St. Jude Novena

St. Jude, known as Thaddeus, brother of St. James the less, and a relative of Our Saviour. St. Jude was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. According to Eusebius, he returned to Jerusalem in the year 62, and assisted at the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.

He is an author of an epistle (The letter of Jude) to the Churches of the East, particularly the Jewish converts, directed against the heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostic’s.

This Apostle is said to have suffered martyrdom in Armenia, which was then subject to Persia. The final conversion of the Armenian nation to Christianity did not take place until the third century of our era. Jude was the one who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why He would not  manifest Himself to the whole world after His resurrection. Little else is know of his life. Legend claims that he visited Beirut and Edessa; possibly martyred with St. Simon in Persia.

Jude is invoked in desperate situations because his New Testament letter stresses that the faithful should persevere in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their forefathers had done before them. Therefore, he is the patron saint of desperate cases and his feast day is October 28. Saint Jude is not the same person as Judas Iscariot who betrayed Our Lord and despaired because of his great sin and lack of trust in God’s mercy.

Traditionally, the novena prayer is said for 9 days. The 9 days signifies the 9 days the early Apostles prayed together during the time between the Ascension of Jesus, and Pentecost, when they experienced the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. However, there is no hard and fast “rule” for praying; it is best if you adopt a series of prayers and a rhythm for saying them that is comfortable for you and allows you to open a dialogue with God.

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 (your request) and 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.

FOLLOW-UP PRAYERS (Three Times Each)

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, 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 our death. Amen.

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


Example of Thanks for Prayers Answered: “Thank you God for prayers answered through the intercession of your servant, St. Jude Thaddeus!”

Gary – Louisville, KY



7 thoughts on “St. Jude Novena”

  1. Thank you st Jude for the prayers answered, for saving my son from the terrible motor vehicular accident and improving his speech and general condition from the stroke, giving us hope. My husband and are ever so grateful. Please heal his stroke give back his speech.


  2. I have desperately been praying novenas as of late for what I view as hopeless but I recognize may also be my own anxiety manifesting. You have interceded and helped, greatly and for that I am ever so thankful. Please intercede now as I continue my prayers for health. Please I pray of you. I know you have already helped so much, but truly it’s only with medical tests that this desperate prayer can be fully answered.


  3. I thank you in. Advance for the outcome for you hope. You have never left me. I praise your name and know you walk with me in all that is good for me. Blessed St. Jude pray for me, stay with me, Lord God please do not abododon me.


  4. Thank You St. Jude for your constant intercession! Thanks be to God for countless prayers answered! I promised St. Jude a new blog to spread devotion to his powerful intercessory prayer with Our Lord. Here it is! Please share the site with your friends in Christ.


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