St. Jude Thaddeus, our patron saint pray for us!
May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.
The Catholic Church recognizes St. Jude as the patron saint of the patron saint of lost causes & desperate situations.
St. Jude’s Prayer
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 brings 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.
Repeat the prayers on eight more days, for a total of nine days. At the end of the novena, offer some token of appreciation to St. Jude for his help.
St. Jude Beloved Apostle of Jesus Pray for us
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us, Saint Jude worker of Miracles, pray for us, Saint Jude helper and keeper of the hopeless, pray for us, Thank you, Saint Jude.
St. Jude’s Novena
Know our Patron Better
- May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.
- St. Jude, also called Judas, Thaddaeus, or Lebbaeus, is one among the Twelve Apostles chosen by our Lord.
St. Jude has authored the canonical Letter of Jude that warns against the licentious and blasphemous heretics.
- October 28, is celebrated the feast day of St. Jude
- In 37 A.D., he travelled to Mesopotamia which is known today as Iraq. There he became a leader of the Church of the East, a church that St. Thomas founded.
- St. Jude Thaddeus was born to Mary who is the cousin of Jesus’ own mother, Mary. His father Cleophas, was the brother of St. Joseph. St. Jude was married and had at least one child.
- The devotion to St. Jude as patron saint of desperate causes began in France and Germany in the late 18th century.
Portrayals of St. Jude Thaddeus show him with a flame around his head which is symbolic of his presence at Pentecost in which he received the Holy Spirit together with the other apostles.
- St. Jude is traditionally portrayed carrying an image of Jesus in his hand or holding it close to his chest. This depiction is taken from a Biblical story in which the King Abgar, the ruler of Edessa, a city located in what is now known as Southeast Turkey, became inflicted with leprosy. Because of his illness, he asked Jesus for healing and sent out an artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus. Abgar’s great faith impressed Jesus so much that he pressed his face into a cloth so that it could be taken to the king. He gave the cloth to St. Jude so that he could hand it over to Abgar. When the king saw Jesus’ image he was immediately cured from leprosy. He then converted to Christianity and the majority of the people under his rule followed. The cloth that miraculously healed King Abgar is known today as the Image of Edessa.
- St. Jude Thaddeus preached the good news of Jesus throughout Galilee, Samaria and Judea. He journeyed across Libya, Turkey, Persia and Mesopotamia with St. Simon.
- In 60 A.D., St. Jude wrote a letter to Christians in the Eastern Church who were suffering persecution.
- St. Jude is believed to have been martyred either in Persia or Syria sometime in 65 A.D
- After his death, the apostle’s body was transported to Rome and placed in a crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica. Today his bones are kept in the left transept of St. Peter’s Basilica, under the main altar of St. Joseph, in one tomb that holds the remains of the apostle Simon the Zealot.