Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 119:89-96, Deuteronomy 32:1-4, Ephesians 2:13-22, and Matthew 13:54-58.
On the various New Testament lists of the disciples, the tenth and eleventh places are occupied by Simon the Zealot (also called Simon the “Cananean,” the Aramaic word meaning “Zealot”) and by Judas (also called Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus).
Some ancient Christian writers say that Simon and Jude went together as missionaries to Persia, and were martyred there. If this is true, it explains, to some extent, our lack of historical information on them and also why they are usually put together. We don’t know for sure if the brother or cousin of St. James of Jerusalem and Jesus, the man also known as Lebbaeus and Thaddaeus, and the author of the epistle of Jude are all the same person – although tradition holds that it is.
The first apostles really took Jesus’ words to heart and didn’t allow themselves to become complacent. We can learn a lot from them. We should take their lives as examples for our own. Take some time to pray about this. You may find the following prayer helpful:
O God, we thank you for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude; and we pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in their mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.