St. Jude

What is the meaning of Saint Jude and why do people pray to him?  Well, here it is! The Saints, in my humble opinion, can serve anyone anywhere.  They are people who actually lived and did admirable acts.  Their individual histories are fascinating whatever religion you are or not...

About St Jude

Holy Card with Image of St JudeThough he is sometimes called “the Forgotten Saint”, St. Jude has never been one to forget those who turn to him. Unlike other saints who are given a limited and narrow patronage, St. Jude Thaddeus is invoked in innumerable situations, as the patron saint for all those cases which are most desperate, most hopeless, and most impossible.

Little has been handed down about the life of the apostle St. Jude. Though he was a disciple of Christ throughout His public ministry, St. Jude was quote only once in the gospels: During the last supper, St. Jude asked a question which led Christ to reveal the doctrine of indwelling of the Holy Trinity. After the resurrection, St. Jude was faithful to the command that he and the other apostles received, “Go out, making disciples of all nations … teaching them to observe all the commandments which I have given you,” (Matthew 28:19-20).

According to tradition, St. Jude preached in Judea, Samaria, Syria, Mesopotamia and Libya. He was later martyred, though accounts of his martyrdom vary; some say he was martyred in Persia and others say that he was martyred in Syria (modern Beirut). He may have been clubbed to death or attacked with an axe, which is why he is sometimes depicted in art with those instruments. Eventually, his relics were transferred to Rome, where his is buried in the crypt at St. Peters Basilica.

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