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Federico Barocci, Virgin and Child with Its Simon and Jude (Madonna di San Simone)

 

Feast of Saints Simon and Jude

(1st c.)

St. Jude Thaddeus was a blood relative of Jesus Christ and one of his Twelve Apostles. He was known for his preaching, healing, exorcisms, and his appearance was said to have closely matched that of Jesus’. He is the patron of impossible causes, desperate situations, and hospitals. He also wrote the book of the Bible that bears his name. St. Simon the Zealot (1st c.) was also one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles, but one of the most obscure. He earned his name for being zealous for the honor of Jesus, showing a holy indignation towards those who claimed Christ with their lips while dishonoring him with their manner of life. After the Ascension of Jesus, towards the end of his life, it is believed that St. Simon joined St. Jude to preach the Gospel in Persia, where they were both martyred in 65 A.D.

St. Simon the Zealot and St. Jude Thaddeus share a feast day on October 28th.

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Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope
Image- San Simón | Jusepe de Ribera:Image- Saint Jude Thaddeus | Georges de La Tour

But you, beloved, build yourselves up in the most holy faith, pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal live.”

Jude 1:20-21

Saints Simon and Jude, Apostle martyrs, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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