Saint Simon the Zealot
Cana (first century AD)
Patron: lumberjacks, woodcutters
Feast day: October 28
In Hebrew, Simon’s name means God has answered. He is also known as the zealot because of his religious zeal for the Hebrew religion. Not much more is known about Simon except the fact that he is listed as one of the 12 Apostles in the Gospels. Pious tradition maintains that he preached in Egypt and Mesopotamia and was martyred in Persia in the first century by being sawed in half. He’s often pictured holding a lumberjack’s saw as his symbol.
Last updated: March 21, 2013 at 17:43 pm
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