St Jude

(Patron of Desperate Cases)

St Jude

PRAYER TO ST. JUDE

(Patron of Desperate Cases)

Oh glorious apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused thee to be forgotten by many, but the Church honors and invokes thee universally as the patron of hopeless cases--of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded thee of bringing visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (mention your request), and that I may bless God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. I promise thee, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor thee as my special and powerful patron, and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to thee. Amen.

The prayers to St. Jude, can be used as a novena (a prayer said for nine consecutive days).

O Holy St Jude!

Apostle and Martyr,

great in virtue and rich in miracles,

near kinsman of Jesus Christ,

faithful intercessor for all who invoke you,

special patron in time of need;

to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart,

and humbly beg you,

to whom God has given such great power,

to come to my assistance;

help me now in my urgent need and grant my earnest petition.

I will never forget thy graces and favors you obtain for me

and I will do my utmost to spread devotion to you. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us and all who honor thee and invoke thy aid.

(Say 3 Our Father's, 3 Hail Mary’s, and 3 Glory Be’s after this.)

Note that in addition to saying a prayer to St. Jude, we can invoke his aid by offering Holy Masses and Communions in his honor. We can also engage in charitable works in his name.

As St. Leo once said “Prayer has the greatest efficacy to obtain favors from God when it is supported by works of mercy.” Don’t forget to help someone in need as part of your prayer to St. Jude.