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St. Jude, known as Thaddeus, brother of St. James the less, and a relative of Our Saviour. St. Jude was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. According to Eusebius, he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62, and assisted at the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.
He is an author of an epistle (The letter of Jude) to the Churches of the East, particularly the Jewish converts, directed against the heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostic’s.
This Apostle is said to have suffered martyrdom in Armenia, which was then subject to Persia. The final conversion of the Armenian nation to Christianity did not take place until the third century of our era. Jude was the one who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why He would not manifest Himself to the whole world after His resurrection. Little else is know of his life. Legend claims that he visited Beirut and Edessa; possibly martyred with St. Simon in Persia.
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 and his feast day is October 28. Saint Jude is not the same person as Judas Iscariot who betrayed Our Lord and despaired because of his great sin and lack of trust in God’s mercy.
HOW TO PRAY THE SAINT JUDE NOVENA
Traditionally, the novena prayer is said for 9 days. The 9 days signifies the 9 days the early Apostles prayed together during the time between the Ascension of Jesus, and Pentecost, when they experienced the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. However, there is no hard and fast “rule” for praying; it is best if you adopt a series of prayers and a rhythm for saying them that is comfortable for you and allows you to open a dialogue with God.
THE SAINT JUDE PRAYER (NOVENA)
Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege given to you, to 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 (your request) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever. I promise, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.
FOLLOW-UP PRAYERS (Three Times Each)
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
PRAYER TO THE SAINT OF THE IMPOSSIBLE
Saint Jude, patron of the desperate and Saint of the Impossible, I turn to you in trusting prayer. Centuries of Christians have found you to be a mighty helper in overcoming seemingly impossible barriers. We entrust to you our present need. Pray that we never lose heart when the way seems dark and dreary. We await your help and praise God for guiding us to seek your help in especialy difficult situations. Amen.
PRAYER FOR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES
Dear Saint Jude, kinsman of Christ, we pray for those whom God has given us to hold in special affection. We recommend to you all who are dear to us, all our close relatives and friends. Please intercede for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Help us to lighten their burdens and to brighten their days. Look tenderly upon us and assist us to fulfill the Lord’s precept of loving others as ourselves. Amen.
PRAYER FOR PEACE
Dear Saint Jude, we honor you as an apostle of Christ, a herald of the Prince of Peace. You remained faithful to your calling and died a martyr before being reunited with Christ in glory. Please look down with compassion upon our turbulent world. Intercede before the throne of grace that the present global turmoil may give way to peace and harmony among all nations. May we live at peace with one another and serve the Lord Jesus as messengers of his peace as you did. Amen.
Saint Jude, disciple of Jesus, pray for us. May we become the persons our Savior wants us to be.
Saint Jude, reigning with Christ in glory, pray for us. May we bring forth fruit to life everlasting.
Saint Jude, advocate of hopeless cases, pray for us. Remind us that we can conquer all evil through Christ who loves us.
PRAYER TO SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS
Saint Jude, apostle and preacher of the Good News of Jesus Christ, we thank God for choosing you for this glorious mission. You saw Jesus face to face, walked and talked with Him, and served Him without counting the cost. Pray for us, blessed preacher of the Good News that makes even bad news bearable. May Christ be the center of our lives. May we welcome every opportunity to share Him with others. This we ask through your powerful intercession. Amen.
GIVING THANKS TO SAINT JUDE & JESUS FOR PRAYERS ANSWERED
Example of Thanks for Prayers Answered… “Thank you God for answering my prayer; thank you St. Jude for interceding on my behalf. I will encourage devotion to you always.” -GV of Louisville, KY