Saints Simon and Jude
Apostles and Martyrs
(Feast Day 28 October)

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 Saints Simon the Zealot (aka Simeon) and Jude (aka Thaddeus)

 

Luke 6:12-16

Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, spending the night in communion with God. At daybreak He called His disciples and selected twelve of them to be His apostles: Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter, and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who turned traitor.

 

Feast of Saints Simon and Jude

from various sources

Saint Simon the Zealot

This apostle, Saint Simon the Zealot, shares the feast with Saint Jude Thaddeus because it is believed both were sent to Persia where they were martyred for the faith in the first century. Saint Simon was referred to as the Cananean in Matthew 10:4 and Mark 3:18 and called the Zealot because of his great zeal in upholding the Jewish Law (cf. Luke 6:15 and Acts 1:13).  Cananean means "Zelotes" in Greek and therefore gives credence to this concept. It was also necessary to give him a title to distinguish him from Saint Simon Peter who Jesus constantly addressed as Simon in Sacred Scripture. After the Council of Jerusalem after Jesus' Ascension, Simon went to Egypt where he preached the Gospel there and then on to Carthage, up into Spain where James had been and even into Britain. Sailing back through the Mediterranean he returned to Jerusalem where he joined Jude on missionary journeys east to Syria, Mesopotamia and into Persia which is today Iran. Historians report that he was sawed in half and left to the beasts to devour. He is often depicted in art holding the instrument of his martyrdom.

Again the eastern church differs in the account of this apostle, where his feast is celebrated on May 10th, maintaining he died peacefully at Edessa on October 28th, but because of the nature of his mission and the people he was ministering to, it is highly unlikely he escaped the crown of martyrdom. This fact was confirmed by Church scholar and historian Saint Fortunatus, bishop of Poitier in the 6th Century.

 

Saint Jude Thaddeus

The saint known as the Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases, Saint Jude Thaddeus was a cousin of Jesus since he was the nephew of the Blessed Mother and her chaste spouse Saint Joseph. Jude was also the brother of Saint James the Less, a fellow apostle as pointed out in Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13. In Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3 Jude is called only Thaddeus. Yet they are both the same man. In fact, most likely Jude was a boyhood companion of Jesus, for his and James' father was Cleophas who died a martyr and whose wife was Mary of Cleophas, who stood at the foot of the Cross (Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40).

Both Jude and James left everything behind to follow Jesus, so taken were they with their childhood Friend Who had planted the seeds of a lasting vocation to follow Him. After the Council of Jerusalem, he left for Edessa where tradition tells that he healed the king of Edessa of leprosy by holding up a shield of Christ and proclaiming the Name of Jesus over the pagan ruler. StJude.jpg (26787 bytes)

Jude was instilled with special gifts of the Holy Spirit including ordering the demons to leave the pagan idols in many of the temples he visited. Once they were gone, the idol images toppled to the ground, smashing in pieces. It was a sign to all that Jude's God was the One True God.

It is believed Jude returned to Jerusalem and then returned to Syria with Saint Simon. While it is believed Simon died in the city of Suanis, Persia, some believe Jude suffered martyrdom in Beirut which is today Lebanon.

Jude wrote his Epistle warning Christian converts of the dangers of heresy and immorality some time between 62 and 67 A.D. after the death of his blood brother Saint James who had been the Bishop of Jerusalem and before the death of Saint Peter, for Peter referred to Jude's Epistle in his own Second Epistle (2Peter 2:6, 10-18; 3:2-3).

Some accounts relate Jude was crucified on the Cross as an example to all, but most hold to the tradition that he was clubbed to death and beheaded. He is often depicted holding the face of Jesus and a club, the instrument of his martyrdom. In some illustrations a flame protrudes from his forward representing the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Prayer to Saint Jude

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes)Glorious Saint Jude Thaddeus, by those sublime
privileges with which you were adorned in your
lifetime, namely, your relationship with Our Lord
Jesus Christ according to the flesh, and your
vocation to be an Apostle, and by that glory
which now is yours in Heaven as the reward of
your apostolic labors and your martyrdom, obtain
for me from the Giver of every good and perfect
gift all the graces of which I stand in need:


(Mention your request here)

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes)May I treasure up in my heart the divinely
inspired doctrines that you have given us in your
Epistle: to build my edifice of holiness upon our
most holy faith, by praying for the grace of the
Holy Spirit- to keep myself in the love of God,
looking for the mercy of Jesus Christ unto eternal
fife; to strive by all means to help those who go astray.
May I thus praise the glory and majesty, the
dominion and power of Him Who is able to keep
me without sin and to present me spotless with
great joy at the coming of our Divine Savior, the
Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen

 

Novena to Saint Jude

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes)Most holy Apostle, St Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus,  the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult  cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.

Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive  the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and  sufferings, particularly -

(make your request here)

- and that I may praise  God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St Jude, to be  ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.

Amen

 

Prayer to Saint Jude

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes)May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, and loved in all the  tabernacles until the end of time.

Amen

May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever.

Amen

Saint Jude pray for us and hear our prayers.

Amen

Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Blessed be the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Blessed be Saint Jude Thaddeus, in all the world and for all Eternity.

Amen

(say this prayer, followed by the Our Father and the Hail Mary)

 

Consecration to Saint Jude

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes)Saint Jude, Apostle of Christ and glorious
martyr, I desire to honor you with a special
devotion. I choose you as my patron and
protector. To you I entrust my soul and my body,
all my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as
those of my family. To you I consecrate my mind
so that in all things it may be enlightened by faith;
my heart so that you may keep it pure and fill it
with love for Jesus and Mary; my will so that,
like yours, it may always be one with the Will of God.


vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes)I beg you to help me to master my evil
inclinations and temptations and to avoid all
occasions of sin. Obtain for me the grace of
never offending God, of fulfilling faithfully all the
duties of my state of life, and of practicing all
those virtues that are needful for my salvation.
Pray for me, my holy patron and helper, so that,
being inspired by your example and assisted by
your prayers, I may live a holy life, die a happy
death, and attain to the glory of Heaven, there to
love and thank God forever.

Amen

 

Prayer to Saint Jude

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes)O God, You made Your Name known to
us through the Apostles.
By the intercession of Saint Jude,
let Your Church continue to grow with an
increased number of believers.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Amen