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Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus, Patron Saint of the Hopeless

Updated on November 6, 2016

 May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved, adored, glorified and preserved throughout the world now and forever. O, Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Amen

This invocation should be said nine times daily and you must promise to circulate this prayer. Your prayers will be answered, sometimes not exactly as you have asked them but by the Will of God in his infinite wisdom.

My mother was a very religious woman and she sat in her chair and said prayers for a good portion of the day. My Mom was the perfect lady. I used to say something that was very vulgar but it was true. "My mother wouldn't say S___ if she had a mouthful." And this was very true.

Mom was very devoted to St. Jude and said prayers to him every day and she always made contributions to St. Jude's Hospital.

Here is a true story that is a great example of how much my Mom believed in St. Jude and his intercession. My Dad grew up outside Wheeling, West Virginia and when he moved to Pittsburgh he still had an Aunt who lived there. Every year, we would all get on a Greyhound Bus and go to Aunt Jess' house for a vist. What visit to Wheeling would be complete though without a visit to the track, then it was horse racing in Wheeling. Dad gave each of us $1 to bet on a horse. Of course, my brother and I were too impatient to wait past the first race and lost our $1 early. My Mom studied the racing form and guess what. In the fourth race, St. Jude was running. There was no question where Mom's $1 was going. She bet St. Jude. No more suspense to this story, she was the only winner of the day.

Speaking of Aunt Jess, her applesauce is the one that gave me the inspiration for what I call Mountain Sauce.  Aunt Jess' applesauce was almost a dark brown from having so much cinnamon in it.

But, I digress--I do know that St. Jude is still very powerful in interceding with Sacred Heart.


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    8 years ago

    The Solemn Novena to St. Jude is October 23rd—31st.

    During the month of October, we bear witness to our faith in everlasting life by joining together in prayer and celebrate the Feast of St. Jude on October 28th.

    During the Novena I encourage you to ask St. Jude to help you or someone you know to be healed—physically, emotionally, or spiritually by sending your petition or letter of gratitude.

    I have faith that God hears our prayers. The October Novena and the Feast of St. Jude are special opportunities for you to make known your prayers and petitions to God.

    Saint Jude truly offers unwavering intervention in times of distress and hope. Pray to St. Jude in times of trial and tribulation. He has never failed me, both trivial and major prayers have been resolved, and for his infinite support, I will always encourage devotion to him. Say the following prayer for nine days, and please spread his word when your prayer has been answered:

    Most holy Apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered the beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hopeless cases, of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore you, of this particular privilege accorded to you, to bring 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 (here make your special request), and that I may bless God with you and all the elect forever.


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