Feast of Saint Matthew

Saint Matthew was a disciple and apostle of Christ, and is believed to be the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament.

According to that Gospel, Matthew (also known as Levi) was a tax-gatherer when he first encountered Jesus. At that time, tax collectors were viewed as collaborators who extorted money from the population in order to support the Roman occupation, while enriching themselves in the process. An outcast from his own people, the fact that Jesus befriended Matthew at all, let alone called him a disciple, was extremely disconcerting to their fellow Jews.

Oddly enough, the Gospel of Matthew is the one which relates most clearly that Jesus was faithful to his Jewish heritage. He even wrote his book in Aramaic, hoping perhaps that this would help to convince those around him that Jesus was, in fact, the Messiah they had been waiting for. It was a radical message at a time when most people were expecting a militant Messiah who would drive Rome out of Palestine with an army.  

Little is known of Matthew's later life. Some traditions hold that he left Israel around 42 AD to escape persecution, and he may have gone to Parthia, Persia, or Ethiopia. We do not know how or when he died.

Service Music

9:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist (Book of Alternative Services rite)
Choral music by David Hurd, Philip Radcliffe

11:00 a.m. Solemn Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer rite)
Choral music by Palestrina; organ music by Bach

6:30 p.m. Evensong Prelude | Matthew Larkin, organ
Chorale Prelude on "Aeterna Christi Munera" - Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Prélude, Fugue, et Variation - César Franck (1822-90)
Toccata - Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)

7:00 p.m. Solemn Evensong & Devotions
Choral music by Mathias, Joubert, Tippett; organ music by Mathias