St. Jude was a friend and cousin of Jesus, along with his brother James. His mother, Mary, was Jesus' mother's cousin and St. Jude's father, Cleopas was St. Joseph's brother. Jesus asked him to be one of His special followers called an Apostle. Like all Apostles, St. Jude was sent to tell people the Good News about Jesus. After he died, Jude was called a saint.
St. Jude the apostle is also sometimes known as Thaddeus. His feast day is celebrated along with St. Simon the Zealot on October 28.
Images of St. Jude often show a flame above his head which represents his presence at Pentecost when the apostles received the Holy Spirit.
He is also depicted holding an image of Jesus. Legend has it that Jesus sent St Jude with a cloth that had a perfect imprint of Jesus’ Face on it, to heal King Abgar who had shown great faith.
Catholics ask St. Jude's intercession when a situation seems hopeless because of the letter he wrote which is found in the New Testament. This letter encourages faithful Christians to persevere even in harsh and difficult circumstances. That is why he is known as the patron saint of impossible cases.
He is also the patron saint of the Chicago Police Department and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo - the Rio de Janeiro soccer team, as well as the patron of several hospitals.
Prayers to St. Jude can be found here: https://www.stjudeshrine.org/sj/prayers_to_st_jude/
St. Jude, pray for us.
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