Simon and Jude

Little is known of the apostles Simon and Jude after the Pentecost.   They were apparently cousins and former fisherman.   Western tradition says Simon, called the Canaanite or the Zealot, first preached in Egypt.   Jude, also called Thaddaeus, preached in Mesopotania.   Together they went to Persia (Iran) where they suffered martyrdom at Sufian (or at Siani).

The relics of Simon and Jude are believed to have been translated to St. Peter's, Rome in the 7th-8th century.   Reims and Toulouse also claimed notable relics.

In art, Simon's usual emblem is a boat or else a falchion which was the weapon the heathen priests sawed him to death.   Jude's usual emblem is a club, the instrument of his death.

In the East, their feast day is July 1, the date of their death.   In the West, their feast day is October 28 which possibly represents their translation to St. Peter's, Rome.

Prayer

Saints Simon and Jude, you left home and traveled afar in order to bring the Good News of God's love to all the nations.   You preached enthusiastically about what you learned personally from the words and works of our Lord, Jesus.   You courageously faced criticism, rejection and eventually martyrdom.   Ask the Lord to send us his Spirit so that we might be faithful messengers of God's love, forgiveness and justice to our selfish, violent and unjust world.   Help us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world by the loving and compassionate way we speak to and treat one another.   Amen.

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