Seven Things to Know About St. Simon of Jerusalem

The Crucifixion of St. Simon of Jerusalem
Miniature From the Menologion of Basil II
- an Illuminated Liturgical Book (c. AD 1000)
Is he not the carpenter's son?  Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
- Matthew 13:55

Seven Things to Know About St. Simon of Jerusalem

He was probably a cousin or close friend to Jesus' family rather than a full-blooded brother.

He may have been the son of Cleopas, one of the travelers to Emmaus.

He was unanimously chosen to replace James, the first Bishop of Jerusalem when he died in AD 62.

He mysteriously knew about the destruction of Jerusalem to take place in AD 70 and moved his flock across the Jordan River to Pella.

After the danger had passed, he returned with the early Christians of Jerusalem and the Church flourished.

Near AD 107, Emperor Trajan began a new persecution and the elderly Bishop Simon of Jerusalem was tortured and crucified.  

His name is mentioned only twice in the Bible:  Matthew 13:55 and Mark 6:3.

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