To St. Matthias the Apostle / by Joseph Castorino


You were added to the Eleven just a little bit later,

But it’s sad that you’re known for replacing the traitor.


You were a part of the mission of the seventy-two,

And you saw how Jesus’ power made all things new.


On Pentecost you received the promised Paraclete,

And heard the first papal speech of good old St. Pete.


You mortified your flesh to kill your desire,

Coupled with virtue, it helped put out the fire.


As a martyr, you were stoned in the year 80 A.D.,

Now surrounded by Love, you’re finally free.