Name: St Simon the Zealot
Death: Late 1st or early 2nd century AD. Disputed location and circumstances.
One tradition holds he was sawed to death.
Feast Day: October 28
Patronage: Sawyers, Tanners, and Curriers
Customs: Bread of the Dead is prepared on this day in some cultures.
Shrine: Altar of the Crucifixion, St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.
Scripture and Life Story:
The scriptures write very little about St Simon the Apostle.
St Simon was called “the Zealot” because of his devotion to the Jewish Law.
Apocryphal texts hold St Simon and St Jude Thaddeus were martyred in Persia.
With thanks to Rev Dr Paul Stenhouse MSC, Whatever happened to the twelve apostles? (2006, Chevalier Press)
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