7 Things to Know About St. Simon of Jerusalem

The Crucifixion of St. Simon of Jerusalem
Miniature From the Menologion of Basil II
- an Illuminated Liturgical Book (c. AD 1000)
Is he not the carpenter's son?  Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
- Matthew 13:55



Seven Things to Know About St. Simon of Jerusalem

~1~ 
He was probably a cousin or close friend to Jesus' family rather than a full-blooded brother.

~2~ 
He may have been the son of Cleopas, one of the travelers to Emmaus.

~3~ 
He was unanimously chosen to replace James, the first Bishop of Jerusalem when he died in AD 62.

~4~ 
He mysteriously knew about the destruction of Jerusalem to take place in AD 70 and moved his flock across the Jordan River to Pella.

~5~
After the danger had passed, he returned with the early Christians of Jerusalem and the Church flourished.

~6~
Near AD 107, Emperor Trajan began a new persecution and the elderly Bishop Simon of Jerusalem was tortured and crucified.  

~7~
His name is mentioned only twice in the Bible:  Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3.


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