Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles
Very little is known of St. Simon, aside from his nickname the zealot. Traditions say that he went from Jerusalem, to North Africa and Carthage. From there he went to Spain, and then Britain. It is said he was crucified on May 10th, in Lincolnshire, Britain.
Another legend says he traveled with St. Jude to Syria, Mesopotamia, and on to Persia, where Simon was sawn in two and Jude martyred with a halberd.
Of Jude we know little as well. He allegedly preached the Gospel in Judaea, Samaria, Idumea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Libya. It is also said he visited Beirut. He, together with Jude are believed to have preached the gospel in Armenia as well. According to the Armenians, Jude died in the year 65 AD in Beirut. The Epistle of Jude is attributed to him.
Collect: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the example of Simon and Jude who were zealots for the faith, and who gave their lives for you. Grant us strength and courage to live and die for you as well. This we ask through our Lord and Saviour Yeshua haMoshiach, who lives and reins with you and the Ruach haKodesh, one God in glory everlasting. Amen. (red)