Matthew's Name Day
St Matthew is a patron saint of the following:
Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Matthew has the following symbols associated
Historically Famous Matthews
Surprisingly little is known about the man who gave us the longest of the synoptic Gospels. Matthew appears in the Gospels as a Jew who was collaborating with Romans as one of their tax collectors. Mark and Luke call him 'Levi' which meant that he belonged to the priestly tribe of Israel. Jesus' call to follow him must have surprised the other Jewish disciples, since 'good' Jews hated the collaborators, but he is said to have obeyed the call at once, leaving his ill-gotten gains for a rather more ascetic lifestyle. Tradition has it that Matthew was martyred in Ethiopia or Persia, and that his remains were brought to Brittany, France.