Saints Nаmе: Saint Jude the Apostle
Віrth nаmе: Judas Thaddaeus
Віrth Dаtе: 1st century AD
Birth Place: Galilee, Roman Empire
Died: 1st century AD
Feast day: 28 October
Patron of: Armenia; hopeless – lost causes; desperate situations; hospitals; St. Petersburg, Florida
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St Jude biography
St Jude Thaddeus is the Patron Saint of Hope and impossible causes and one of Jesus’ original twelve Apostles. He preached the Gospel with great passion, often in the most difficult circumstances. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, he made profound differences in people’s lives as he offered them the Word of God.
Through his intercession to Jesus on our behalf, St. Jude takes us into his continuing care. He welcomes our prayers of gratitude to God, our petitions for strength and help, and offers hope for every intention.
The Gospel tells us that St. Jude was a brother of St. James the Less, also one of the Apostles. They are described in the Gospel of Matthew as the “brethren” of Jesus, probably cousins. St. Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand. This recalls one of his miracles during his work spreading the Word of God.
King Abagar of Edessa asked Jesus to cure him of leprosy and sent an artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus. Impressed with Abagar’s great faith, Jesus pressed His face on a cloth, leaving the image of His face on it. He gave the cloth to St. Jude, who took the image to Abagar and cured him.
After the death and resurrection of Jesus, St. Jude traveled throughout Mesopotamia, Libya, and Persia with St. Simon preaching and building up the foundations of the early Church.
St. Jude died a martyr’s death for his unwavering faith. His body was later brought to Rome and placed in a crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica. After his death, many turned to St. Jude for his intercession in prayer. Jesus inspired the devotion to St. Jude for St. Bridget of Sweden when he directed her in a vision to turn to St. Jude with great faith and confidence.
In a vision, Christ told St. Bridget, “In accordance with his surname, Thaddeus, the amiable or loving, he will show himself most willing to give help.” During the Middle Ages, St. Jude was widely venerated, but perhaps because of the confusion between his name and that of Judas Iscariot, he slipped into temporary obscurity.
In the early 20th century, St. Jude Thaddeus was relatively unknown to the general Catholic population in the US. Today, millions of people around the world turn to St. Jude, the Patron of Hope, for his intercession and hope.
Saint Jude Thaddeus’ tomb
Sometime after his death, Saint Jude’s body was brought from Beirut to Rome and placed in a crypt in St. Peter’s Basilica which was visited by many devotees. Now his bones are in the left transept of St. Peter’s Basilica under the main altar of St. Joseph in one tomb with the remains of the apostle Simon the Zealot. These were moved here on 27 December 1665
St Jude’s children’s research hospital
More than 70 years ago, Danny Thomas was a young entertainer with a baby on the way. Work wasn’t easy to come by, and his despair grew. He turned to St Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes, and vowed: “Show me my way in life, and I will build you a shrine.”
That prayer marked a pivotal moment. Soon after, he began finding work, eventually becoming one of the biggest stars of radio, film, and television in his day. He was on Make Room for Daddy, later known as The Danny Thomas Show. Danny used his fame to fulfill his vow and to change the lives of thousands of children and families. In 1962, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened in front of a crowd of 9,000 in Memphis.
Saint Jude Thaddeus novena
You can pray prayers below for 9 consecutive days at any time.
Prayer to St Jude patron of hopeless cases
Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things, almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.
Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly – (make your request here) – and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.
May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, and loved in all the tabernacles until the end of time. Amen.
May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen
St. Jude pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen.
Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Blessed be the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Blessed be St. Jude Thaddeus, in all the world and for all Eternity.
(say this prayer, followed by the Our Father and the Hail Mary)
Dear Apostle and Martyr for Christ, you left us an Epistle in the New Testament. With good reason, many invoke you when the illness is at a desperate stage. We now recommend to your kindness (name of patient) who is in a critical condition. May the cure of this patient increase his/her faith and love for the Lord of Life, for the glory of our merciful God. Amen.
Prayer to St Jude Thaddeus for urgent financial help
Saint Jude Thaddeus,
Apostle of Christ and glorious Martyr,
great intercessor in all difficult problems.
Today I turn to you with great faith
to ask for your generous assistance
for I am afflicted and tormented
by the lack of economic means.
You who are my beloved saint,
my blessed patron and noble protector
welcome my soul and my body, my mind, and heart;
I, humbly, prostrated before you, I ask
by the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
that you cast me a compassionate glance
and despise not my heartfelt prayer,
so my confidence be not in vain.
You who, in addition to a singular love,
were united with links of kinship to
the Divine Redeemer Jesus Christ, source of all good,
and are a powerful aid of the desperate.
Pray for me my patron saint, my aid,
so that, assisted by your precious intercession,
I may receive a prompt and efficacious solution
for my overwhelming needs.
Make it so that I can obtain urgently, needed cash
to meet all my expenses, payments, debts,
and have peace of mind and tranquility.
Make it so, I beg you, with the certainty of being heard,
that I obtain what I need so much:
(Ask for everything that you want to attain)
Blessed Saint Jude,
I honor you with special affection and devotion,
hand me the presence and strength of God.
Protect me in all circumstances,
may your help and consolation never cease.
Obtain for me by the grace of the Lord Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
deliverance, prosperity, work, and health;
make it so that well-being is installed in my home.
As an expression of my affection and gratitude,
I promise you I will promote an authentic devotion to you
and already from this moment,
I infinitely give you thanks for all your favors.
So be it.
Pray the Apostle’s Creed, three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys and three Glorias