Saint Jude Thaddeus  the Apostle

Feast Day: October 28th

Saint Jude Thaddeus


Life of St. Jude Thaddeus

"THE FORGOTTEN SAINT;" this is a title that is sometimes given to our saint. It is hard to conceive how any saint of God could really be forgotten by men, but this fact may be explained by a certain confusion of names. No doubt it was by reason of the shameful treason of another Jude, Judas Iscariot, that the name of a glorious apostle and martyr has suffered the forgetfulness of men. At all times therefore in our sketch of his life we shall refer to him not simply as St. Jude, but as Jude Thaddeus lest the name of the martyr be confounded with the name of the traitor. Today more than ever is the merit of Jude Thaddeus being revived in the minds and the hearts of men. He in return is proving himself more than an ordinary advocate taking special delight in coming to the aid of persons in desperate need. No petition seems too great for him whence he is known as the "Patron In Cases Despaired Of." Although the name Jude Thaddeus has been neglected in the devotions of men it is nevertheless one of the oldest names in the calendar of Christ's Church. It has the sanction of antiquity dating back to the call of the Twelve.

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is ever new and vigorous simply because she is what she is, the great Mother of God. Nor will piety towards St. Joseph ever wither away and die being inseparately connected with the name of Jesus as his foster-father. The name of Jude Thaddeus, once it is known, should appeal to us for a similar reason, he also being closely allied to Our Blessed Lord by a blood relationship. This singular privilege came to him through St. Anne and St. Joachim, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Being a grandnephew of these two holy souls he is at once a nephew of Joseph and Mary which of course places him in the relationship of cousin to Our Lord Himself. Proximity to Christ is always a valuable asset, yea even an indispensable one, to a saint, but when it is the nearness of actual relationship to the Saviour of mankind, it becomes a powerful incentive in making man try all the more to endear himself to that saint.

St. Jude Thaddeus owed his inception into the world to Cleophas and Mary of Cleophas, his parents. His mother, Mary of Cleophas brought him up in a youthhood of piety and innocence, both of which were fostered and augmented by the ever outstanding example of Christ. This example was vouchsafed him even in his boyhood years, for as cousin of the Saviour he must have frequently been in an intimate association with the Saviour of the world. What events made up the life of Jude Thaddeus up to the time of the call to apostleship are not known, but this much is certain, when the divine invitation was extended he not only embraced it, but never for a moment allowed his zeal to abate as an apostle. It was zeal and zeal alone which eventually brought to him the much coveted prize of martyrdom. He was not only an Apostle, but also one of the sacred writers. His work is known as "The Epistle of St. Jude." Although only a very brief work of twenty-five verses, the shortest writing of the New Testament, it is remarkable for the strength and grandeur of its language. Most of its contents are wonderfully well adapted to the time in which we live, for, the heresies and immoralities of the Simonians and the Gnostics are with us even today. It was against these that St. Jude Thaddeus directed his writings. It seems also that he was one of the last of the twelve Apostles to die. He infers this when he writes "be mindful of the words which have been spoken before by the Apostles."

Proper names, in the early history of mankind, were used not only to designate a certain person, but oftimes were expressive of some trait, or traits peculiar to that person. The several names ascribed to our Saint are revelant, enabling us to understand more easily the success that was his all through his apostolic labors. In the Acts of the Apostles he is called simply "Jude," in the Greek text of St. Matthew he is known as "Lebbeus," and in the Vulgate edition of the Bible we hear of him under the appellation of "Thaddeus." The name Juda (or Jude) conveys the idea of confessions or praise, whence Jude would signify a man who boldly confesses Jehovah his God and gives ready praise to the Lord. "Lebbeus," according to the explanation of St. Jerome, means a man of more than ordinary knowledge of the things of God. Both characteristics are invaluable and indispensable in one who is called upon to be an Apostle, but of what worth is dauntless zeal and consummate wisdom if there is lack of understanding of the human side of life? Where there is a scarcity of kindness and proper understanding of men the crumbs of eternal truth falling from the lips of the exponent of the Word of God must necessarily be turned from manna into a bitter herb. How well Jude Thaddeus understood all this. True to his name "Thaddeus" he seemed to have more than ordinary insight to the problems of those to whom he preached, and this was undoubtedly the secret of his success in his dealings with men . . . "Thaddeus" it must be remembered means sweetness and gentleness of character.

His labors in Persia give us some idea of the difficulties which so often confronted him in his ministry. This country, infested with magicians who employed their art to deceive, if possible, and foster pagan superstition, made it imperative that these imposters be definitely exposed once and for all times. Invariably St. Jude Thaddeus and his companion found traces of two special agents of Satan going in advance of them trying to preclude if possible the efficacy of their work. Their names were Zaroes and Arfaxat, skilled magicians employing their nefarious trickery to dupe the ignorant into a belief of the power of pagan idols to hear and grant requests. The opportunity presented itself to make a complete exposure of the work of these magicians. God gave a special power to Jude Thaddeus. In his presence the idols were forced to speak, when commanded by him, to confess the One True God. Then the demons inhabitating the idols were ordered to leave and in so doing the pagan statues fell to the ground and were dashed into a thousand pieces amid a howl of infernal rage. But it was the instigators themselves, the magicians, whom our saint was anxious to meet face to face that he might bring them to the Justice of God. On being informed that they had located themselves in the camp of the Persian army no time was lost by Jude in gaining entrance to the camp. Verardach, the commander-in-chief, ordered St. Jude Thaddeus to advance and make known his mission. Fearless he cried out: "We serve Jesus Christ, and have come to bring you eternal life if you abandon your errors and your worship of the gods."

It was a bold assertion to make in the camp of an enemy, but the commander was interested nevertheless, this due to the fact that he had already been informed of the above episode, the fall of the pagan idols at the saint's command. The commander promised to hear more of the mission of the saint once the onslaught of the impending battle was over. Anxious to know the outcome of the ensuing battle and thinking that perhaps our saint might enlighten him he lost no time in approaching St. Jude Thaddeus on the subject. The saint first commanded the idols to make reply to the question. The answer, not too favorable, came back that the war would be long and tedious with many perishing on both sides. At this the commander was very much perplexed and worried. Then the Apostle with great joy exclaimed, "Fear not, Oh Prince! Thy gods lie! Tomorrow at this very hour ambassadors will arrive from the enemy's camp to demand peace; they will accept all the conditions you propose and will become your tributaries." So completely was the oracle fulfilled that it was only the intercession of St. Jude Thaddeus that kept the two wicked magicians from a fate of being burned alive at the stake.

Throughout his entire ministry St. Jude Thaddeus was subject to all sorts of persecution and suffering. Our Lord predicted this very thing concerning His Apostles . . . they would be reviled and oftimes rejected. Notwithstanding his great success it must be remembered that our saint at all times had to deal with a hard people, a people steeped in the dregs of immorality. They were loath to surrender impure habits sanctioned by a custom of long standing. But the acceptance of Christianity meant customs diametrically opposed to this, whence the doctrine of the All-Pure Christ was obnoxious to their pagan ears. It was this very thing that provoked and eventfully brought about his martyrdom and death and those unwilling to embrace the new doctrine waited impatiently for the day when vengeance could be meted out.

The eventful day came, a day of victory for the enemies, but a day of great joy for Jude Thaddeus now that the coveted prize was within reach. It is a custom in the Church to represent her martyrs in statuary with the instrument of torture that made possible for them the crown of immortality. St. Stephen is rep- resented with stones as an emblem upon his shield signifying that he was stoned to death for Christ; the emblem of St. Peter and his brother is the cross, of St. Paul the sword, of St. Lawrence a gridiron, of St. Sebastian an arrow, etc. These were the instruments of their combat and victory. And so we have Jude Thaddeus represented with a club in his hand, not that he used it in combat, but to make known to us that it was with this that he was put to death for Christ.

Tradition tells us that after he was clubbed into insensibility his head was severed from his body with a broadax. The Church assures us that his pure soul winged its way heavenward immediately after his martyrdom and that his name was written in beaming letters of gold at the base of the throne of the Most High. St. Jude Thaddeus, the "Forgotten Saint" . . . forgotten by men perhaps, but not by God.

St. Jude Thaddeus is represented as wearing a miniature of Our Lord upon his breast. Tradition tells us that when the fame of Our Lord's miracles had reached the king of Edessa (in which country our saint preached and established a church) the king being afflicted with the terrible malady of leprosy sent a messenger to Our Lord beseeching Him to come and heal him. When the unfortunate kin was in- formed that Our Lord could not gratify his request, he sent an artist to Jerusalem that he might obtain at least a portrait of the Master. Tradition relates that on seeing Christ, the poor artist was so blinded by the divine brightness emanating from the face of Christ that he was powerless to trace even so much as a line. Our Lord, moved with compassion and wishing to console the afflicted king, held a cloth to His own face leaving thereon the image of His own countenance. He then gave it to the poor artist with the injunction to carry it back to the ruler, at the same time promising to send some one to cure him. Tradition has it that Jude Thaddeus was the one commissioned by Christ to perform the miracle. St. Jude needed no credentials. He was immediately recognized as the promised one. The first words of greeting to the king were, "Thou hast faith in the Lord Jesus, therefore He sent me." St. Jude then placed his hands upon the king and the hideous sores of leprosy disappeared with a cure that was both instantaneous and complete.

It is related that such were the subsequent miracles of Jude Thaddeus that, not only the king and his court, but well nigh the entire kingdom of Edessa were converted to the cause of Christ. This incident is given by us to explain the meaning of the miniature of Christ portrayed on the breast of our saint whenever he is represented in statues and pictures.

His last mortal remains now lie in the great basilica of St. Peter in Rome. Pope Paul III, in a brief dated September 22, 1548, granted a plenary indulgence to all who would visit his tomb on the day commemorating his death, October 28 . . . the date of his feast. This, we believe, is a very significant fact, for, plenary indulgences were rarely granted at that time. It is proof manifest that his intercessory power must have been felt then in no mean manner. All the saints, of course, have power with God since they are the special friends of God, but the fact cannot be denied that some have been permitted to make their influence felt more than others. The why and the wherefore belongs to God alone. The history of St. Jude Thaddeus both as to his sojourn upon earth and his relation to his clients now, prove that God has vouchsafed him an extraordinary power in cases where others have failed. It is especially in difficult cases that his wonderful help is experienced. Thousands have implored his aid and have lived to see their prayers answered in an extraordinary and even miraculous manner even when to all human calculation the petition seemed hopeless.

Venerable Columbia, a Dominican nun, was a most ardent devotee of St. Jude, and she lived to see many a petition of grave and serious nature granted through his prayers. Another client among the saints was none other than the immortal St. Bernard of Clairvaux. During his entire life he never ceased to invoke St. Jude Thaddeus and to make use of his relic when the dark clouds of adversity surrounded him. When saint calls upon saint we who are sinners should take courage and invoke that one, as St. Bernard did when he sought the prayers of St. Jude. Even though it be a malady defying all human skill, even though it be a sickness for which there is no apparent remedy, even though it be anguish of soul and distress of heart, poverty, misery, yea even despair, go to Jude Thaddeus, cousin of Our Lord, and he will show you a way out of your troubles, if not through your own solution, at least by a better one conceived of in the mind of the One above us all and in us all. There is no problem so perplexing for which St. Jude Thaddeus, "Patron In Cases Despaired Of," cannot find a solution, thereby bringing joy and gladness to your heart.

Many are the ways of incurring the favor of Saint Jude Thaddeus. Some approach by making systematic visits to the Blessed Sacrament, as for example nine consecutive weekly Holy Hours offered as a novena, others by making a consecutive number of communions in honor, others by means of a triduum or novena of Masses, others by participating in the public solemn novenas held at the Shrine. Choose whichever way pleases you most so long as you remember that the surest way to approach St. Jude Thaddeus is to prove your self worthy of the divine favor. St. Jude Thaddeus, pray for us. May your good prayers be answered through him so that once you have learned to know him, you will have proof manifest of your gratitude by spreading love and devotion to "The Unknown Saint" and "Patron In Difficult and Despaired Of Cases."


Epistle Of Saint Jude

He exhorts them to stand to the faith first delivered to them and to beware of heretics.

1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James: to them that are beloved in God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called. 2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and charity be fulfilled. 3 Dearly beloved, taking all care to write unto you concerning your common salvation, I was under a necessity to write unto you: to beseech you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men are secretly entered in, (who were written of long ago unto this judgment,) ungodly men, turning the grace of our Lord God into riotousness, and denying the only sovereign Ruler, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 5 I will therefore admonish you, though ye once knew all things, that Jesus, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, did afterwards destroy them that believed not:

6 And the angels who kept not their principality, but forsook their own habitation, he hath reserved under darkness in everlasting chains, unto the judgment of the great day. 7 As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighbouring cities, in like manner, having given themselves to fornication, and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire. 8 In like manner these men also defile the flesh, and despise dominion, and blaspheme majesty. 9 When Michael the archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses, he durst not bring against him the judgment of railing speech, but said: The Lord command thee. 10 But these men blaspheme whatever things they know not: and what things soever they naturally know, like dumb beasts, in these they are corrupted.

6 "Principality"... That is, the state in which they were first created, their original dignity.

8 "Blaspheme majesty"... Speak evil of them that are in dignity; and even utter blasphemies against the divine majesty.

9 "Contended about the body"... This contention, which is no where else mentioned in holy writ, was originally known by revelation, and transmitted by tradition. It is thought the occasion of it was, that the devil would have had the body buried in such a place and manner, as to be worshipped by the Jews with divine honours.

9 "Command thee"... or rebuke thee.

11 Woe unto them, for they have gone in the way of Cain: and after the error of Balaam they have for reward poured out themselves, and have perished in the contradiction of Core. 12 These are spots in their banquets, feasting together without fear, feeding themselves, clouds without water, which are carried about by winds, trees of the autumn, unfruitful, twice dead, plucked up by the roots, 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own confusion; wandering stars, to whom the storm of darkness is reserved for ever. 14 Now of these Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying: Behold, the Lord cometh with thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to reprove all the ungodly for all the works of their ungodliness, whereby they have done ungodly, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against God.

11 "Gone in the way"... Heretics follow the way of Cain, by murdering the souls of their brethren; the way of Balaam, by putting a scandal before the people of God, for their own private ends; and the way of Core or Korah, by their opposition to the church governors of divine appointment.

14 "Prophesied"... This prophecy was either known by tradition, or from some book that is since lost.

16 These are murmurers, full of complaints, walking according to their own desires, and their mouth speaketh proud things, admiring persons for gain's sake. 17 But you, my dearly beloved, be mindful of the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, 18 Who told you, that in the last time there should come mockers, walking according to their own desires in ungodlinesses. 19 These are they, who separate themselves, sensual men, having not the Spirit. 20 But you, my beloved, building yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

17 "But you, my dearly beloved, be mindful"... He now exhorts the faithful to remain steadfast in the belief and practice of what they had heard from the apostles, who had also foretold that in aftertimes (lit. in the last time) there should be false teachers, scoffing and ridiculing all revealed truths, abandoning themselves to their passions and lusts; who separate themselves from the Catholic communion by heresies and schisms. Sensual men, carried away and enslaved by the pleasures of the senses.

20 "Building yourselves upon your most holy faith"... Raising by your actions, a spiritual building, founded, 1 st, upon faith; 2 d, on the love of God; 3 d, upon hope, whilst you are waiting for the mercies of God, and the reward of eternal life; 4 th, joined with the great duty of prayer.

21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting. 22 And some indeed reprove, being judged: 23 But others save, pulling them out of the fire. And on others have mercy, in fear, hating also the spotted garment which is carnal. 24 Now to him who is able to preserve you without sin, and to present you spotless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, 25 To the only God our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and magnificence, empire and power, before all ages, and now, and for all ages of ages. Amen.

22 "Reprove, being judged"... He gives them another instruction to practice charity in endeavouring to convert their neighbour, where they will meet with three sorts of persons: 1 st, With persons obstinate in their errors and sins; these may be said to be already judged and condemned; they are to be sharply reprehended, reproved, and if possible convinced of their error. 2 d, As to others you must endeavour to save them, by pulling them, as it were, out of the fire, from the ruin they stand in great danger of. 3 d, You must have mercy on others in fear, when you see them through ignorance of frailty, in danger of being drawn into the snares of these heretics; with these you must deal more gently and mildly, with a charitable compassion, hating always, and teaching others to hate the carnal garment which is spotted, their sensual and corrupt manners, that defile both the soul and body.

24 "Now to him"... St. Jude concludes his epistle with this doxology of praising God, and praying to the only God our Saviour, which may either signify God the Father, or God as equally agreeing to all the three persons, who are equally the cause of Christ's incarnation, and man's salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who, being God from eternity, took upon him our human nature, that he might become our Redeemer.

Prayer to Saint Jude Thaddeus

Most holy Apostle Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered the beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused you to be forgotten by many, but 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 consolations and help of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly your request and that I may bless God with you and all the elect forever.

I promise, O blessed Saint 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.

To be said when problems arise or when one seems to be deprived of all visible help, or for cases almost despaired of.

Prayer II

Glorious Saint Jude, with faith in your goodness I ask your help today. As one of Christ's chosen Apostles, you are a pillar and foundation of His Church on earth. You are among the elders who stand always before God's throne.

Brother Jude, you are renowned for your kinship with Christ and your physical resemblance to our Savior. Help me remain close to Christ and resemble Him in my outlook and actions.

Holy Apostle, you are venerated for your work of preaching the gospel and your faithfulness to Christ by a martyr's death. Assist me to preach the good news of Christ by word and example, and remain steadfast in His service as you were.

From your place of glory, do not forget the needs and difficulties of Christ's little ones like me, still struggling on the way home to God. Pray for me that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (name special problem) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever.

Intercede for us all, gracious, brother Saint Jude, and pray for us to the Lord our God in our daily toil and our necessities. Amen.


Prayer III

O Glorious Saint Jude, you were honored to be a cousin as well as a follower of Jesus, and you wrote an Epistle in which you said: "Grow strong in your holy faith through prayer in the Holy Spirit." Obtain for us the grace of being people of faith and people of prayer. Let us be so attached to the three Divine Persons through faith and prayer on earth that we may be united with them in the glory of the beatific vision in heaven.

Prayer IV

Dear Apostle and Martyr for Christ, you left us an Epistle in the New Testament. With good reason many invoke you when illness is at a desperate stage. We now recommend to your kindness {name of patient} who is in a critical condition. May the cure of this patient increase his/her faith and love for the Lord of Life, for the glory of our merciful God. Amen.

Novena to Saint Jude

To Saint Jude, Holy Saint Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recourse from the depths of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition, in return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. Saint Jude pray for us and all who invoke your aid. Amen.

Say 3 Our Father's, 3 Hail Mary's and 3 Glory Be's

The Litany of St. Jude Thaddeus

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Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

Saint Jude, relative of Jesus and Mary,
Pray for us.
St. Jude, deemed worthy while on earth to see Jesus and Mary and to enjoy their company,
Pray for us.
St. Jude, raised to the dignity of an Apostle, etc.
St. Jude, who hadst the honor of beholding thy Divine Master humble Himself to wash thy feet,
St. Jude, who at the Last Supper didst receive the Holy Eucharist from the hands of Jesus,
St. Jude, who after the profound grief which the death of thy beloved Master caused thee, hadst the consolation of beholding Him risen from the dead, and of assisting at His glorious Ascension,
St. Jude, who wast filled with the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost,
St. Jude, who didst preach the Gospel in Persia,
St. Jude, who didst convert many people to the Faith,
St. Jude, who didst perform wonderful miracles in the power of the Holy Ghost,
St. Jude, who didst restore an idolatrous king to health of both soul and body,
St. Jude, who didst impose silence on demons and didst confound their oracles,
St. Jude, who didst foretell to a weak prince an honorable peace with his powerful enemy,
St. Jude, who didst take from deadly serpents the power of injuring man,
St. Jude, who, disregarding the threats of the impious, didst courageously preach the doctrine of Christ,
St. Jude, who didst gloriously suffer martyrdom for the love of thy Divine Master,
Blessed Apostle,
With confidence we invoke thee.
Blessed Apostle,
With confidence we invoke thee.
Blessed Apostle,
With confidence we invoke thee.
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
Aid me in my distress.
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
Aid me in my distress.
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
Aid me in my distress.
That by thy intercession, both priests and people of the Church may obtain
an ardent zeal for the Faith of Jesus Christ,
We beseech thee, hear us.
That thou wouldst defend our Sovereign Pontiff and obtain peace
and unity for the Holy Church,
We beseech thee, hear us.
That all heathens and unbelievers may be converted to the True Faith, etc.
That faith, hope and charity may increase in our hearts,
That we may be delivered from all evil thoughts and from all the snares of the devil,
That thou wouldst vouchsafe to aid and protect all those who honor thee,
That thou wouldst preserve us from all sin and from all occasions of sin,
That thou wouldst defend us at the hour of death against the fury of the devil and of his evil spirits,
 Pray for us, that before death we may expiate all our sins by sincere repentance
and the worthy reception of the holy Sacraments,
Pray for us, that we may appease the Divine Justice and obtain a favorable judgment,
Pray for us, that we may be admitted into the company of the blessed,
to rejoice in the presence of our God forever,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Saint Jude, pray for us,
R. And for all who invoke thine aid.

Let Us Pray.
O God, Who through Thy blessed Apostle Jude Thaddeus hast brought us unto the knowledge of Thy Name, grant us both to celebrate his eternal glory by making progress in virtues, and by celebrating his glory, to advance in virtue, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost art one God, now and forever.
R. Amen.

Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving
O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the unutterable heavenly praise with which the Most Holy Trinity extols itself and which thence flows upon Thy Sacred Humanity, upon Mary, upon all the angels and saints, I praise, glorify and bless Thee for all the graces and privileges Thou hast bestowed upon Thy chosen apostle and intimate friend, Jude Thaddeus; I pray Thee for the sake of his merits; grant me Thy grace, and through his intercession come to my aid in all my needs, but especially at the hour of my death deign to strengthen me against the rage of my enemies. Amen.

St. Jude, Model of Humility, Mirror of Patience, Lily of Chastity, Flame of Divine Love, intercede for us!

St. Jude, Comfort of the Sorrowing, Refuge of Sinners, Helper of the Distressed, Special Patron in Hopeless Cases, intercede for us!