I never prayed to Saint Jude before. I don’t really know why that is. His feast day was yesterday, October 28th, and we had prayed a novena to Saint Jude for the past nine days leading up to his feast day. The prayers to Saint Jude were touching and reached a very personal chord. I truly believe that Saint Jude heard our prayers of our deepest needs.
So I now know that Saint Jude is the patron saint of desperate causes. I think all of us could think of times in our lives when we feel helpless and desperate and alone. Saint Jude will definitely be a go to saint for me when I pray, because I can pray for not only my own situation, but those near and dear that I know are hurting in one way or another — in need of his intercession. All things are possible with Saint Jude. All things are possible if you just believe.
Saint Jude was one of 12 Apostles of Jesus, a brother of Saint James the Less, and a relative of Jesus. He was also known as Thaddaeus by Matthew and Mark in the New Testament. Saint Jude is called upon in desperate situations because his letter in the New Testament stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their forefathers had done before them. Saint Jude is not the same person as Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.
Prayer to Saint Jude (on our final day of the novena):
O Saint Jude, holy Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, you are honored and petitioned by the universal Church, as the patron of desperate, hopeless and impossible cases. Pray for me. I am so very helpless and I feel alone.
Intercede for me that Almighty God may bring swift aid where it is needed most. Come to my assistance in my great time of need!
Pray for me that I may be given the comfort and help of Jesus. Most importantly, I ask that you pray that I may one day join you and all of the saints in heaven to praise God in consolation, rest and joy for all eternity.
I will remember your prayers, O Holy Saint Jude. I will honor you as my patron as so many have before me because of the graces God deigns to give freely at your request.
O righteous Saint Jude, apostle, martyr and companion of Christ, grant that I may grow constantly in a loving relationship with God. In working out my salvation in this life I have infinite needs and desires that God placed within me. Today I turn to you, asking you to intercede for me.
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Saint Jude, I have specific requests of God that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that you pray not only for those requests but also for a greater reliance on God to satisfy the needs and desires that I have. May I seek God with a sincere heart knowing that it will profit me nothing if I gain the whole world yet suffer the loss of my soul. So, help me to see God’s good and gracious purpose in all my trials.
Saint Jude, pray for me!