A Famous Prayer to St Jude
O glorious Apostle St Jude Thaddeus, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I salute thee through the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Through this Heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon thee. Humbly prostrate before thee, I implore thee through this Heart to look down upon me with compassion. Oh, despise not my poor prayer; let not my trust be confounded! To thee God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases.
Oh, come to my aid, that I may praise the mercies of God! All my life I will be grateful to thee and will be thy faithful client until I can thank thee in heaven.
This page is dedicated as a Thanksgiving to St Jude. Two great men in my life (my Husband and my Brother) are both named after St Jude due to our parent's devotion to this great saint.
Yes St Jude is not only one of the twelve Apostles, but also the cousin of Jesus. St Jude's father, Cleophas is the brother of St Joseph (adopted father of Jesus). Cleophas was one of the faithful disciples to whom Jesus appeared to on the road to Emmaus and dined with (Luke 24:13-35). Cleophas was later martyred by the Jews for publicly proclaiming Our Lord’s resurrection.
St Jude's mother, Mary is the cousin of our Blessed Mother. She is the same Mary who stood at the foot of the cross of Our Lord who is referred to as 'Mary the wife of Cleophas' (John 19:25). When we say the prayer to St Jude, isn't it wonderful to know that this Holy Saint is related to Jesus from both sides of his parents?
But it doesn't stop there. Two of St Jude’s brothers, James and Simeon were great leaders of the early church and martyred for their faith. St Jude's brother, James was the first Bishop of Jerusalem. James is the author of 'The Letter of St James’ in the New Testament. St Paul refers to James as one of the 'Pillars of the Church' along with Peter and John (Gal 2:9). After James was martyred, St Jude's younger brother Simeon succeeded to be the next Bishop.
St Jude was selected by Jesus to be among the twelve men whom he commissioned to go out to all the world and spread the good news. In scripture St Jude is called ‘Thaddaeus’ (Math 10:3, Mark 3:18) to distinguish this faithful Apostle from the traitor Judas Iscariot.
'The Letter of Jude' in the new testament is linked to St Jude. However he does not take credit as the cousin of Jesus: instead he refers to himself as "Jude, servant of Jesus Christ and Brother of James" (Jude 1:1).
When we say the prayer to St Jude, how comforting it is to know that St Jude was in fact a close relative of Jesus and all his family 'saints' of the early church who gave their life for Christ.
Those who wanted the prayer to St Jude also wanted to know his miracles. Here are some of the initial miracles of St Jude.
During Jesus’ time, Abargo, the king of Edessa, who had heard about Our Lord’s miracles had sent word to see him. The King had contracted leprosy and believed that Jesus could heal him. Jesus could not leave at that time, but promised to send him one of his close followers. It was St Jude whom Jesus sent to Edessa and it was after Jesus earthly life was completed.
When King Abargo saw St Jude, he was able to recognise him in an instant due to his brilliance. The kind knew straight away that this was a follower of Jesus. St Jude placed his hands on the King and cured him of leprosy instantly. Many citizens of Edessa were cured. The king, his court and all those who witnessed these miracles got converted that day.
St Jude established the Church in Edessa.
When we say the prayer to St Jude we need to know that God ordained St Jude to be a saint of the ‘hopeless’. He brings God’s mercy and gives hope to the hopeless.