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.

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  1. St Jude Thaddaeus, I’m always proud of you. You rendered help to me when I needed it most, though, I’ve not shown appreciation. I’m sorry. Please St Jude, I want to come back to you but I lack strength. Please strengthen me. I personally chose you as my patron saint and you have not failed me in any way, rather, I failed you. Please I’m sorry. I wish I could see you face-to-face right now to thank you for all you’ve done for me. St Jude, may I never remain cold towards devotion to you again in my life. I LOVE YOU ST JUDE. You are so precious to me. Patron of lost causes!, you son is hangin on the knife edge. Please come to my aid. St JUDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! praise be to GOD in the highest.

  2. St Jude you were my parents saint. I remember as a child growing up, we’d drive to Mexico, a 3 day trip one way, and when we’d return home we would have to make a visit to St Jude in Chicago, to give thanks for our safe return. I now devote my prayers in time of need and alway, to you. You have given me strength and faith. I will continue to hold you in my thoughts, prayers and heart. Thank you for all the times you have been there for me.

  3. Thank you Saint Jude for all the answered prayers, and for bringing closer to Jesus and Mary. Please continue to help me my beloved patron, and forgive me for the times that I did not honor you as I should have. I love you Saint Jude, and I thank you for taking my prayers and petitions to Jesus. I know when prayers are answered in my life that you had something to do with it. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world wothout end Amen. Saint Jude Pray for Us and for all who invole your aid.

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