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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Saint Simon and Saint Jude

Saint Simon and Saint Jude

We don’t know very much about Saints Simon and Jude the Apostles.

This Saint Simon is not Peter but “Simon the Canaanite” or “Simon the Zealot.” That means this apostle was, before he followed Jesus, probably a Jewish nationalist revolutionary against the authority of Rome.

Jude, who also was called Lebbaeus and surnamed Thaddeus, is mentioned in Saint John’s Gospel as a brother of Saint James the Greater (brother also of John and son of Zebedee), and therefore is also a family member of Christ himself. The New Testament Epistle of Jude is traditionally ascribed to this Jude. For many centuries, Saint Jude Thaddeus has been regarded in popular devotion as the ‚Äúpatron saint of desperate or lost causes,‚Äù but the basis of this tradition is obscure.

Saints Simon and Jude are linked together as apostles to Persia (Iran) and martyrs there. The churches they founded, in spite of centuries of persecution, still exist.

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 liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

Each day we welcome hundreds of friends, neighbors and visitors, who come to worship, pray and quietly explore. If you find yourself in the middle of Midtown with some time on your hands, please stop by. You won’t regret it.

If you enter the church during a worship service, please join us. Simply have a seat in one of the pews. For services at the High Altar, leaflets are available from an usher. For services in the Chantry Chapel (which is to the left side after you enter the Fifth Avenue doors), service cards are available at the entrance to the aisle approximately 20 minutes before the start of the service. During worship services, please turn off all mobile devices. The use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited. We encourage you to particpate in the worship service, but you are also welcome to sit quiety and observe.

If you visit when no organized event is underway, you are generally free to walk around the nave and Chantry Chapel to explore the wonders of the church. Printed self-guided tour pamphlets are available in the narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue doors. You might notice others quietly praying or meditating, or someone at the rail in the Chantry Chapel venerating the Blessed Sacrament. Still others might be softly speaking with a priest or staff member. So while you may take photos during these times, and roam freely within the nave (the public area of the church), we ask that you take care not to disturb others. Silencing your electronic devices will help.