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Pray a Novena to the Patron Saint of Hope: St. Jude

Oct 19, 2016 By Gretchen Filz

St. Jude Thaddeus, cousin of Jesus and one of his Twelve Apostles, is the patron saint of hopeless, desperate situations and lost, impossible, or forgotten causes—and it is said that his novena prayed by the desperate has never been known to fail.

Those who come to him in faith in their time of need have always been given some sign, grace, answer, or consolation that their prayers were heard. In fact, the name "Jude" means "giver of joy," while "Thaddeus" means "generous" and "kind."

 

The National Shrine of St. Jude has a website dedicated to this saint in celebration of his faithfulness to those who come to him with their petitions. Thousands of people have posted their thanks in appreciation of St. Jude's intercession for their troubles.

The tradition of St. Jude being invoked by the hopeless, and thus becoming the patron saint of hope, was popularized due to the writings of St. Bridget of Sweden.

Jesus told St. Bridget in a vision,

“In accordance with his surname, Thaddeus, the amiable or loving, he will show himself most willing to give help.”

See also St. Bridget of Sweden’s Devotion to the 5480 Wounds of Christ

St. Jude shares a feast day with St. Simon the Apostle on October 28th. Although this novena (nine consecutive days of prayer for a particular intention) can be prayed successfully at any time, it is especially efficacious leading up to his feast from October 19 - October 27th.

St. Jude is also the patron saint of hospitals and hospital workers.

Have you ever received a special grace through the intercession of St. Jude? If so, please share with our readers in the comments below.

St. Jude Medal

NOVENA TO ST. JUDE

Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant

and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and

invokes you universally as the patron of hope.

Please intercede on my behalf. Make use of that

particular privilege given to you to bring

hope, comfort, and help where they are needed most.

Come to my assistance in this great

need that I may receive the consolation

and help of heaven as I work with my

challenges, particularly (here make your request).

I praise God with you and all the saints forever.

I promise, 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.

Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be...

Read next The 4 Patron Saints of Impossible Causes

Novena to St. Jude, patron saint of impossible causes and hopeless situationsThis article has been updated and was first published in October 2015. © The Catholic Company. All rights reserved.

Comments

St Jude st rapheal please intercede for me through Jesus to ask that I stop this dry irritating hacking cough I can't sleep from this persist cough I ask you so place your angelic hands on me and give me healing and deliverance from this persist cough in Jesus Christ mighty.Amen
AMGM says
Feb 8 2019 3:50AM
Dear Saint Jude,

I pray that I am able to buy food to feed my children, pay my bills & pay for car repairs.

I pray for financial relief, a financial miracle, a financial breakthrough, financial prosperity, & financial stability, my financial situation is extremely critical. I have been unemployed for sometime now & my resources have run out. I am a single parent of 2 teens w/ autism who has been struggling for a long time.

I pray that me & my children are lifted out of poverty & into better financial circumstances.

I pray to be able to return to school so that I may be able to provide a better life for my children.

I pray for strength to get through each & every day & persevere through all of the trials & tribulations & that my faith will strengthen as we experience these trials.

I pray that God will reveal Himself in my life.

I pray that God will give me His wisdom & guide me in every decision I make & action I take.

I pray that God will strengthen my obedience & I will do what I am commanded to do.

I pray that God will give me clarity in my life.

I pray that God will help me & my children find peace, joy, love, & happiness.

I pray for physical, emotional, & psychological healing for me & my children.

I pray that God will align my heart & my children’s hearts with His.

I pray that God will align the minds of me & my children with His.

I pray for protection for me & my children against Satan & all evil.

Amen
Momma2b says
Feb 2 2019 6:01PM
Dear St. Jude,

I pray that you intercede on my upcoming amniocentesis next week that the results come back normal and our baby is healthy. We have prayed for this child for over 3 years. I believe that God can make this miracle happen and trust in His plan. I pray you intercede on our behalf.

Thank you,

Lauren
liza says
Feb 1 2019 4:18AM
Please pray for my family's health and good future. I pray for our problems with BIR that they will not extort us with money. That you will enlighten the minds of the examiners not to abuse their authority and do what is right and just. enlighten their minds And help us St. Jude. Please help us and pray for us that this will be solved next week. In Jesus name Amen
Dennis says
Jan 24 2019 10:18PM
Please pray for my wife that she be judged with mercy, leniency and compassion.
John says
Jan 23 2019 4:36PM
St. Jude

I come to u in open arms.

I pray that u give me strength to provide

for my family buy any means nesasary

I pray to u to take all the negative energy aronuyme and family away

I pray to u for my kids to be successful each

and every way in school and out of school

I pray that we get a income tax this year

I pray for my wife may she make a positive change for the better

Please St.Jude come in to my life show me the ways of being successful at anything I do to provide I want better I want more open my eyes to let me see wats in front of I pray to u in the name of St. Jude

Amen
Oh! Dear Mother of God. Our Lady of Conception Aparcida. Oh! St Rita of Cascia and St Jude Worker of Miracles and impossible causes, pray for me. St Edwidges, the St of the needy and St Expedite, the St of Urgent causes, you know how desperate I feel. Please ask Jesus to help me( make request). Make the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored and glorified now and forever, Amen. Say the above prayer for 3 days with 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory be. Please St Jude intercede for A. Thank you. God Bless.
Donna says
Jan 19 2019 7:53PM
Thank you St. Jude for all your help this past year. It was a long, hard road but we made it with your help. There will still be tough times but I think the worse is behind us. St. Jude, please continue to pray for us in our new home.
Frank says
Jan 11 2019 8:54PM
St. Jude:

I’m in a health crisis with my eyes. I’ve had multiple eye surgeries and now have been told I have a detached retina. I beg for help in interceding with a morale with an upcoming surgery. I have asked for you help in the past, always for some one’s needs. This time, I am the one that needs the help. I have other problems, but God has alway given me the ability to to bear the cross. I would be forever in your debt to help in my deepest hours of need.

I also ask the you help all of the people here that have their own requests & also the people that are too timid to post their request.

May God Bless those you have the strength to even TRY to help someone else. They should be richly rewarded for their efforts.

Thank you, St. Jude.
Valerie says
Jan 2 2019 4:19AM
Dear Saint Jude,

I pray from the bottom of my empty broken heart for your help, my poor 4 yr old daughter was sexually molested by her father in front of my 5 yr old son. He has sinned and he has gotten away with it, no punishment for his sins he still causes pain and torture to my poor helpless babies. I'm such a great loving caring mother, they are truly my miracles sent from above, I was told I could not have children. Sadly my kids were Illegally taken from my arms dragged out of our home and given back to the monster, all cause he paid in money for that to happen. Please end this suffering and don't let my kids suffer anymore please bring them home to me they belong in my arms!! Been 3 long hurting sad depressed months without them, not sure I can go on any longer. Please I beg you saint jude to hear my prayer and help!!
St. Jude I pray for the following:

I pray that I am able to buy food to feed my children, pay my bills & pay for car repairs (brakes).

I pray for financial relief, I have been unemployed for sometime now and my resources have run out. I am a single parent of 2 teens w/ autism who has been struggling for a long time.

I pray for a financial miracle, a financial breakthrough, financial prosperity, and financial stability, my financial situation is extremely critical.

I pray that me & my children are lifted out of poverty and into better financial circumstances.

I pray to be able to return to school so that I may be able to provide a better life for my children.

I pray that God will take away the crippling anxiety, stress, deep depression, feelings of despair and hopelessness from me & my children.

I pray that God will take my problems, I am so overwhelmed with very serious problems I feel as though I am going to break and fall apart. I just want to cry each and every day.

I pray for strength to get through each and every day and persevere through all of the trials and tribulations.

I pray that me & my children may experience success in school and in life.

I pray that my ex-husband pays the child support/alimony he owes me for the past 3 years and begins to pay the full amount of court ordered child support/alimony each month.

I pray for God’s blessings and guidance in every decision I make and action I take.

I pray that me & my children are blessed with peace, joy, love, and happiness.

I pray for physical healing for me & both my children.

I pray that my son & daughter love each other, take care of each other, get along w/ each other & support each other.

I pray for protection for me & my children against Satan and all evil.

I pray that our faith strengthens as we experience these trials.

Thank you St. Jude
I prayed this prayer for my oldest son to find his way after high school graduation. He was not going to college and basically drifting. Now 8 months later, he is in one of the best trade unions in the country with a very promising career ahead of him. Thank you catholic company, God and of course St Jude
Elizabeth Maldonado says
Dec 28 2018 10:13AM
Saint Jude please urgency that missing brother that step father kidnapped will appear, that he call us or receive any news. Haste to help me find him saint jude. O give you thanks advance. Hear me. Amen
Marian says
Dec 25 2018 1:10PM
St Jude Thaddeus I prayed the 3 day prayer for Urgent Financial Help I have pray this prayer for several times ask ing you to pleased bless! me with this favor I ask for your help so that I can pay my past due credited card,storage,loan,rent,I loss my job 2 weeks today. I am you to bless me financial until I find another job and I ask for John to repair my car I need it now he have had it for 9 mths or bless with a blessing
Angela Worrell says
Dec 17 2018 11:02PM
In the 80's I prayed to a St. Jude novena and got my green card very quickly after waiting unsuccessfully for 6 years.
Joyce Dileo says
Dec 10 2018 5:26PM
On Oct. 19th, I made a 9 day Novena to his Feast day on Oct 29. I also light a candle every day. My oldest son 54 yrs. was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer on Sept. 17th , a CT Scan done just last week , results today all results are very promising & is great news to all of this family. We have prayed to St Jude and have said rosary every day every day Blessed Mother Mary & Jesus . Prayer works!!!??????
JDsy says
Dec 5 2018 11:07PM
Dear St.Jude, I ask for your help to pray for Vivek that he may be able to conquer his alcohol addictions and make peace with his past life, that he may find happiness and experience real peace in his life. I pray that if it is God's will that he will find his way back to me too and peace to accept it if it isn't.
AMGM says
Dec 5 2018 8:08AM
St. Jude I pray for the following:

I pray that I am able to buy food to feed my children, pay my bills & pay for car repairs (brakes).

I pray for financial relief, I have been unemployed for sometime now and my resources have run out. I am a single parent of 2 teens w/ autism who has been struggling for a long time.

I pray for a financial miracle, a financial breakthrough, financial prosperity, and financial stability, my financial situation is extremely critical.

I pray that me & my children are lifted out of poverty and into better financial circumstances.

I pray to be able to return to school so that I may be able to provide a better life for my children.

I pray that you take away the crippling anxiety, stress, deep depression, feelings of despair and hopelessness from me & my children.

I pray that God will take my problems, I am so overwhelmed with very serious problems I feel as though I am going to break and fall apart. I just want to cry each and every day.

I pray for strength to get through each and every day and persevere through all of the trials and tribulations.

I pray that me & my children may experience success in school and in life.

I pray that my ex-husband pays the child support/alimony he owes me for the past 3 years and begins to pay the full amount of court ordered child support/alimony each month.

I pray for God’s blessings and guidance in every decision I make and action I take.

I pray that me & my children are blessed with peace, joy, love, and happiness.

I pray for physical healing for me & both my children.

I pray that my son & daughter love each other, take care of each other, get along w/ each other & support each other.

I pray for protection for me & my children against Satan and all evil.

I pray that our faith strengthens as we experience these trials.

Thank you St. Jude
Janice says
Nov 30 2018 4:11PM
Dear At Jude holy patron friend of Jesus , please pray for my situation, I was supposed to move to a new home which after many difficult years . It may not happen now due to legal issues. Also the council have put my rent up while I was saving for repairs to the new home. I entrust St Jude with this delemour may he find a solution, as he is known to be the Saint of desperate , unattainable situations .God Bless
Christine says
Nov 29 2018 1:42AM
St Jude Patron of the impossible I come before you to pray for Joshua and his family in this very urgent time. Wake him up from his coma and let him live!! He’s so young and didn’t deserve this. I do not know him but I have a nagging feeling to pray for a miraculous recovery. I beg of you to heal him. Amen
Tweety says
Nov 26 2018 2:24PM
Dear st Jude holy patron friend of Jesus please pray that Fred finds his own place or moves in with his daughter or somewhere else and that all the sneaky stuff he doing that police catches him he too old to be doing foolish things just make him stop being disrespectful towards my mother please make him just pack up and move on .Amen make him apologize to her for years of disrespectful and for being a snake and not obeying her rules
AMGM says
Nov 22 2018 8:38AM
St. Jude I pray for the following:

I pray that I am able to feed my children and pay my bills.

I pray that God will take my problems, I am so overwhelmed with very serious problems I feel as though I am going to break and fall apart.

I pray for strength to get through each and every day and persevere through all of the trials and tribulations.

I pray for financial relief, I have been unemployed for sometime now and my resources have run out. I am a single parent who has been struggling for a long time.

I pray for a financial breakthrough, financial prosperity, and a financial miracle, my financial situation is critical.

I pray that me & my children are lifted out of poverty and into better circumstances.

I pray to be able to return to school so that I may be able to provide a better life for my children.

I pray that you take away the crippling anxiety, stress, deep depression, feelings of despair and hopelessness from me & my children.

I pray that me & my children may experience success in life.

I pray that my ex-husband pays the back owed child support/alimony and begins to pay the full amount of child support and alimony each month.

I pray for God’s blessings and guidance in every decision I make and action I take.

I pray that me & my children are blessed with peace, joy, love, and happiness.

I pray for physical healing for me & both my children.

I pray for protection for me & my children against Satan and all evil.

Amen

Thank you St. Jude
Meme says
Nov 21 2018 7:54AM
Dear st .Jude most holy apostle,st.st.Philomena,st .rita,st.Mary holy mother of god,st.Michael ,blessed john licci and st.Agrippina please intercede on my behalf to pray for a child name jayceon who has a knot on back of his head said its sore father in heaven for whatever reason its the heal and deliver him from it take out the sore touch the back of his head softly take it all away if there is a blood clot destroy it in Jesus name in his mighty name remove the knot make it to be there no more. Heal his body from anemia,asmatha,chronic upper respiratory infections sinusitis and help him recognize his ABCs and know numbers when he see them in my lord and savior Christ name.Amen
Hurting says
Nov 6 2018 11:36AM
Dear st Jude ,st Rita, st Ann, st Mary holy mother of god, st Michael ,st peregrine ,and st Alphonsus's please pray for healing and deliverance for my mother who suffers deep joint pain from osteoarthritis in her right knee I ask that you take the pain away I command every ache ,pain and stiffness to be destroyed in Jesus name remove paralysis from her leg and knees now I destroyed the enemy power to cause torment and suffering let loose of her leg now in his almighty name .Heal my father from his rheumatoid arthritis from his body stop him from smoking ,heal his lung so he may be breathe better and restore his heart to function properly if his has any fluid inside of him take it cure him of high blood pressure make him have goof health improve his strength and vigor in Jesus name destroy his addiction to smoking cigarette's give him a financial blessing Jesus I command all generational curses to be broken every altars with his names and other family members name destroy in now with fiery fire from heaven every sickness every diseases torment loved lift the curses to be broken destroy every arthritis, every cancer cells dwelling in their body,any bacterial or viral infection ,cellulitus,high blood pressure, diabetes, ADHD,brain problem,blood clots,austism, learning disabilities, obesity,hyperactive behavior,inflammation ,hair thinning,financial problems destroy in his almighty name send them back to the pits of hell in Jesus name st Michael defend us in time of battle slay the enemy for Jesus is our savior he shall heal and give deliverance to all suffering..Amen
Dear st Jude patron of impossible I need you to intercede for for my most urgents needs please pray for my nephew for his nasal polyps to be removed he can barely breathe right take and clear his nasal passage so he can breathe through his nose better clear his sinuses and stop inflammation and infection and calm down his hyperactive behavior and listen when someone's tell h something touch his head and make brain function properly may he be more advanced in learning and pronounce words better and clearer andake him start growing and have healthy bones stop the aches in his legs make both of his parents stop treating him badly and not showing love treating their other treating better make my nephew know how to fight to defend him self and to his brother to stop fighting him and not sharing in Jesus name please heal him from the many afflictions inside of this child of god place your healing touch on him and deliver him .and to make my mom cellulitus wound to heal and close up make the wound disappear for ever never to return and skin turn back normal and heal her severely dry skin make have skin healthy and very moisturized that she has no more itching In Jesus name it shall be removed ,restored,and delivered. Amen

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at GetFed.com, she is also editor of the MorningOffering.com daily devotional email and author at GoodCatholic.com. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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