O ALMIGHTY God, who has built your Church upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their doctrine, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable unto you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaiah 28:9-16; Psalm 116:11-17; Jude 1-8; John 15:17-27
Very little is known of the Apostles, Saint Simon and Saint Jude. Whether Jude is the author of the Epistle of Jude, or if it was a different Jude, we stand on the foundation of his and Simon’s teachings, with the other Apostles. To this end, the Gospel points out that the witness of the Apostles is united to the witness of God the Holy Spirit. Therefore, as the Epistle says, we are to cling to the faith “once delivered to all,” and not be like those who reject their authority. The Old Testament has severe warnings against such rebels, and points to Jesus the cornerstone of the Temple – the Church, the people of God.