Feast Day: February 24
In those days Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren (now the number of persons met together was about a hundred and twenty), and he said Brethren, the Scripture must be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit declared before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was the guide of those who arrested Jesus; inasmuch as he had been numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.
“And he indeed bought a field with the price of his iniquity and, being hanged, burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
And it became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field came to be called in their language Haceldama, that is, the Field of Blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let their habitation become desolate and let there be none to dwell in it. And, His ministry let another take. Therefore, of these men who have been in our company all the time that the Lord Jesus moved among us, from Johns baptism until the day that he was taken up from us, of these one must become a witness with us of his resurrection.
And they put forward two: Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away to go to his own place. And they drew lots between them, and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles.
Epistle and Gospel for February 24