Holy Apostle Jude Thaddæus Jacobi
St. Judas, not Iscariot, is also called Thaddeus
or Lebbæus, both of which
mean chesty or hearty. One of the twelve apostles, Jude is remembered for
asking at the Lord's supper why the disciples had been chosen to see what
the world was not allowed to see. He has been sometimes considered the
same as Jude, the kinsman of the Lord, the author of the epistle of Jude;
this conflation is not the tradition of the Eastern church, nor the
consensus of scholars. Jude is called in the gospels Jude of James, and
some believe that he was the brother or son of James, son of
He is said to have preached in Mesopotamia, Syria, and Persia. Because he
is often considered the missionary partner of Simon Zelotes, some have
speculated that Jude was also a member of the Zealots, who observed Mosaic
law rigorously. He is said to have been martyred in Persia or at Beirut.
In the VIII Century, his relics are supposed to have been translated to
St. Peter's, Rome. Rheims and Toulouse claim to hold some of his relics.
Karen Rae Keck
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