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Acts of the Apostles 1:12-17, 21-26 (§2)

Monday of Bright Week

In those days: they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet near Jerusalem - a mere sabbath's journey away.  Entering the city, they went to the upstairs room where they were staying: Peter and John and James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus (Al-fay-us), Simon, the Zealot (Zel-uht) party member, and Judas son of James.  Together they devoted themselves to constant prayer.  There were some women in their company, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

At one point during those days, Peter stood up in the center of the brothers; there must have been a hundred and twenty gathered together.  “Brothers,” he said, “the saying in Scripture uttered long ago by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of David was destined to be fulfilled in Judas, the one who guided those that arrested Jesus.  He was one of our number and he had been given a share in this ministry of ours. It is entirely fitting, therefore, that one of those who was of our company while the Lord Jesus moved among us, from the baptism of John until the day he was taken up from us, should be named as witness with us to his resurrection.”  At that they nominated two, Joseph (called Barsabbas (Bar-sab-bas), also known as Justus) and Matthias.  Then they prayed: “O Lord, you read the hearts of men.  Make known to us which ofthese two you choose for this apostolic ministry, replacing Judas, who deserted the cause and went the way he was destined to go.”  They then drew lots between the two men.  The choice fell to Matthias, who was added to the eleven apostles. 

Text from the New American Bible (1970).