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Saint Jude, The Patron Saint of Lost Causes and Despair

Updated on August 31, 2017

St. Jude, The Saint of Lost Causes and Despair

The Apostle Saint Jude Thaddeus is "The Miraculous Saint," the Catholic Patron Saint of "lost causes" and "cases despaired of." When all other avenues are closed, he is the one to call upon, and his help often comes at the last moment. Learn more about St Jude and how you can call upon him to help you.

The St. Jude lens also includes, prayers, prayer requests, how to pray to the rosary, St Jude and rosary merchandise and more.

About St. Jude

The Apostle Saint Jude Thaddeus is the Catholic Patron Saint of "lost causes" and "cases despaired of."When all other avenues are closed, he is the one to call upon, and his help often comes at the last moment.

St Jude is distinguished by the fact that he often wears and holds a golden metal pendant of the type carried by people seeking his aid. Additionally, in some images of Saint Jude, there is a small flame atop his head, signifying the Baptism by Fire (also known as the Baptism of the Holy Ghost) which was received by the Disciples of Jesus at Pentecost.

Saint Jude is one whose aid is sought when all hope is lost, especially in grave health matters and life-and-death situations. It is customary to make a vow that if he helps when called upon, one will publish a notice of thanks in the newspaper. This is why you often see "Thank you St Jude" or "St Jude I than you for your intercession in response to my prayers" in the Personals column of newspaper classified ads. Each one of those notices represents a prayer that was answered by Saint Jude. This magnifies the saint's name and gives hope to those who read the notice and realize that they too may find, through Saint Jude, the help they desperately need.

Are You In Dispair? A Prayer To St. Jude

To be said when problems arise and one seems to be deprived of all visible help, or for cases of despir.

Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use I implore you, of that particular privilege given 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 consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly - (here make your request) that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever.

I promise, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.

Amen.

A Prayer To St. Jude

Most Holy Apostle, St. Jude Thaddeus, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered your beloved Master into the hands of his enemies has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors you, and I invoke you as the special advocate of those who are in trouble and almost without hope. Help me to realize that through our faith we triumph over lifes difficulties by the power of Jesus who gave his life for us. Come to my assistance that I may receive the consolation and succor of heaven in all my needs, trials, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever.

St. Jude, apostle of the Word of God, pray for us.

St. Jude, follower of the Son of God, pray for us.

St. Jude, preacher of the love of God, pray for us.

St. Jude, intercessor before God, pray for us.

St. Jude, friend of all in need, pray for us.

St. Jude, pray for us, and all who invoke your aid.

Thank You Saint Jude for answering my prayers.

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The Lords Prayer

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Start by making the sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Apostle's Creed is said on the Crucifix; the Our Father is said on each of the Large Beads; the Hail Mary is said on each of the Small Beads; the Glory Be after the three Hail Mary's at the beginning of the Rosary, and after each decade of Small Beads.

The Apostle's Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ,

His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;

He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Sprit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

Amen.

The Lord's Prayer:

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Glory Be

Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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St Jude ~ Servant of Jesus Christ

In telling us that a Christian is one who is kept by Christ, Jude implies that a Christian is never alone. Christ is always watching over His own.

Jude teaches that the Lord protects us, as each person encounters the drudgery, despair, and disillusionment of daily life.

Jude seems to be telling us much about himself, and every follower of Christ.

Jude reminds us that those who are called--those dear to God, the Father--

are kept safe for Jesus Christ.

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      Rosemarie Pelote-Bowers 29 hours ago

      Please help me to help 130 People in the nursing home with some nice small gifts, I don't have a lot of money, however I feel God wants Me To Do This to show LOVE To Them For Christmas. AMEN THANKS!!

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      Mena 13 months ago

      Please St. Jude help my son succeed with his company. Please help him to have financial success. Also, please help my daughter . Help her find a great part time job to help with all the bills. Help her have a healthy and loving relationship with her husband and his family. Help her husband in finishing school,finding a secure job close to home and help him find a way to pay for all of this schooling. Help her to survive this very difficult time in her life. I beg of you to help me help them in every way possible . Help me find the finances to help the both of them as much as I can. I thank you in advance St Jude

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      mollys99 3 years ago

      St. Jude, please help my mom and dad. They have about $400 coming in monthly and their bills total over $2000 a month. Please help them to get back on their feet and get rid of some of the debt and bills. Keep them safe during this process and give the 3 of us strength and hope to overcome the struggle.

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      vall226 4 years ago

      @vall226: Blessed St. Jude, thank you for prayers answered. Please continue to guide and watch over my son as he begins this new job. Thank you, St. Jude

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      vall226 4 years ago

      St. Jude, please help my son. He lost his job today and is in a desperate situation. Please intercede for him and help him find another job quickly. Thank you, St. Jude, for your help.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I thank saint jude for answering my plee for help

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      St Jude please accept my prayers and make me and the man off my dreams be together . Thank you st Jude

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      St Jude please accept my prayers and make me and the man off my dreams be together . Thank you st Jude

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      St. Jude,Please give me back my lover (Aurelia) to me. For simple reason she left me alone .Her mother also not interested in our relation due to my caste and salary (my salary is low compared to her). We are working in same office but we are not in contact for past 3 months. I am not interested to marry another girl because my heart is filled with my lover (Aurelia) and I truly love her. Without her (Aurelia) no life for me. I trust st.jude will get back my lover to me very soon and we will start our new life in this world as best couples with blessings of St. Jude and St. Anthony. Please pray for us. Amen.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My brother is supposed to make his final vows for him to become a deacon, unfortunately his documents are lost and his superiors have not been able to send them to Rome. Hence he is worried that they may delay in sending the documents and may not be able to make his final vows. I am requesting that St Jude prays for brother not to lose hope ,and for those keeping the documents to release them in order for the documents to be found in good time and be sent to Rome so that my mother and I will be able to travel to the United States of America and witness the ceremony.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      St. Jude, thank you for your intercession. Never have you failed me, and through taxing times you continue to amaze me. Words cannot articulate my gratitude for your incessant support. Most recently, I truly appreciate your help after surgery- the healing process has been remarkable and rapid! Please continue to help me during the recovery process, healing properly each day with no complications. Thank you God for answering my prayer; thank you St. Jude for interceding on my behalf. I will encourage devotion to you always.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      St. Jude, I ask for your assistance, with accepting my brother's suicide, and the visions of seeing the way he ended the pain of his physical illness, his mental health needs, and his cheating wife that led him to end his life. I ask for the help in forgiving his wife for causing him pain, by cheating,lying and not loving him the way he deserved. I ask for my niece to have the knowledge that he father loved her. I ask for the strength to get through the false accusations against me and have those making claims understand the damage they have done and give me the strength to stand for what I believe knowing I have done no harm. I also ask for real love to come into my life and let people see the caring loving person I am and not the hard shell that I have built to protect me from the hate, lies and evil that have attempted to enter my life.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      St. Jude, I implore you to please hear me and answer my prayer. I am alone taking care of my elderly mom and trying to find happiness in life and the financial means to not worry about this daily. I want nothing more than to see my mom happy in her last years, but I'm so sad and distressed and I want this to go away and just lead a financially secure happy life. Please answer my prayers . I have never felt more like a lost cause in the last couple of years and I cant take much more. Please please answer my prayers. I will be forever your servant. Thank you

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      St Jude,Pray for my brother and his wife and their family that they may decide to stay together and lead a happier married life.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I need help in my personal life,finances and with a son who has addiction troubles. Please pray for us

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      St. Jude, Please help me find my lost pretty Pearl cockatiel. Please don't let her alone in the wilderness, please help her find home.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      St. Jude please bless us with another little miracle. Our hearts would love nothing more then to share our lives with another little angel. We know of your miracle works as our son is proof. Once again we call on you St. Jude to hear our prayers....Keep Stacy strong and bless us all through this emotional journey. We have faith in you for we know how great you are. St. Jude pray for us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      St Jude patron of loss causes kinsman of Jesus Christ our Lord and father, please pray for the healing of my marriage and relationship with Melissa. St Jude please intercede on behalf for Melissa and I to renew our love, repair our relationship and restore our marriage. St Jude I promise to live an honest, dedicated life with Melissa and to share with others your most glorious mission. Thank you for your love and guidance and for this most wonderful gift, my marriage

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Please pray for me, to get out of my financial problem.I needed God's miraculous help for my desperate and seemingly impossible cases.Thank you very much. Joanna

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Please pray for my dear friend Vera who is fighting cancer, she is an angel on earth with two daughters who need her.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Please pray for moms kidneys, liver and heart continue to repair themselves - all of her body- that she may have more days here on this earth.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Please help me heal my heart from all the pain and suffering after twenty years of marriage my husband let me and my children I find myself crying and finally struggle lease St,.Jude help me that the struggles that are happening to me are short lived and that I will fine happeniess again and please keep me and my children safe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      St. Jude please continue to watch over and bless my dad (Donald). He is very sick in icu. We need you now more than ever. You are my powerful and favorite Saint. I know of your miracle works. My dad is fighting so hard for his life and I am praying that you can and will heal him. I know and believe in the power of prayer. Many prayers being sent for my dad...I love you dad and need you....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Saint Jude

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      St. Jude, I am truly in despair and feel sad. Three of my children will not attend Mass nor teach the Catholic faith to their children. Two of our grandchildren should be receiving the Sacrament of First Communion, but their parents are not enrolling them in preparation classes. St. Jude, I have asked so many people to pray including religious communities and churches, but nothing changes. Please pray all my children who are not attending Mass return to the Church and teach the faith to their children. Please pray all my grandchildren receive the Sacraments. Thank you St. Jude for listening to my request.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dear St. Jude,I pray that you intercede on my family's behalf that we may know God's grace. Please help us deal with our personal as well as financial problems. Please let her be moved by Jesus' love and begin taking responsibility for herself and her child. Please help me muster the strenght to see her and aid her in her path. Please watch over my husband's health and his career and heal him and us of our physical, emotional, and financial afflictions. Watch over the little one and give her the tools she needs in life to overcome and suceed in life. I pray for my mother, father, grandmothers, sisters, brother, nieces and nephews and that they may now health and happiness in this new year. Amen

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dear St. Jude,I pray that you intercede on my family's behalf that we may know God's grace. Please help us deal with our personal as well as financial problems. Please let her be moved by Jesus' love and begin taking responsibility for herself and her child. Please help me muster the strenght to see her and aid her in her path. Please watch over my husband's health and his career and heal him and us of our physical, emotional, and financial afflictions. Watch over the little one and give her the tools she needs in life to overcome and suceed in life. I pray for my mother, father, grandmothers, sisters, brother, nieces and nephews and that they may now health and happiness in this new year. Amen

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dear St. Jude, please help us to find the resources to pay off our debts.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Saint Jude please help my son find a job, Thank you, I believe

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Saint Jude intercede for me and my family. Amen.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      St. Jude, please help my daughter in getting the job she desires and to have peace, love,good health and security in her life.St Jude please help my son to find deep everlasting love with a deserving lady in his life. Please take away his lonilness and lack of security and also help him in finding a place to live happily, safely and comfortably near me.St Jude please also help my second son, who is about to become a father any day now,that he connects more strongly with his girlfriend and baby and please bless his little family with love, patience, good health and great bonding.St Jude to you I pray in all the times of my difficulties, I ask again today, this Mother's day that you bless my mum with good health, security and love of family.Bless my entire family, may there be unity,good health and peace between us.St. Jude please bless my relationship,it is because of you that we are now back together, so I say thank you. Please bless us with your love, make our love and understanding for each other grow stronger day by day. Help us in this critical job situation we are in now. Please bless Michael that his contract may be renewed and that he also gets the other contract, so that we can continue feeding our children, Amen

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      That my son Jesse will recover and his children will have a happy healthly father

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      St. Jude, one of my favourite saints, mostly because of the Danny Thomas story. For those who don't know the power of prayer perhaps you should look to entertainer Danny Thomas and his prayer to St. Jude to assist him in making it in show business and he would build a hospital. Naturally that hospital was St. Jude one of the worlds great institutions for the sick. Thank you for the lens.