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her and other fellow-saints, should by a cession of glory (which is indeed itself an investiture of glory) transfer as it were his own halo to her head, and like St. Paul refuse himself to glory save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Marigolds compose a gorgeous family; having foliage of a green more or less full-coloured, and blos
soms whereof the rich yellow intensifies into orange or even into brown. One water lover, growing frequently below the high tide level, has for flower a cup of gold; one garden plant has a boss dark and thickly-set; another has a nimbus of multiplied bright rays. The blossoms contrast boldly and harmoniously with the foliage, and kindle the mimic glow of earth-born stars; nor is their some
times dazzling glory a mere effect of strong sunshine falling upon them: for after sunset Marigolds, with other yellow and orange flowers, and in a still higher degree with some of scarlet colour, have been observed to exhibit a degree of luminosity. Thus the nasturtium was remarked by one observer emitting sparks at certain intervals.
Marigolds have been utilized in cookery, and accredited with a cordial and comforting virtue. In a list of medicinal herbs they are characterized as bitter. And being medicinal they lead our thoughts naturally back to St. Luke, with whom let us connect our closing text:
I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour.- 1 Kings iii. 13.
St. Simon and
The Sacred Text. E went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called unto Him His disciples : and of them He chose twelve, whom also He named apostles; Simon called Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.-St.
Luke vi. 12, &c. Lebbæus, whose surname was Thaddæus ; Simon the Canaanite.—St. Matthew x. 3, 4.
Many hearing Him were astonished, saying, Is not this the Carpenter, the Son of Mary, the Brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon ?-St. Mark vi. 2, 3.
Judas saith unto Him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.–St. John xiv. 22, 23.
Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphæus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren.—Acts i. 12, &c.
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and
preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you
that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares. I will therefore put you in remembrance.—St. Jude 1, &c.
T does not clearly transpire whence it was that St. Simon derived his title of Zelotes. One view reduces this simply to equivalent in meaning with the term Canaanite: and a conjecture is added that either St. Simon before his apostolic election belonged to the Jewish sect of Zealots,
which flourishing about the period of our Lord's earthly ministry ran along, or perhaps I should say ran
St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles.
out of, strange paths of fanaticism into sacrilege no less than into murder,—or else that his own fiery disposition earned for him the designation. Or again, we may turn Canaanite into Canaite “a man of Cana:' and after tracing this to the Hebrew Kanah, "a place of reeds," may (if I understand rightly) by help of strong similarity of sound connect the latter with the Hebrew word for "zeal;" and recurring to our former interpretation may even suppose the title sanctioned if not conferred by that Divine Wisdom which, as we know, did actually bestow significant surnames on others of the Twelve, and which recognised authoritatively in each one his proper gift and grace.
Nor is it universally agreed whether St. Simon was or was not brother to St. Jude, and that very “Simon" whose name occurs in the list of our Lord's brethren along with the familiar names of “ James” and “ Jude;" which latter are at the least suggestive of two Apostles who were brothers in the flesh no less than in grace,-of St. James the Less, that is, and of the very St. Jude whom the Church has grouped on this day with St. Simon. St. James the Less was, we know, “the Lord's brother:" St. Jude expressly calls himself “ brother of James :" St. Simon, supposing him also a member of the sacred family, may have been so either actually by blood-relationship to the Virgin Mother, or putatively through kinship to Joseph.
Like certain others of the Twelve St. Simon has been fixed upon as the unnamed bridegroom of the marriage feast at Cana. The field of his labours after the apostolic dispersion is not positively known to us: any more,