His story: After the ascension of Jesus, the disciples gathered to choose a replacement for Judas Iscariot. The lot fell to Matthias. See Acts 1:15-26
Tradition says he preached in Judea, Colchis (modern Georgia), and Cappadocia (Turkey) and north to the Caspian Sea. It is claimed that the remains of Matthias were taken to Italy and that part of these relics are interred in the Abbey of St. Mathias in Trier Germany.
On a personal note from Kim: I have seen his icon written on the wall of a cave city in Turkey, and we visited this Abbey when we lived in Germany. Trier was Michael’s favorite city. He loved the plaza, Porta Nigra, the “monkey man,” and the pastry shop just to left of the plaza. He still remembers!
Collect for the Day: Almighty God, who in the place of Judas chose your faithful servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve: Grant that your Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be guided and governed by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.