When all else fails, when we are in the most difficult of situations, we turn to Saint Jude, “Helper of the Helpless” and Saint of the Impossible.
Saint Jude Thaddeus, First Century AD Patron of: Impossible Causes, Desperation.
One of the original 12 apostles, Jude is depicted with the flame of knowledge received from the Holy Spirit at the Pentecost burning above his head. Brother of James the Lesser and cousin of Jesus, Jude was one of Christ’s earliest followers. He earned his title of Patron Saint of Impossible Causes because of a letter he wrote in 60AD to persecuted Christian converts in the East, exhorting them to stay strong in the face of all difficulties.
The name Jude means giver of joy and the name Thaddeus means great hearted one and this saint was said to live up to his name, attracting immense crowds by preaching in an entertaining way, outwitting magicians and local priests. Abgar, the King of Edessa was quite impressed with Jude and appealed to Jesus cure his leprosy. He sent an artist to draw Christ’s image. The artist was so shaken by the glow in Christ’s eyes, he could not draw. Christ wiped his face with a cloth and the image of his face was transferred to it. Jude brought the cloth back to Abgar and the king rubbed the cloth over his body, curing himself of leprosy. Many depictions and statues of Saint Jude include this cloth with Christ’s image on it. Jude was martyred along with Saint Simon in the city of Samir by being beaten with a club. This club, as well as the palms of martyrdom are also part of his iconography.
The cult of Saint Jude all but died out after the Middle Ages because people confused him with Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Christ. Despite being cited as a great influence by the mystics Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and Saint Bridget of Sweden, Jude was rarely invoked by the faithful for anything. It is said that because of this, he became the saint to call on in the most impossible of situations. So anxious was he to be of help, he would turn heaven and earth to rectify a desperate situation. By the nineteenth century, it became customary to thank the saint for help with answered prayers by taking an ad in the newspaper. This helped to resurrect his popularity and these small “Thank you Saint Jude” ads can be found in many weekly and daily periodicals in present day.
Glorious apostle, Saint Jude Thaddeus, I salute you through the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through his heart I praise and thank God for all the graces he has bestowed upon you. I implore you, through his love, to look upon me with compassion. Do not despise my poor prayer. Do not let my trust be confounded! God has granted to you the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases. Oh, come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God! All my life I will be your grateful client until I can thank you in heaven.
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Saint Jude, pray for us, and for all who invoke your aid.
Saint Jude has come to my aid many times.
My sons birthday is on the feast of ST.JUDE
I need prayer for my son w/St Jude BLESS YOU
If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believeth. Mark 9:23
The Lord God will surely hear your prayers through the powerful intercession of our glorious Apostle, Saint Jude Thaddaeus, patron of the desperate cases. The good Apostle, Saint Jude Thaddeus, became gloriously renown as the most powerful Patron Saint of Desperate Cases because he was eclipsed for centuries in history. Sadly, for ages he was forgotten despite being a faithful servant and friend of Jesus. God praised and rewarded Saint Jude with an uncanny power to help the desperate, to assist those during impossible situations.
Thank you, Saint Jude, for your immediate assistance and intercession- I am in complete awe over your rapid response and aide, and I am humbled by your exactness and timeliness to meet my needs. You have never failed me during times of trial and tribulation, and words cannot articulate how grateful I am- You have assisted me with both trivial and demonstrative prayers. I truly believed you have even performed miracles for me. Thank you for answering my prayers, God. Thank you for interceding on my behalf, Saint Jude. I will encourage devotion to you always.