Apostle Matthew (Koufos) Icon - S623

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St. Matthew the Evangelist, also called Levi, also appears both among the icons of the Apostles and beneath the dome. As one of the Twelve Apostles, he witnessed the works and miracles of Jesus, and is traditionally held to have described those in the Gospel of his name.

When he was called to be an Apostle, Matthew was working as a tax collector. Jesus’ choice to befriend a tax collector, which was seen as a sinful profession, surprised many people, but it taught Jesus’ lesson of forgiveness and acceptance.

After the Ascension, Matthew spent his ministry in various places, and is thought to have written his Gospel in Antioch between 50 and 70 AD. He was martyred in Ethiopia.

The Gospel of St. Matthew shows a deep understanding of Jewish law and tradition. Matthew’s focus was on how Jesus, with His coming, fulfilled and reinterpreted these traditions in a new way.

In the icon, he holds an open Gospel. The gold, jeweled book resembles the same ornate gospels used in many Orthodox churches.

This icon was painted by Fr. Theodore Koufos of blessed memory. Offered by permission.


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