St. Jude Thaddeus, one of the Twelve Apostles, was a cousin of Jesus on St. Joseph’s side. He was with Jesus from the beginning of His public life and followed Him to Jerusalem and Golgotha. Following Our Lord’s Ascension and Resurrection, the Apostle Jude was sent together with the Apostle Simon the Zealot to preach the Gospel in Persia. It was during these years that St. Jude penned the beautiful and short epistle that bears his name. He was martyred by being clubbed to death in what is today Armenia.
For centuries after his martyrdom, St. Jude was obscured by Judas Iscariot. Few people venerated him. In recent times, however, St. Jude has become known as the patron of hopeless and impossible cases. He has been known to cure people and to help others in circumstances that absolutely defy logic.
The nine day novena in honor of the Holy Apostle St. Jude, patron of hopeless and impossible cases, begins today and will end on October 28th
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!
St. Jude, pray for us!