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Feast of SS. Simon and Jude

October 28 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

St. Jude Thaddaeus

St. Jude, also referred to as Thaddaeus in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, was the brother of St. James the Lesser, and a legal cousin of Jesus. He preached the Gospel throughout Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia.

St. Jude is the author of the short epistle that appears in the New Testament. At the Last Supper, St. Jude asked Jesus why He would not manifest Himself to the entire world after His resurrection. There is little else known about him, but it is believed that he was martyred in Armenia, then under the rule of Persia, having been beaten to death by a club and beheaded afterwards. His relics are located at Saint Peter’s in Rome, in Rheims, and in Toulouse, France.

In his New Testament letter, St. Jude stresses the importance of perseverance during difficult times. Thus, he is the patron saint of difficult situations, lost and impossible causes, hospital workers, and hospitals.

St. Simon the Zealot

Called Simon the Zealot so as to distinguish him from St. Simon Peter, there is little known about him. The Zealots were a Jewish group who believed the promise of the Messiah would lead to an independent Jewish nation, where they would never be forced to pay taxes to Rome again. Some of the Zealots acted akin to modern-day terrorists as they raided, killed, and began riots. It is believed that the Zealots destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem in 72 AD.

St. Simon is typically depicted as holding a saw. This alludes to his martyrdom as he was supposedly martyred by being sawed in half.

Novena to SS. Jude and Simon

O God, we thank Thee for the glorious company of the Apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude; and we pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

O Glorious Saint Simon, you were a cousin of Jesus and a devoted follower as well. You were called “the Zealot,” indicating that you were willing to give your life for your religion and your freedom as a human person. Obtain for us the grace to be willing to give our lives for Christ and to labor for the freedom and peace that only God can give. Help us to spend ourselves for God on earth and be received by him in eternal bliss in heaven. Amen.

Glorious Saint Jude, with faith in your goodness I ask your help today. As one of Christ’s chosen Apostles, you are a pillar and foundation of His Church on earth. You are among the elders who stand always before God’s throne.

Saint Jude, you are renowned for your kinship with Christ and your physical resemblance to our Savior. Help me remain close to Christ and resemble Him in my outlook and actions.

Holy Apostle, you are venerated for your work of preaching the gospel and your faithfulness to Christ by a martyr’s death. Assist me to preach the good news of Christ by word and example, and remain steadfast in His service as you were.

From your place of glory, do not forget the needs and difficulties of Christ’s little ones like me, still struggling on the way home to God. Pray for me that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (name special problem) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever.

Intercede for us all, gracious, brother Saint Jude, and pray for us to the Lord our God in our daily toil and our necessities. Amen.


October 28
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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