It’s the feast day of our patron saint! St. Simon and St. Jude, disciples of Jesus, share a feast day. We are blessed to have both a St. Simon and a St. Jude Episcopal churches in Okaloosa County. Here is the Collect for their feast day.
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.
Faithful AND zealous in their mission. We need more of that don’t we? And we also need, I think, more ardent devotion SO WE MAY make known the love and mercy of Jesus.