The Apostle Saint Jude Thaddeus is "The Miraculous Saint,"
the Catholic Patron
Saint of "lost causes" and "cases despaired of."When
all other avenues are closed, he is the one to call upon,
and his help often comes at the last moment.
Dressed in green and white Biblical-era clothing
-- for he was one of the Disciples of Jesus -- he is distinguished
by the fact that he often wears and holds a golden metal
pendant of the type carried by people seeking his aid.
Additionally, in some images of Saint Jude, there is a small
flame atop his head, signifying the Baptism by Fire (also
known as the Baptism of the Holy Ghost) which was received
by the Disciples of Jesus at Pentecost.
Saint Jude is one
whose aid is sought when all hope is lost, especially in
grave health matters and life-and-death situations. It is
customary to make a vow that if he helps when called upon, one will publish a
notice of thanks in the newspaper. Thus there often appear
in the Personals column of newspaper classified ads
to this effect. The typical wording is a terse,
"Thank you, St. Jude." or "St. Jude, I thank you
for your intercession in response to my prayers." Each one of those notices represents
a prayer that was answered by Saint Jude. This magnifies the saint's name and gives hope to
those who read the notice and realize that they
too may find, through Saint Jude, the help they
PRAYER TO SAINT JUDE
O most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend
of Jesus -- People honor and invoke you universally, as the
patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of.
Pray for me, for I am so helpless and alone. Please help to
bring me visible and speedy assistance. 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 (state your
request) and that I may praise God with you always. I
promise, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this
great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful
patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you by
publishing this request. Amen.
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