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« on: November 16, 2004, 10:43:29 AM »

We have a son named Thaddeus which we named after his great-great-grandfather and now my wife and I are curious about the other aspect of the name.  For instance, my wife has been interested in finding an icon for St. Thaddeus, but has not been very confident of what she is looking for.  I know that Thaddeus is another name for St. Jude the Apostle, but I have noticed that there is another St. Thaddeus associated with the seventy disciples.  I am curious about how this name is usually associated.  If we were to look for an icon would we search for St. Thaddeus of the Seventy, or the Apostle St. Jude?   When the name Thaddeus is heard in the Orthodox world which person is usually the man who comes to mind?

Many thanks for any help,

Patrick
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2004, 03:27:30 PM »

Patrick,

This is from the OCA website. I couldn't find any icons for sale.

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Saint Thaddeus, Apostle of the Seventy, was by descent a Hebrew, and he was born in the Syrian city of Edessa. The holy Apostle Thaddeus of the Seventy must be distinguished from St. Jude, also called Thaddeus or Levi (June 19), who was one of the Twelve Apostles.

When he came to Jerusalem for a feastday, he heard the preaching of John the Forerunner. After being baptized by him in the Jordan, he remained in Palestine. He saw the Savior, and became His follower. He was chosen by the Lord to be one of the Seventy Disciples, whom He sent by twos to preach in the cities and places where He intended to visit (Lk. 10: 1).

After the Ascension of the Savior to Heaven, St. Thaddeus preached the good news in Syria and Mesopotamia. He came preaching the Gospel to Edessa and he converted King Abgar, the people and the pagan priests to Christ. He backed up his preaching with many miracles (about which Abgar wrote to the Assyrian emperor Nerses). He established priests there and built up the Edessa Church.

Prince Abgar wanted to reward St. Thaddeus with rich gifts, but he refused and went preaching to other cities, converting many pagans to the Christian Faith. He went to the city of Beirut to preach, and he founded a church there. It was in this city that he peacefully died in the year 44. (The place of his death is indicated as Beirut in the Slavonic Menaion, but according to other sources he died in Edessa. According to an ancient Armenian tradition, St. Thaddeus, after various tortures, was beheaded by the sword on December 21 in the Artaz region in the year 50).

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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2004, 05:09:19 PM »

Thanks for the info Gregory.  I gather then that St. Thaddeus of the Seventy is the saint most associated with the name Thaddeus, rather than St. Jude?  This was the impression I got from a general google search having found more Orthodox references to the former rather than the latter.  I have had little luck for finding an icon.  Might be a bit tricky.

Thanks again,

Patrick
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2004, 05:10:30 PM »

It might be helpful if you refer to the "70" Thaddeus as Addai...
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2004, 11:28:48 AM »

Many thanks for the tip.  Perhaps that will work.

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