One synopsis for Richard Armitage’s next film Pilgrimage, says that the monks are on a “reluctant pilgrimage” to deliver their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome. The relic in question: a stone used in the martyrdom of St Matthias, the 13th Apostle.here
Matthias, it turns out, was selected by Peter to backfill the 12th position as Apostle vacated by Judas. Uniquely, he was the only apostle not selected by Jesus, himself. Writings on Matthias’s history vary, including where he preached and how he died, but scholars seem to agree that he spent at least some time in Judea. He’s also reported to have preached in Georgia, along the Caspian Sea and Ethiopia, in a town that practiced cannibalism where he might have been eaten, or, might have been saved. One source says he died of old age.
For our purposes, he had to be martyred by stoning, else how would the Pilgrimage relic be a stone used in his martyrdom?. Some sources say he was stoned to death by the Jews under the order of Annas, and others say he was stoned to death in modern-day Georgia. I’m hoping for Georgia, but I think not, because one source recounts that in Jerusalem, Matthias asked that two stones used to kill him be buried with him. I’m guessing one of these buried stones is the Irish relic.
It’s amusing to me that in one film, Richard Armitage’s character engages in a long arduous journey focused on obtaining a powerful stone, while in another, his character is engaged in a long, arduous journey, focused on getting rid of one.
My mind is spinning on how to respectfully insert the phrase, Richard Armitage again getting his rocks off, – but for now, I’m chickening out and settling for this.