Saint Matthew is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ and the traditional author of the first Synoptic Gospel. His symbol is an angel, which represents Jesus' incarnation and implies that we should use our power to reason to achieve salvation. Saint Matthew is also a patron saint of tax collectors and accountants.
The main symbol in Saint Matthew's iconography is the angel, which denotes service to God and preaching activities. The facial features in Eastern Orthodox icons of Saint Matthew are accurate, sharp, and devoid of emotion. He wears a blue himation and a purple chiton while holding the Gospel as a symbol of liturgical service.
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