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Saint Jude Thaddeus (the Apostle)

AKA: Jude of James; Judas Thaddaeus; Labbaeus; Jude, brother of Jesus; Lebai Sleeha

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

Died:  1st century A.D. in Persia by being beaten to death with a club, then beheaded post-mortem
Relics at Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy, at Rheims, France and at Toulouse, France

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:  Desperate Situations; Forgotten Causes; Hospital Workers; Hospitals; Impossible Causes; Lost Causes
Places: Saint Petersburg, Florida; Clube de Regatas do Flamengo from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; The Phillipines; Sinajana, Guam

Representation: Axe; Bearded man holding an oar; Boat; Boat Hook; Book; Carpenter's rule; Club; Halberd; Scroll; Square Rule; Sword; Nearly every image depicts him wearing a medallion with a profile of Jesus and usually with a small flame above his head; Often carries a pen or sits at a writing location to make reference to the canonical Epistle

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 Libya.  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.