The surname of the “Canaanean” and the “Zealot”  was given to St. Jude to distinguish him from St. Peter and St. Simeon.  According to some the title Zealot was given to him because of his great zeal.  Others say from his belonging to a sect (among the Jews) known as Zealots.  It is supposed that he suffered martyrdom in Persia.

FEAST DAY:  October 28
PATRON OF:  Desperate cases

St. Jude, known as Thaddeus, was a relative of Jesus.  He preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lydia.  He returned to Jerusalem in the year 62, according to Eusebius, and assisted at the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.  His epistle to the Churches of the East, particularly the Jewish  converts, is  directed against the heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostics.   He is said to have suffered martyrdom in Armenia.

FEAST DAY:  October 28