Saint Jude was a grand-nephew of saint Joachim and saint Anne, the parents of the Virgin Mary. Thus he was a cousin of Jesus. He had two other brothers, James the Less and Simeon. He is also known as Thaddeus.
As an Apostle, he labored with great zeal for the conversion of Gentiles. We can read that Jude has preached the Gospel in different places in the region, like Judea, Samaria, Syria and Lybia. He returned to Jerusalem for the Council of the Apostles, which took place around the year 50AD.
He has written an epistle to the Churches of the East, specially to the Jewish converts. In this letter he wrote about the heresies of the Simonians and the Gnostics. This letter was probably written before the fall of Jerusalem, between the years of 62AD and 65AD.
In this letter he warns his friends about the danger of false teachers. Although he was eagerly planning to write them about our salvation, he saw it was more urgent to ask them to defend our Faith against some ungodly people. These people entered secretly in to their churches and started to confuse the faithful with false teachings.
According to the history of the Catholic Church he has suffered martyrdom about the year 65AD, together with his brother, Simeon at Suanis in Persia.They were working there as missionaries in that period. Saint Jude was beaten to death with a club. That's why he is represented with a club in his hand. He was also beheaded with an ax.
Some time after his death his body was brought to Rome and placed in a crypt in the Basilica of st. Peter. Today he is still visited by thousands of devotees.
This saint, a bold preacher and martyr of the Catholic Church, is the patron saint for desperate cases.
This is surely because he has obtained many particular privileges, by having lived such a heroic life for Christ!
His feast day is October 28th.
A common Roman Catholic prayer to Saint Jude
”O most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honoureth and invoketh thee universally, as the patron of hopeless cases and of things almost despaired of.
Pray for me, who am so miserable. Make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of.
Come to mine assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolation and succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity.
I promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor thee as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to thee. Amen"
Wouldn't you want to be privileged to learn more about this saint? Here you find various books to satisfy your needs. Find also novena's and other prayers to saint Jude.
I have found for you this beautiful collection of statues from this so beloved saint. Some are painted in a rustic wood tone, making them look completely natural. There are also some made of resin, they are beautiful and colorful!