Saint Jude is an extremely popular saint, despite the fact that we know little about him. He speaks only once in the Gospel of John (14:22).
He is the patron of lost causes and hopeless situations, and his prayers are very powerful!
According to Catholic News Agency,
“An experience Jude had while in the city of Edessa is said to be the reason why Saint Jude is associated with lost causes.According to the ancient church historian Eusebius, while Jesus was still alive, the ruler Abgar V of Edessa was afflicted with an incurable and painful disease. He had heard of the miracles of Jesus and wrote him a letter requesting a visit. Jesus responded that he would send one of his disciples. After Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, Jude went to evangelize near the city of Edessa and went to visit Abgar. Jude laid his hands on the sick ruler and he was instantly healed.”
The feast of Saints Simon and Jude is Oct. 28, which means the Saint Jude novena begins on Oct. 19.
While praying a novena is most common leading up to a saint’s feast day, this novena can be prayed at any point throughout the year for a particular intention.
Below you will find the Novena to Saint Jude For Desperate Situations and Hopeless Cases.
Novena Prayer to Saint Jude for Desperate Situations and Hopeless Cases
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Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.
Intercede with God for me that He 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 –
(make your request here)
– and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.
Prayer Source: EWTN