Jude the Apostle

Tradition and legend
Death and remains

Death and Remains

According to the Armenian tradition, Saint Jude suffered martyrdom about AD 65 in Beirut, Lebanon together with the apostle Simon the Zealot, with whom he is usually connected.   Their acts and martyrdom were recorded in an Acts of Simon and Jude that was among the collection of passions and legends traditionally associated with the legendary Abdias, bishop of Babylon, and said to have been translated into Latin by his disciple Tropaeus Africanus, according to the Golden Legend account of the saints.   The Roman Catholic Church venerates Saints Simon and Jude together on October 28.

Sometime after his death, Saint Jude's body was brought from Beirut, Lebanon to Rome and placed in a crypt in St. Peter's Basilica which is visited by many devotees.   According to popular tradition, the remains of St. Jude were preserved in an Armenian monastery on an island in the northern part of Issyk-Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan at least until mid-15th century.   Later legend either denounce remains as being preserved there or moved to yet more desolate stronghold in the Pamir mountains.   Recent discovery of the ruins of what could be that monastery may put an end to the dispute.[

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Saint Jude, Hope of the Hopeless,
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