I’m guessing you’re here because you’re looking for the prayer of Saint Jude. Below, you will find it as well as more information about the holiest apostle.

What is the prayer of Saint Jude?

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, a friend of Jesus, I place myself in your care at this difficult time. 

Pray for me; help me remember that I need not face my troubles alone. 

Please join me in my need, asking God to send me consolation in my sorrow, courage in my fear, and healing in the midst of my suffering.

About the St. Jude Prayer

Why would I pray to Saint Jude?

You pray to St. Jude, also referred to as St. Jude Novena to lead you in prayer for hope and strength during a difficult time in your life and in the lives of others. This is because the faithful servant St. Jude sought to love the Lord through challenging times, so we strive to imitate this same unwavering faith in a time of great need.

Who is St. Jude?

St. Jude, also called Judas, Thaddaeus, or Lebbaeus, is one of the original Twelve Apostles of Jesus and his most faithful servant. 

St. Jude is also the author of the canonical Letter of Jude which warns against the unprincipled and blasphemous heretics. The devotion to him as the patron saint of desperate causes began in France and Germany in the late 18th century.

About the St. Jude Prayer

What is the meaning of St. Jude?

Aside from being the patron saint of lost causes, St. Jude is a symbol of choosing faith when all hope seems lost in a time of need or in desperate situations. He is a testament to standing firm in religious truth in the face of an ever uncertain and challenging world.

Did Saint Jude betray Jesus?

Once one of Jesus’s most trusted disciples, Judas (the name of the traitor) became the poster child for treachery and cowardice. 

Even though the Bible offers few details about Judas’s background, all four gospels of the New Testament name him among Jesus’s 12 closest disciples or apostles.

About the St. Jude Prayer

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus informed his disciples during the Last Supper that one of them will betray him. When they asked who it would be, Jesus said “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” He then dipped a piece of bread in a dish and handed it to Judas. After Judas received the piece of bread, “Satan entered into him.” (John 13:21-27).

Judas then went on his own to the priests of the Temple, the religious authorities at the time, and offered to betray Jesus in exchange for money. As the Gospel of John, the Gospel of Luke also cited Satan’s influence, rather than mere greed, as a reason for Judas’s betrayal. John, however, made clear that Judas was an immoral man even before the devil got into him: He kept the “common purse,” the fund that Jesus and his disciples used for their ministry, and stole from it, according to History.com.

What Happened After Saint Jude betrayed Jesus?

Whatever his motives, Judas led soldiers to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he identified Jesus by kissing him and calling him “Rabbi.” (Mark 14:44-46) According to the Gospel of Matthew, Judas immediately regretted his actions and returned the 30 pieces of silver to church authorities, saying “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” When the authorities dismissed him, Judas left the coins on the floor and committed suicide by hanging himself (Matthew 27:3-8).

About the St. Jude Prayer

According to another source in the Bible, the Book of Acts, Judas didn’t kill himself after betraying Jesus. Instead, he went into a field, where “falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out” (Acts 1:18). This spontaneous-combustion-like process was a common form of death in the Bible when God himself caused people’s deaths.

Judas’s betrayal led to Jesus’s arrest, trial, and death by crucifixion, after which he was resurrected, a sequence of events that—according to Christian tradition—brought salvation to humanity. 

The name “Judas” became synonymous with treachery in various languages, and Judas would be portrayed in Western art and literature as the archetypal traitor and false friend. Dante’s Inferno famously doomed Judas to the lowest circle in Hell, while painters like Giotto and Caravaggio, among others, immortalized the traitorous “Judas kiss” in their iconic works.

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