Sts. Simon and Jude

The Holy Apostles

October 28

SIMON was a simple Galilean, called by Our Lord to be one of the pillars of His Church. Zelotes, "the zealot," was the surname which he bore among the disciples. Armed with this zeal he went forth to the combat against unbelief and sin, and made conquest of many souls for His divine Lord.

The apostle Jude, whom the Church commemorates on the same day, was a brother of St. James the Less. They were called "brethren of the Lord," on account of their relationship to His Blessed Mother. St. Jude preached first in Mesopotamia, as St. Simon did in Egypt; and finally, they both met in Persia, where they won their crown together.

Reflection. —Zeal is an ardent love which makes a man fearless in defence of God's honor, and earnest at all costs to make known the truth. If we would be children of the Saints, we must be zealous for the Faith. the

Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition

Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

The Holy Apostles Simon and Jude

October 28

Introit • Ps. 138, 17

To ME Thy Friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. Ps. 38, 1. 2. Lord, Thou hast proved me, and know me; Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up. Gory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O GOD, Who hast granted us to come to the knowledge of Thy name through Thy blessed apostles Simon and Jude, grant us to celebrate their everlasting glory by advancing in knowledge and to improve by this celebration. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Philip 3, 7-12

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Philippians.

[He exhorts them to unity, to put on the new man, and to fly sin.]

BRETHREN, to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ. Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men. Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors, For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Until we all meet into the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ.


Gradual • Ps. 44, 17, 18

Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember thy name, O Lord. Instead of Thy fathers, sons are born to Thee: therefore shall people praise Thee.

Lesser Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 138, 17. To me Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. Alleluia.

Gospel • John 15, 17-25

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St John. 

[A continuation of Christ's discourse to his disciples.]

At THAT time, Jesus said to His disciples, These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember my word that I said to you: The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also.
But all these things they will do to you for my name' s sake: because they know not him who sent me. If I had not come, and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. He that hateth me, hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no other man hath done, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated both me and my Father. But that the word may be fulfilled which is written in their law: They hated me without cause.

Offertory • Ps. 18, 5

Their sound went forth into all the earth; and their words to the end of the world.


VENERATING the everlasting glory of Thy holy apostles, Simon and Jude, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that, being purified by these sacred mysteries, it may the more worthily be celebrated by us. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matt. 19, 28

You who have followed Me shall sit upon seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel.


Having received Thy sacraments, we beseech and supplicate Thee, O Lord, that, by the intercession of Thy blessed apostles Simon and Jude, the things which we do for the veneration of their glory may profit us unto our healing. Through our Lord.