Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Simeon, Bishop and Martyr

Saint Simeon, Bishop, Martyr, from Pictorial Lives of the SaintsEntry

Saint Simeon, the son of Cleophas, was (according to the flesh) a kinsman of our Lord Jesus Christ. He succeeded Saint James the Less in the see of Jerusalem; and after having governed that diocese for a long time through a very turbulent period, he was denounced as a Christian, subjected to prolonged torments, and finally died on the cross at the great age of 120 years.

The learned Abbé Lecanu compares Saint Simeon to the brave old man Eleazar who, in the time of the persecution of Antiochus, “gave to the youth of his day a splendid example of holy courage by encountering death rather than renounce, or even seem to waver in his belief.”

O faithful cross! O noblest tree!
In all our woods there’s none like thee:
No earthly groves, no shady bowers,
Produce such leaves, such fruit, such flowers.
Sweet are the nails, and sweet the wood,
That bears a weight so sweet and good!
    – Crux fidelis

Favorite Practice – To unite each daily cross to the cross of our Divine Lord.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Simeon, Bishop and Martyr”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 April 2021. Web. 19 April 2021. <>