March 01, 2012

Saint Simon of Jerusalem & Pella

St. Simon of Jerusalem

Most information on St. Simon of Jerusalem comes from resources other than the Bible.  His name is recorded in the Bible just once … in Matthew 13:55, as a relative of Jesus.  Other historical documents have let us know that he was the second Bishop of Jerusalem, brought the early Jewish-Christian community of Jerusalem to Pella (across the Jordan River) to avoid the dangers associated with the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70, and then safely brought the community back to Jerusalem when the time of threat was over.  Sadly, St. Simon of Jerusalem was ultimately martyred for his Faith. 



You can find both Jerusalem and Pella on this map.
Jerusalem is just northwest of the Dead Sea.
Pella is along the Jordan River, north of R. Jabbok.


Ruins of Pella, Jordan


 The Feast of Saint Simon of Jerusalem is April 27.

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