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Our look at the Saints of Eucharistic Prayer I takes us to the last of the three Apostles. Very little is known historically about these Apostles and many legends abound in that we which do have.
Matthew: Aka - Levi. Tax collector. Gospel writer who reminds us that Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” A Galilean. Son of Alpheus. Present at the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the Ascension and Pentecost. Believed to have preached the Gospel in Alexandria and Ethiopia. Many discrepancies concerning his death and burial. Some say he was stoned, others beheaded or slain. One tradition holds that he was killed while at the altar by a zealous soldier of an angry king. Places of burial range from Germany to Salerno, Italy. In his name let us go out and teach all nations of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Feast Day - September 21. Patron of bankers, accountants and tax collectors.
Simon: Aka - Simon the Zealot, because of his great zeal for the Jewish Law. A Galilean. A Greek Orthodox history of Simon says it was at his wedding that Jesus turned the water into wine. They also claim that the miracle had such a profound impact on Simon that he left his family and his new bride to follow Jesus. Where he preached and how he died have varied accounts, too. Some say he preached, with the Apostle Jude, in Africa others say in Persia. Some say he died by crucifixion, others by being sawed into pieces. His relics are interred in the Vatican along with those of the Apostle Jude. Feast Day - October 28 (with St. Jude). Patron of persons who use a saw and woodcutters.
Jude: Aka - Thaddeus. Brother of St. James, the Less. Often represented with a flame on his head, a representation of Pentecost. A farmer or fisherman by trade. Writer of the Epistle of Jude. Like Simon, legend holds that Jude was the bridegroom at Cana. St. Jude and St. Bartholomew are given credit for bringing Christianity to the Armenians. Axed to death, or possibly crucified, the same day St. Simon’s martyrdom. Relics are interred with St. Simon in the Vatican. Feast Day - October 28 (with St. Simon). Feast Day - October 28 (with St. Simon). Patron of impossible causes because his Epistle encourages us to persevere under harsh, difficult times, trusting that God’s mercy will see us through.
Next week we move away from the Apostles to discover Linus, Cletus and Clement.
God bless us. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque pray for us.
Fr. Charles L. Persing, Pastor
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Monday: No MassTuesday – Saturday: 8:30 a.m.
Holy Day Vigil: 7:00 p.mHoly Day: 8:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Penance: Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. A parish penance service is held during both Advent and Lent at announced times.
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Email: email@example.com • Phone: (717) 233-3062 • Fax: (717) 238-5633Church: 2800 Paxton Church Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 • Directions to ChurchParish Office: 2848 Herr Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 • Directions to Parish OfficeSchool: 2826 Herr Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103 • Directions to School