Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Name Day, Matouš! Všechno nejlepší k svátku!

Today we honor Matouš.  Happy name day, Matouš!
The name Matouš is the Czech form of Matthew, used to refer to the evangelist and apostle also known as Levi.  The name Matthew means "God's gift".

Saint Matthew, also called Levi, was one of the twelve apostles.  He was a tax collector, and supposedly the author of the first Gospel in the New Testament.  As an English name, Matthew has been in use since the Middle Ages.

Saint Matthew and the Angel by Guido Reni