I am grateful for God’s grace and for the power of prayer to hold me through every difficult time I’ve faced. I remember going through desperate situations in my early childhood years and turning to saints for help.
Depictions of saints and altars were found in every home I visited growing up. The Catholic faith was definitely the most predominant in the Dominican Republic at that time.
When I learned about St. Jude Thaddaeus (San Judas Tadeo in Spanish), I felt hope. I first learned it in Spanish and later on, I learned the St. Jude prayer in English.
St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes, the powerful patron of hopeless cases, and the patron of difficult cases. Holy St. Jude is also the patron saint of the impossible.
Who was St. Jude?
St. Jude was one of Jesus’ twelve original disciples or apostles. He was most likely at the Last Supper! His Latin name is Judas, but he must not be confused with Judas Iscariot. The latter was the one who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
This distinction can be found in 14:22-23:
“Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
Since Judas is the name of the traitor, we know the faithful Judas by Jude.
Thaddeus means “sweetness and gentleness of character,” which gives us an insight as to who he was. He was a faithful follower of Jesus through the crucifixion. He was an evangelist and died as a martyr.
Saint Jude is one of the lesser-known disciples because he is not quoted much. However, there is an epistle of St. Jude in the New Testament.
In the late 18th Century, St. Jude has been known as the patron saint for any lost cause. St. Jude is often invoked by those who are in desperate need of help, have an urgent need, or are facing hard trials.
The feast day for St. Jude is October 28th, which is also St. Simon’s. A feast is an annual celebration in the Catholic Church. They were martyred together in Persia and buried together in the crypt beneath St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. St. Jude was clubbed to death and then his skull was crushed with an ax, which is horrible to even think about.
October 28th is the day I actually died and came back. I was in critical condition and spent 8 days in a coma. I don’t know if anyone said the St. Jude prayer, but I do know it’s by the glory of our merciful God that I am here today.
And that’s why I’m sharing the St. Jude prayer. Sometimes we are so deep in our hopelessness and despair, that we don’t have the language to reach our Lord Jesus Christ in time of need. It doesn’t matter whether the pain is physical or emotional, we can reach for the help of heaven.
Does the St Jude Prayer work?
We can see that there are many prayers in the Bible that serve as patterns until we can say our own prayers. Growing up Catholic, I also learned that there are many prayers that are already written that you can use when you just don’t know what to say.
St. Jude is known as the faithful intercessor for those who find themselves in a desperate stage of their lives or feel like they have impossible needs.
If you are feeling depressed, alone, and believe in the power of prayer, then the St. Jude Prayer is a powerful prayer that can give you hope in times of need.
In Matthew 21:22, we read this promise:
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Prayer works because faith coupled with faithfulness has the power to create miracles. I have personally heard many testimonies of people who have prayed to St. Jude. Most of them call the St. Jude prayer an unfailing prayer. We can’t know for sure if it was their prayer request to St. Jude that healed them, but that’s why we call it faith, right?
It’s true that many verses tell us that prayer can be directed to our Father in Heaven. I believe He does hear you and me personally and He knows us by name. However, I also believe God hears and answers every sincere prayer and intent is what matters most.
Why pray to St. Jude?
When people pray to St. Jude, they do it for many reasons. But they are not praying to adore St. Jude.
In Catholicism, when you pray to a saint, you are simply asking for the saint’s intercession. Intercession of the Saints is a practice of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, and the Catholic Church.
Intercession is like asking someone to put in a good word for you. Asking this of a saint, someone who has passed makes sense to those of us who believe in life after death.
St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless cases and many people pray the St. Jude prayer in search of a miracle, or in the midst of darkness or depression.
However, you can use the St. Jude Prayer to:
- Pray for healing
- Pray for love
- Pray for peace
- Pray for prosperity
- Pray for health
- Pray for happiness
- Pray for favor
St. Jude Prayer (Prayer to St Jude for Help)
Time for the special prayer to St Jude Thaddeus, Apostle of Hope!
Most holy Apostle St. Jude Thaddeus,
faithful servant, friend of Jesus,
patron of hopeless cases,
I place myself in your care at this difficult time.
Help me know that I need not face my troubles alone.
Please join me in my need, asking God to send me:
consolation in my sorrow,
courage in my fear,
and healing in the midst of my suffering.
O St. Jude, ask our loving Lord to fill me with the grace
to accept whatever may lie ahead
for me and my loved ones,
and to strengthen my faith in God’s healing powers.
Thank you, Saint Jude Thaddeus,
for the promise of hope you hold out to all who believe
and inspire me to give this gift of hope to others
as it has been given to me.
How to Say The St. Jude Prayer
- Simply recite the words of the prayer
- Insert your specific prayer request (which is the intention of your prayer)
- Make the Sign of the Cross
I make The Sign of the Cross all the time – it’s almost a reflex for me whenever I feel a strong emotion.
To make the Sign of the Cross, you:
Place your hand in a fist so your thumb touches your forehead and say “In the name of the Father.”
Touch your thumb and pointer finger and place them on your lower chest or stomach and say “the Son”
Touch your left shoulder and then the right shoulder and say “and the Holy Spirit”
Bring your hand to your lips and kiss your thumb and pointer finger and offer this kiss to the heavens.
So you are essentially making a cross over your upper body and saying “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost” to represent devoting our minds, bodies, and spirits to God. The kiss symbolizes kissing the cross in a show of reverence and gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice.
Some people like to buy a St. Jude candle that they can light during their prayer. In fact, some candles bring the St. Jude prayer inscribed in the container.
Many people will go to an altar of St. Jude or a shrine so they can touch a statue of St. Jude. I’ve read about St. Jude shrines in India, the Philippines, and in the U.S.A. in Chicago, Illinois, and Baltimore, Maryland.
St. Jude Novena Prayer
In the Roman Catholic Church, a novena is a period of nine consecutive days in which you say special prayers.
Therefore, the St. Jude Novena is a period of nine successive days in which you are asking St. Jude to intercede for you so you can receive blessings, great favor, or even miracles.
St. Jude Hospital
I have had the pleasure to tour the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. I’m a big supporter of their mission to research and cure catastrophic diseases in children.
At St. Jude, they serve children regardless of their race, religion, or financial status, and help families focus on their sick children, rather than on the cost of travel, treatment, housing, or food.
Naturally, I was really curious as to why the name of this hospital is St. Jude. Founder Danny Thomas pleaded to St. Jude Thaddeus in a time of great need:
“Help me find my way in life, and I will build you a shrine.”
And so, he was able to find his way in life and now the hospital is a center of healing and miracles for so many children and families around the world. It’s very inspiring to me and I was very moved during my visit there.
Nothing is impossible with God.
Whether you pray to the great saint St. Jude or plead for the Almighty God directly in the name of Jesus Christ, I believe that you can certainly come out of your darkest place and that miracles are possible.
If you get nothing else out of this post, I want you to remember this: you are worthy of healing, blessings, and the succor of heaven.
I have experienced trauma and struggled with depression since childhood and I know what it’s like to feel lost and alone. In contrast, I have also seen that prayer has such great power and I know that miracles are possible.
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