Commemorated on May 10
Saint Simon was from Cana in Galilee, and was known to the Lord and His Mother. Tradition says that he was the bridegroom at the wedding where the Savior performed His first miracle. After witnessing the miracle of the water which had been turned into wine, he became a zealous follower of Christ. For this reason, he is known as St Simon the Zealot.
St Simon was one of the twelve Apostles, and received the Holy Spirit with the others on Pentecost. He traveled to many places from Britain to the Black Sea, proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. After winning many pagans to the Lord, St Simon suffered martyrdom by crucifixion.
St Demetrius of Rostov says that this St Simon is to be distinguished from the Apostle Simon Peter, and from the Lord's relative Simon (Mt.13:55), who was the second Bishop of Jerusalem.
St Simon is also commemorated on June 30 with the other Apostles.
Troparion - Tone 3
O holy apostle Simon,entreat the merciful God,to grant our souls forgiveness of transgressions.
Kontakion - Tone 2
Let us all bless the eloquent Simon in praise,who sowed the doctrines of wisdom in the hearts of the faithful;for he now stands before the throne of gloryand rejoices with the angels,as he prays for us all unceasingly.