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    Saint Jude Thaddeus

    Saint Jude Thaddeus

    Legend
    Legend has it that King Abagaro of Edessa, who suffered from leprosy, sent word to Jesus asking Him to come and cure him. With his request, we are told, the King sent an artist to return with a picture of the Master. Impressed with his great faith, Jesus pressed His image on a cloth and gave it to St. Jude to bring to the King of Edessa and cure him. The king was cured and together with most of his subjects became followers.

    Symbols 

    Prayer to Saint Jude
    Most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use I implore you, of that particular privilege given to you, to 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 – (here make your request) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever. I promise, O blessed Saint 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.  Amen.

    Novena to Saint Jude
    To Saint Jude, Holy Saint Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depths of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition, in return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. Saint Jude, pray for us and all who invoke your aid.  Amen
    Say 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Marys and 3 Glory Be to the Father. Say this novena nine times in a row for nine days. Publication must be promised.

    Links
    St. Jude Thaddeus  http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintj03.htm
    Patron Saints:         http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11562a.htm
    Epistle of St. Jude:  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08542b.htm