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Saint Jude (the Apostle)

Born: 1st century A.D. in Galilee, Judea, Roman Empire

Died:  1st century A.D. in Persia, or Ararat, Armenia

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church; Eastern Orthodox Churches; Eastern Catholic Churches; Oriental Orthodox Churches; Churches of the East; Anglican Communion; Lutheran Church; Aglipayan Church; Islam

Canonized:  Pre-Congregation

Feast Day: October 28 (Western Christianity); June 19 (Eastern Christianity)

Patronages:  Lost Causes; Desperate Situations; Hospitals; The Chicago Police Department
Places: Saint Petersburg, Florida; Clube de Regatas do Flamengo from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Phillipines; Sinajana, Guam

Saint Jude, known as Thaddeus, was the brother of Saint James the Less and relative of Jesus Christ.  Ancient writers tell us that he preached the gospel in Judea, Samaria and Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia and Lybia.  According to Eusebius he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62 and assisted at the election of his brother, Simeon, as bishop of Jerusalem.  He is the author of an epistle of the church of the east, particular Jewish converts, directed against the heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites and Gnostics.  This Apostle is said to have suffered martyrdom in Armenia, with was then subject to Persia.  (Armenia didn't become Christian until the 3rd century.)

We turn to Saint Jude in times of need and for serious or seemingly hopeless causes, including depression, grieving, unemployment, and illness, and ask for his divine intercession.

In accordance with his surname, Thaddeus (which means generous, courageous, kind), Our Lord said, “He will show himself most willing to give help.”

Saint Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand.  This represents the imprint of the Divine Countenance that was entrusted to him by Jesus.  We are confident that our invocation of our most powerful patron, Saint Jude, lifts our petitions to the God who always loves us.