Saints Simon and Jude are two of the 12 Apostles. However, the name Jude is only mentioned in Luke and Acts; while little is known about the life of Simon.
Jude is the patron saint of lost causes. Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus, but his original name is actually Judas Iscariot. Evidently, this name was shortened to “Jude” in English because of the disgrace associated with the name “Judas.” Also, contrary to popular belief, scholars say that Jude is actually not the author of the Letter of Jude. (Read: Caught up in a desperate situation? Let St. Jude help!)
Simon, on the other hand, is mentioned on all four lists of the Apostles. Despite this, little is known about his life post-Pentecost. According to reports, he is believed to have preached in Egypt and joined St. Jude in Persia. There, he was reportedly martyred by being cut in half with a saw—a tool he is often depicted with. However, there is also a version of his story wherein 4th-century St. Basil the Great says he died in Edessa peacefully.
Today, October 28, the Catholic world celebrates the feast day of these two great saints and apostles. Let us observe this special day with a short prayer.
Prayer for the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude
O God, Who, through Thy blessed Apostles Simon and Jude,
hast brought us to the knowledge of Thy name,
grant that we may celebrate their everlasting glory
by advancing in good works,
and that we may advance in good works by celebrating their glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee,
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God,
a world without end.
Prayer from catholicdoors.com.