Saint Jude (Apostle)

Feast Day - October 28

Patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes

Jude (Thaddaeus) was the brother of James the Less and one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus.

The Gospel of John refers to his presence at the Last Supper, when he asked Jesus, "Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?"  And Jesus answered, "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."

Jude is invoked in desperate situations because his New Testament letter stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their forefathers had done before them.  Therefore, he is the patron saint of desperate cases. 

Apocryphal tradition holds that he was active in preaching the Gospel and was martyred, clubbed to death, together with Simon in Persia. 

Jude is from the Aramaic and means "support of God."


Prayer to Saint Jude


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.  Amen




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