Friday, September 30, 2022

St Simon the Zealot, Apostle – Feast Day – October 28

St Simon the Zealot or the Cananean was one of the chosen apostles of Jesus as written in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. He is one of those apostles whose information is little known.

We celebrate his feast day together with St Jude Thaddaeus, Apostle on October 28 every year in the Catholic Church.

St Simon is the Patron Saint of

  • Curriers
  • Sawyers
  • Tanners
St Simon the Zealot, Apostle Biography
St Simon the Zealot, Apostle
St Simon the Zealot, Apostle
Date of Birth 1st-century AD
Place of Birth Israel
Profession Apostles of Jesus
Place of Death Persia, Iran
Feast Day October 28
Canonization Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of
  • Curriers
  • Sawyers
  • Tanners

St Simon the Apostle Life History

St Simon was a simple Galilean, called by Our Lord to be one of the pillars of His Church. Zelotes, “the zealot,” was the surname which he bore among the disciples. Armed with this zeal he went forth to the combat against unbelief and sin, and made the conquest of many souls for His divine Lord.

St Simon is said to have preached in Egypt and later on in life joined St Jude in Persia where they preached and converted many to Christ. As fate would have it, their preaching also attracted enemies who martyred them.

St Simon is mentioned several times in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.

The calling of the Twelve Apostles by Jesus

2 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
3 Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
4 Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

Matthew 10:4

16 [he appointed the twelve:] Simon, whom he named Peter;
17 James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder;
18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
19 and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

Mark 3:18

14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
15 Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot,
16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Luke 6:15

The First Community in Jerusalem

13 When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.

Acts 1:13

Death

St Simon was killed using a saw and died as a martyr in Armenia together with St Jude.

Relics

After his death, St Simon’s remains were taken to Rome and preserved in a crypt inside St. Peter’s Basilica. He shares his tomb together with St Jude Thaddaeus, Apostle.

St Simon the Zealot Feast Day

We celebrate his feast day together with St Jude Thaddaeus, Apostle on October 28 every year in the Catholic Church.

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