Sunday, October 16, 2011

Prayer to St. Jude

I got a few emails asking for the prayer to St. Jude.
No problem.
Happy to share it.

Here's a bit of info about St. Jude.
It's good to know to whom you are talking.

                        Prayer to St. Jude

St. Jude, apostle of Christ,
the Church honors and prays to you universally
as the patron of hopeless and difficult cases.
Pray for us in our needs.

Make use, we implore you,
of this powerful privilege given to you
to bring visible and speedy help where help is needed.

Pray that we humbly accept
the trials and disappointments and mistakes
which are a part of our human nature.

Help us to see the reflection of the suffering of Christ
in the trials and tribulations of our own lives.
Let us see in a spirit of great faith and hope
the part we even now share in the joy of Christ's resurrection,
and which we long to share fully in heaven.

Intercede that we may again experience this joy 
in answer to our present needs
if it is God's desire for us.
(Here make your request.)
We know our prayers will be heard through your intercession.

It's usual to also say an Our Father, a Hail Mary and a Glory Be.
If you've heard of novenas, but aren't sure what that means, the 
prayers are said for nine consecutive days.
Some people also say them six or nine times a day.

Some people also add
I promise, O 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.

Miracles do happen, but sometimes, well, there is that line
if it is God's desire for us.
If it isn't, strength to bear the problem is a blessing, too.

The problem may be part of a bigger picture we can't see.
It may lead to a greater good than we can imagine.
It may even be a blessing in disguise.
How many times have we said, "Who knew?"

Not everybody can build a hospital, but saying thank you is just being polite.

                        Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you
for all the graces and favors which you have given us
through the prayers of your apostle, Jude Thaddeus.

Great apostle, St. Jude, we thank you
for your intercession in response to our prayers.
We will always be grateful to you.

Continue to intercede for our needs and in our difficulties.
Be with us particularly in the hour of death
that we may face that decisive moment with courage and serenity.

Wishing you miracles, strength, courage, serenity and wisdom.

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