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Holy Apostle Jude Thaddæus Jacobi

I Century
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 Alphæus.

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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