Novena to St Jude

The Patron Saint of Desperate Situations

Today is October 28th, the feast of St Jude and an ideal day to ask for St Jude's intercession for desperate needs. Some may choose to pray the novena to St Jude over nine consecutive days leading up to the feast day.

Novena to St Jude

In the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Blessed be the Holy and undivided Trinity, now and forever. Amen.

We fly to Your patronage, O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O ever glorious and Blessed Virgin.

Saint Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, too often have we passed you over in our devotions.  But all those, who, attentive to the honour Holy Church pays you, have recourse to your intercession, receive abundant proof of your power to help us, especially when things seem desperate.

Pray for me, who am so miserable.  Make use, I implore you of that particular privilege accorded to you, to bring visible and speedy help, where help is most despaired of.  Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succour of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings particularly (here mention your request) and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout eternity.  Amen.

I promise you, O Blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, and I will never cease to honour you as my special and powerful patron and do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.

St Jude, pray for us and for all who invoke your aid.


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St Jude’s Apostolic Labours

After he established the Church in Edessa St Jude visited the whole of Mesopotamia.  Later he returned to Jerusalem for the ‘Council of Apostles’ after the martyrdom of his brother St James, the first Bishop of Jerusalem.

St Jude then preached the Gospel in Libya with St Simon.  With Simon he worked tirelessly in Persia converting thousands who previously worshipped idols.  Magicians in the kingdom of Persia confronted them, but could not defeat them.  The Army General of Persia, General Vesuduch was convinced that these men were from God and converted. 

St Jude and Simon were then introduced to the King of Persia.  There again in spite of the opposition from the magicians and priests of falls gods, the King of Persia was convinced by St Jude and Simon. The King of Persia and his nobles embraced the Christian faith.

St Jude took Christianity to Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia.  He was martyred in Armenia which was under the Persian regime.



Read more of St Jude’s relationship to Jesus. and a Prayer to St Jude for a special favour.

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