Feast of Saints Simon and Jude

Saints Simon and Jude are two of the most obscure of Christ's disciples. They were both mentioned by name in the Gospels, and it was St Jude who asked Jesus why he chose to reveal himself only to the disciples at the Last Supper, but neither of them is mentioned again after Pentecost. Some claim that they were brothers, while others insist that they were not. There are many legends of their activities, and they are often contradictory.

St Simon is known as the Zealot, so named because he passionately cared about the Law of Moses. Some scholars are of the opinion that Simon was the bridegroom at the wedding in Cana, and that afterwards he left his bride to follow Christ. Tradition holds that he went to Africa after Pentecost, possibly visiting Egypt and Ethiopia, and wandered throughout the middle east for 30 years or more, with St Jude as his frequent travelling companion. He is also said to have visited Britain, and some claim that he was martyred in Lincolnshire. He is also said to have been crucified in Samaria, sawn in half at Suanir, Persia, and beheaded at Weriosphora, Persia. Others insist that he died of extreme old age in Edessa. In art, he is often depicted with a saw, or a fish.

Tradition holds that St Jude was a cousin of Jesus, and he preached the Gospel in Judea, Lebanon, Samaria, Syria, Persia Libya, Turkey, and Armenia, where he became patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church. He is commonly identified with Thaddaeus, who appears in the list of Apostles in Matthew and Mark, but where there is no mention of Jude. He is also believed to be the author of the letter in the New Testament bearing his name. As with St Simon, nothing certain is known of his life after Pentecost, but there are many legends. He is known as the 'patron of hopeless causes,' and this devotion is said to have come from fear of praying to the betrayer, Judas Iscariot, because of their similar names. The theory was that the ignored St Jude became eager to assist anyone who sought his help, to the point of intervening in the most dire of circumstances.

Some say Jude was martyred at Beirut in about 65 AD along with St Simon, having variously been beheaded, clubbed, or stoned to death. The other place of his martyrdom has been given as Persia, again, alongside St Simon. Other scholars insist that as St Simon was the last of the Apostles to die, of old age, Saints Simon and Jude were probably not together when Jude met his end. In art St Jude is usually portrayed holding an axe, club, or the model of a ship.

Sometime after their deaths, the bodies of Saints Simon and Jude were brought from the place of their martyrdom to Rome, and reburied in one tomb under the main altar of St Joseph in St Peter's Basilica.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

9:30 am Sung Eucharist (Book of Alternative Services rite)

Choral music to be decided


11:00 am Solemn Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer rite)

Choral music to be decided


7:00 pm Solemn Evensong & Devotions

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