September 21 – Saint Matthew the Apostle: Patron Saint of Security Forces

Saint Matthew, Patron Saint of Security Forces (Feast Date: September 21)

Extract from ST. MATTHEW, APOSTLE: “Saint Matthew, the first-century tax collector turned apostle who chronicled the life and ministry of Christ in his Gospel, is celebrated by the Church today, September 21. Although relatively little is known about the life of St. Matthew, the account he wrote of Christ’s ministry – traditionally considered to be the first of the four Gospels – is of inestimable value to the Church, particularly in its verification of Jesus as the Messiah. . . . . Jesus most likely first encountered Matthew near the house of Peter, in Capernaum near the Sea of Galilee. The meeting of the two was dramatic, as Matthew’s third-person account in his Gospel captured: “As Jesus passed on,” the ninth chapter recounts, ‘he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, ‘Follow me’. And he got up and followed him.’”  See PICTURES of Saint Matthew. See also: Saint Matthew (Multilingual), St. Matthew (EN), SAINT MATTHEW THE APOSTLE September 21 from The Golden Legend (EN), San Mateo evangelista y apóstol (SP), Matteo apostolo ed evangelista (IT), Saint Matthieu : apôtre et évangéliste (FR), 21 wrześniaŚwięty Mateusz, Apostoł i Ewangelista (PO). VIDEOS: St. Matthew, Sep 21 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Saint Mathew the Apostle, Sep 21 – Homily: Matthew Sinner to Saint, Bach – The Passion According To Saint Matthew, St.Matthew passion bwv 244 conducted by gustav leonhardt, St. Thomas Choir (Thomanerchor) singing Matthäuspassion. PRAYER to Saint Matthew.

Saint Matthew the Apostle, Patron Saint of Security Guards (Feast Date:  September 21)

Extract from St. Matthew the Apostle:Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist, also called Levi, was sitting at his tax-collector’s desk in Capernaum when he was called by Christ. He followed Him at once, and also gave a feast for Him and the other disciples. After the resurrection of Christ, while Matthew was still in Judea before going to the district which it had fallen to his lot to evangelize, he wrote the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Hebrew for the sake of the Jews who had become believers. Then he went to Ethiopia and preached the Gospel, confirming his teaching with many miracles.  By one of his greatest miracles, that of bringing back to life the king’s daughter, he converted the king and his wife together with the whole country to the faith of Christ. . . . ” See picture of Saint Matthew, videos: St. Matthew the ApostleSaint Matthew the Evangelist, Apostle (September 21), and Prayers to St. Matthew.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Matthew the Apostle on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Conflict in Pakistan (July, 2011) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 18  – July 31, 2011.

Bombings in Somalia (May 2, 2010) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: May 10 – May 23, 2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,

make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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