Feeling like your situation is desperate, and that you have no one to turn? Consider praying and asking St. Jude, Patron of Desperate Cases, to help you. When asked in faith, he has helped countless people in their most dire need. I am deeply grateful for help he has brought me.
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.
The Jewish people, proud of their lineage, kept exact records of
their ancestors, and we see that St. Jude’s father, Cleophas, was the
brother of St. Joseph and St. Jude’s mother, Mary of Cleophas — who
stood underneath the cross — was the cousin of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(their mothers were sisters).
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.
Nine Day Prayer to St. Jude
Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.
Intercede with God for me that He 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 -
(make your request here)
- and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.
May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, and loved in all the tabernacles until the end of time. Amen.
May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen
St. Jude pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen.
Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Blessed be the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Blessed be St. Jude Thaddeus, in all the world and for all Eternity.
(say this prayer, followed by the Our Father and the Hail Mary)
*biographical information collected from various resources. Novena prayer courtesy of www.ewtn.com