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Friday, February 18, 2011

Saint Simeon, Bishop & Martyr, February 18th

Saint Simeon, Bishop & Martyr, February 18th 
In the thirteenth Chapter of Saint Matthew we read of a Simon (ordinarily called Simeon), who is described as a kinsman of our Lord Jesus Christ. His father was Cleopas, who is believed to have been a brother of blessed Joseph, our Lord’s foster-father ; and his mother is said by some early writers to have been sister to the Blessed Virgin. Saint Epiphanius, saith that when the Jews martyred Saint James of Jerusalem, his brother Simeon upbraided them for their cruelty, and that thereupon Simeon was chosen to succeed James as the Bishop of Jerusalem. Where he was, according to tradition, tortured and crucified at the age of one score and one hundred years, which would have been about the year 107 of the Christian era.
Almighty God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, that whereas we are afflicted by the burden of our sins ; the glorious intercession of thy Martyr and Bishop blessed Simeon may be our succour and defence, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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