Saint Simon, also known as Simon the Zealot, was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He is believed to have been born around the year 1 AD in Galilee and died a martyr's death at an unknown date. He is the patron saint of leather workers, tanners, and sawyers. He was a fisherman by trade, and was known for his zealous pursuit of righteousness.
Many believe that Simon was originally a Zealot, a member of a Jewish political movement that sought to overthrow Roman rule in Palestine. He was called by Jesus to be one of his apostles and he left his previous life to become a disciple of Christ. According to the Bible, Simon was present at many of Jesus' teachings and miracles and was one of the twelve apostles chosen to be with Jesus during the Last Supper.
Little is known about the specifics of Simon’s life after his mission with Jesus but he played a prominent role in the early Christian church. He is believed to have preached in Egypt, Cyrene, and Cilicia.
Simon is often depicted in art holding a saw or a pair of shears.
The feast day of Saint Simon is celebrated on October 28th in the Catholic Church and on August 29th in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Saint Simon is remembered for his unwavering faith and dedication to the teachings of Jesus Christ. He is a reminder that even those who come from humble beginnings can rise to great heights and make a difference in the world. He is an example of perseverance and dedication, and an inspiration to all who seek to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.