Lent Madness: Matthias vs. Absalom Jones

February 12, 2016 Comments Off on Lent Madness: Matthias vs. Absalom Jones


Results are in for yesterday’s match up. On the Lent Madness site, Helena trounced Monnica 62% to 38% in record voting. On our St. Luke’s blog, our vote of confidence was even higher for Helena giving her a whopping 90% of the vote. Today’s match up is: Matthias vs. Absalom Jones. .

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.


What do you do when you need a new apostle?

Jesus chose the original twelve, but with the betrayal of Judas and Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension, the eleven remaining disciples were faced with choosing a twelfth. Twelve is a Biblical number of completeness. The disciples, preparing for the next part of their journey, needed to be complete. For the successor to Judas, they cast lots—the practice of pulling a marked stone or stick out of a group. The lot fell on Matthias, and he was added to the apostles. After his election, we hear nothing more about Matthias in the New Testament.

Information about Matthias from other sources states he was born in Bethlehem and studied under Simeon (of Song of Simeon fame). He and Andrew traveled together to spread the gospel into Ethiopia. Matthias is said to have encountered… Read more here.

Absalom-Jones_Peale-248x300Absalom Jones

Absalom Jones was the first African American priest in The Episcopal Church. At age sixteen, Absalom was sold to a man who took him to Philadelphia. There, Jones attended a night school run by Quakers. In 1777 he purchased his wife’s freedom with his earnings; in 1784 he purchased his own.

Jones became a lay minister at St. George’s Methodist Church. Alarmed by the increasing number of the church’s black parishioners, the vestry decided to segregate blacks into an upstairs gallery, without notifying them. When the ushers tried to carry out this order, Jones, his friend, Richard Allen, and all the other black members walked out.… Read more here.

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