By Miranda Smith
St. Jude was one of the twelve apostles who followed Jesus. He is often referred to as Thaddaeus and was the brother of St. James. After the death and resurrection of Jesus St. Jude traveled and preached the good news that Jesus taught. St. Jude is known for dealing with impossible circumstances and emerging with unfaltering faith. After being martyred for his faith in 65 AD he was named the patron Saint of lost causes and Hospice care. Many people have asked for the intercession of St. Jude when a loved one is ill or in difficult circumstances.
There is a novena to St. Jude that is meant to be prayed for nine days and dedicated to a specific prayer intention. I have prayed a few novenas for my mother but today I will start this on the all patents in hospice care, and if you are even in a situation where you feel helpless or overwhelmed by the illness of a loved one I would suggest praying it as well.
Novena 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.