Festival of St. Simon and St. Jude

Homily by Associate Pastor Chris Tiews, 10/28/2009

Today we honor two saints about whom we know very little from Scripture: St. Simon the Cananean and St. Jude Thaddeus.

They are mentioned in the lists of the twelve apostles (Mt 10:2-4; Mk 3:16-19; Lk 6:14-16; Ac 1:13), taking the tenth and eleventh places. Simon the Cananean is also known as Simon the Zealot or Simon the Canaanite and is not be confused with Simon Peter.

According to early Christian tradition, St. Simon the Cananean and St. Jude Thaddeus journeyed together as missionaries to Persia, where they were martyred.

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