St. Jude Novena

St. Jude Novena

St. Jude or Thaddeus is described in the New Testament as a relative of Jesus (Mat 13:55 and Mk 6:3) and also the brother of James the Less. The Greek name for Jude is Judas, but before and especially after the Death of Christ there would have been a need to distinguish him for Judas Iscariot.

St. Jude may also have been the author of the shortest book in the New Testament, the letter of Jude which was written by a man passionately concerned both about the purity of the Christian faith and the good reputation of Christian people and warns against corrupt influences that have crept in.

Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. AMEN

The Letter of Jude V.24-25

Jude was the one who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why He chose to reveal Himself only to the disciples and not the world. Jesus said “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (Jn 14:22f)

Little else is known of his life.

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.

St. Jude Thaddeus was a relative of Jesus and one of His twelve apostles. The Catholic Church recognizes St. Jude as the patron saint of hopeless causes. If you have what seems like an impossible favor to ask of God, pray this novena to ask St. Jude to intercede for you.

The St. Jude Novena in prayed every Tuesday, morning following the 8:00 a.m. Mass.