Saints in the Roman Canon (Part 11)

In the Roman Canon, after Matthew we find Simon and Jude.


St. Simon, the Zealot, is in the veneration of the Church connected with St. Judas Thaddeus, who was a brother of St. James the Less.  Both Martyrs consumed and sacrificed their lives by their labors in Mesopotamia and Persia, where Simon was cut in two with a sword and Judas was shot to death with arrows. Their holy bodies repose in the cathedral of St. Peter in Rome.


Here the record of the Apostles closes, that the holy number twelve should not be exceeded. For the number twelve is symbolical “of the universality of the Church of Christ, which extends to the four quarters of the world, in the unity of faith in the triune God.  Hence the heavenly city Jerusalem, this figure of the Church of Christ in its completion, has four walls and in each wall three portals, the twelve entrances being built upon twelve precious stones which bear the

names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb” (Rev. 21).  The Apostles not only scattered the seed of the Divine Word, but they labored to bring it to maturity by watering it with the sweat of their brow and by shedding their hearts’ blood.  Built and resting upon the chief cornerstone Christ, the Apostles have thus become the foundation of the Church, which for this reason is called Apostolic.


St. Simon and St. Jude, pray for us!


For the Greater Glory of God,

Fr. Matt