For the past two years, I have had St. Jude Thaddeus as my patron saint. I intercede through him and bring my petitions through him to God. I would go to the St. Jude Church located in Manila which would take roughly two (2) hours of travel time. There, at one of the few churches worldwide dedicated to his memory, I would pray the novenas, attend masses, and light candles for my intercessions.
St. Jude Thaddeus is one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ and is the bother of St. James. As a missionary, he spread the message of Christ as well as the gospel in the areas of Judea, Libya, Mesopotamia, Syria and Samaria among others. His image is commonly seen with a bludgeon or a heavy stick used as a weapon, an axe (the weapon by which he was martyred), an icon of christ by his chest, a flame over his head (to represent the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongue so he may spread the gospel), or a scroll (the Epistle of St. Jude.) He is commonly mistaken for St. Jude Iscariot, the one who betrayed Jesus.
St. Jude is called the Patron of Desperate Cases (also the Patron of Hopeless Cases), because of the letters he wrote about keeping the faith during times of trouble, agony, disaster and suffering. Up to this day, many have sought for his intercession. For instance, during the 1960’s, in the state of Tennessee (U.S.A), a hospital was made in his memory aiding children with terminal illnesses like cancer.
Coming straight from my novena book, I share with you the prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus :
“St. JUDE, glorious Apostle of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of. Pray for me, who is so miserable. Pray for me that I may finally receive the consolations and the succor of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly ( state your request ), and that I may bless God with the elect through eternity, Amen.
St. JUDE, Apostle, Martyr and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and Joseph, intercede for us. AMEN.”
I am proud and honored to call him my patron saint. He has helped bring me closer to God, and has always been there through troubled times when I called upon him.