Simon & Jude, Apostles

October 28, 2016 all-day
Simon & Jude, Apostles

The feast of St. Simon and St. Jude is celebrated on October 28th. Simon and Jude are comparatively unknown except they are included in the Gospel lists of the apostles. Simon is identified as a Cananean and a zealot, which means he was strict keeper of the law, most likely from Cana. Jude, or Thaddeus as he is sometimes listed, identifies himself as the brother of James and is not to be confused with Judas Iscariot. Simon and Jude are linked because tradition tells us that they were both missionaries to Persia and were martyred there together. It is encouraging that unknown Jude is the most often prayed to saint today, because he is the patron saint of hopeless causes and the namesake of the famous St. Jude’s Children Hospitals.