Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Holy Life

Saint Jude Thaddeus
Apostles, Patron of Hopeless and Desperate Cases
Feast day – October 28

St. Jude, known as Thaddaeus, was a brother of St. James the Less, and a relative of Our Saviour. St. Jude was one of the 12 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 (letter) to the Churches of the East, particularly the Jewish converts, directed against the heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostics. 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 known 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.


John 14:22-31

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?" Jesus answered him,


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O 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 (state 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.


True relative
Of Jesus and Mary,
I salute you through
This Sacred Heart of Jesus!

Through his Heart
I praise and thank God
For all the graces
He has bestowed upon you.

Humbly prostrate before you
I implore you,
Through His Heart,
To look down upon me
With compassion.

Despite my poor prayer;
Let not my trust
Be confounded!

To you God has granted
The privilege of
Aiding mankind
In the most desperate cases.

Oh, come to my aid
Until I can thank you in heaven.

All my life
I will be your grateful client
Until I can thank you in heaven.

St. Jude, pray for us
And for all who invoke your aid.

Saint Jude Thaddeus – Pray for us

Saint Jude Heals King Abgar of Edessa
Photograph by Loci B. Lenar


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