October 18, 2016

The Novena to Saint Jude Begins October 19, 2016

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The Novena to St. Jude starts on Monday, October 19th, leading up to his feast day on October 28th.

Jude (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot) is one of the twelve Apostles named by Jesus. He is also known as Thaddeus, (meaning sweetness and gentleness of character) as well as Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus.

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Saint Jude followed Jesus faithfully until our Lord's crucifixion. He then preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia and Libya. Jude spoke both Greek and Aramaic, and was a farmer by trade. His New Testament letter stressed the importance of a faithful person persevering despite harsh circumstances. Jude died a martyr around the year 65 AD. Tradition holds he was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

After his martyrdom, pilgrims came to his grave to pray. Many benefited from his powerful intercession. Hence the title, "The Saint for the Hopeless and the Despaired". St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Bernard had visions from God asking each to accept St. Jude as "The Patron Saint of the Impossible". He is one of the most invoked saints for intercession in desperate situations.

Novena Prayers

Pray the novena to Saint Jude with confidence. Catholics have relied on his intercession in times of extreme need for centuries. This Apostle and Martyr has helped countless souls through his epistle in the New Testament and his intercessions on behalf of those who seek his aid in times of trial.

To pray the novena in full go here.

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