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Monday, October 29, 2007

St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles

28 October

This year the Festival of St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles falls on Sunday. In the Lutheran tradition it is common to transfer the observance of Reformation Day (Oct. 31) to this Sunday. Thus many churches will not even hear or know of the festival that is set aside for these two apostles.

Little is known about St. Simon and St. Jude except that they are listed in the gospels and Acts together with the other apostles, including the greater known Peter, James, and John. In contrast, there is more written about Martin Luther than any other individual after Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

The transferring of the observance of Reformation to October 28 seems to underline the reality that Simon and Jude are not well known. One thing that is known about them. The Lord chose them to be His apostles and they followed Him. So even though it is unfortunate that their festival is set aside more often than not, and that little is known about them as individuals, they are indeed well-known.

. . . who in the multitude of Your saints did surround us with so great a cloud of witnesses that we, rejoicing in their fellowship, may run with patience the race that is set before us and, together with them, may receive the crown of glory that does not fade away
- Proper Preface - All Saints

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