Wednesday, 28 October 2020

St Simon and St Jude 28th October

 In medieval times the weather on the 28th was thought to predict the next 40 days and often marked the end of any mild spell with colder and windier weather moving in. 

On Saint Simon and Saint Jude 
winter approaches at a gentle trot

 This year we seem to have already had the windier weather and much rain but relatively mild so far.

Saints Simon and Jude were two of Jesus's first 12 apostles. Simon  is often called Simon the Zealot - probably to distinguish him from Simon Peter and Jude is thought to have been either a relative of Jesus, perhaps his brother or a brother of James.
There are two stories about Simon's end - either he was killed as a Martyr in Persia or he died peacefully in Edessa in Greece.
 
This is Saint Simon as he appears in my saints book

 
 
Jude is mentioned 4 times in the New Testament
  1. "Jude of James", one of the twelve apostles Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13;
  2. "Judas, (not Judas Iscariot)", apparently an apostle (John 14 :22);
  3. the brother of Jesus Mathew 13:55 Mark 6:3
  4. the writer of the Epistle of Jude, who identifies himself as "the brother of James" (Jude 1).
 
Saint Jude is often said to have been killed at the same time as Simon. No painting of St Jude in the Saints book.

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Sue

12 comments:

  1. There are all sorts of legends about the death of Simon the Zealot including one that he died at the town where I now live. No, I don't believe it either!

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    1. Not much information about either in my Saints book - quite a long time ago I guess!

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  2. They are highly venerated in the Catholic Church as apostles and spreading the word of God.

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  3. I have never heard of tying the coming season to St. Simon's birthday! I've understood the idea of apostles, but the saint/canonization thing has always mystified me.

    But according to medieval thoughts on the matter, our winter will be wet, cold and gray. I believe it.

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    1. So many Saints days have weather related rhymes or sayings - the way of predicting before TV weather forecasts!

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  4. I only know of St Simon as a rather vicious Victorian racehorse!

    Any news about Pat (Weaver)?

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    1. No news on Pat. I'm keeping everything crossed - being her age in hospital any time is worrying but this year makes it doubly so

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  5. even if you baby boomers don't die from covid19, you're still going to end up in retirement homes getting treated like crap. Maybe you boomers shouldn't have outsourced all the jobs and imported tens of millions of cheap immigrants to replace your children's generation in the economy? Those same immigrants will be the ones working in the retirement homes, and they are NOT going to treat you very well. This is your karma for destroying your country and your children's future. You boomers get what you fucking deserve.

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    1. i do enjoy trolls , shame theyve come in from the garden now the weathers getting colder

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  6. Saint Jude: One of the Twelve, brother of St James the Less and therefore related by blood to our Lord. H is the writer of one of the canonical letters. The tradition is that he preached in Mesopotamia, and afterwards, together with St Simon, in Persia, where he was martyred. His feast is kept with St. Simon, and Jude is regarded as the patron of diffivcult or hopeless cases or prpblems. He is depicted as a bearded man, holding an oar, boat or boat hook, or a club; and a book.
    This is what I found in my Saints book.

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