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St. Simon the Apostle

            St. Simon the Apostle was called the Zealot in the Luke’s Gospel (6:15) and in Acts (1:13). The name indicated his membership in an extremely orthodox Jewish sect. Because he came from Cana, was also called as Canaanite or Cananaean. After Pentecost, like other Apostles he went on missionary work. Some sources say he preached in Egypt, others, that in Persia with Judas Thaddaeus, where they were both martyred. Found guilty in overturning statues of idols, their throats were cut.  Though according to another version, Simon was sawn in two, like the prophet Isaiah.
See: Georges de La Tour St. Simon.

Recommended reading:
The Book of Saints: The Lives of the Saints According to the Liturgical Calendar by George Angelini, Victor Hoagland (Editor). Regina Press, Malhame & Company, 1986.
365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives by Woodeene Koenig-Brick (Author). Harper SanFrancisco, 1995.
Twelve Who Followed Jesus by Landrum P. Leavell. Broadman Press, 1975.
The Galilean Dialogues: On the Road With the Master and the Twelve by Joe F. Tarpley. Vantage Press, 1994.
Prophets & Apostles of the Last Dispensation by Lawrence R. Flake. Deseret Books, 2001.
Voices from Ancient Bethlehem: A Dialogue With Jesus and the Twelve Apostles by Scribe. Jodere Group, 2003.
Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur (Author). W Publishing Group, 2002.
The Twelve: The Lives of the Apostles After Calvary by Bernard Ruffin. Our Sunday Visitor, 1998.

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