Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
PRAYERS TO ST. JUDE THADDEUS
"Helper in Desperate Cases"
How to Obtain the Aid of St. Jude
One of the most powerful means to obtain the aid of St. Jude in special needs and distress, is to have the holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered in his honor. In great affliction, or to obtain a special favor, one may have a triduum or a novena of Masses (that is, a Holy Mass on three or on nine consecutive days, respectively) offered in honor of this holy Apostle, or assist at Holy Mass for such a number of days, imploring his help.
Holy Communion, Novena, Prayers
Make novenas in honor of St. Jude. Receive Holy Communion in his honor when you ask a favor, and again in gratitude when St. Jude obtains it for you. Also recite the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be to the Father, three times. Any of the prayers shown below may be used in a novena to St. Jude.
Choose nine Sundays to practice special devotion to St. Jude. Firm confidence in this Saint will be bountifully rewarded. God has ordained that He will grant the assistance of His grace to those who in desperate need and abandonment take refuge in St. Jude Thaddeus.
Advice in Grave Situations
To those who take refuge in St. Jude it will be of untold benefit if they give ample alms or perform some other work of mercy in his honor. Nothing gives us a surer pledge of the help of God and the intercession of the saints than works of mercy. Almsgiving in honor of St. Jude will incline this amiable Apostle to help you in your most hopeless and desperate needs and necessities.
O glorious Apostle, St. Jude Thaddeus, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I salute thee through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through this Heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon thee. Humbly prostrate before thee, I implore thee through this Heart to look down upon me with compassion. O, despise not my poor prayer; let not my trust be confounded! To thee God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases. O, come to my aid, that I may praise the mercies of God! All my life I will be grateful to thee and will be thy faithful servant until I can thank thee in heaven. Amen.
A Second Novena
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity, now and forever. Amen.
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O ever glorious and Blessed Virgin.
Glorious Apostle, martyr, and relative of Jesus, St. Jude Thaddeus, who didst spread the true Faith among the most barbarous and distant nations, who didst win to the obedience of Jesus Christ many tribes and peoples by the power of His holy word, grant, I beseech thee, that from this day I may renounce every sinful habit, that I may be preserved from all evil thoughts, that I may always obtain thy assistance, particularly in every danger and difficulty, and that I may safely reach the heavenly country, with thee to adore to adore the Most Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer in Great Trials and Tribulations
Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused thee to be forgotten by many, but the Church honors and invokes thee universally as the patron of hopeless cases, of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded thee of bringing visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to may assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of heaven in all my necessities (mention your request) and that I may bless God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity.
I promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor thee as my special and powerful patron and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to thee. Amen.
Prayer in Great Affliction
O St. Jude Thaddeus, thou relative of Jesus Christ, thou glorious Apostle and martyr, renowned for thy virtues and miracles, faithful and prompt intercessor of all who honor thee and trust in thee! Thou art a powerful patron and helper in grievous afflictions. I come to thee and entreat thee from the bottom of my heart, come to my aid with thy powerful intercession, for thou has received from God the privilege of assisting with thy manifest help those who almost despair. Look down upon me; my life is a life of crosses, my days are days of tribulation, and my heart is an ocean of bitterness. All my paths are strewn with thorns, and scarcely one moment passes but is witness of my tears and sighs. And withal, my soul is enveloped in darkness, disquietude, discouragement, mistrust, yes, sometimes even a kind of despair seems lost to my sight, and faith seems to falter in my heart. Overwhelmed by these thoughts, I see myself surrounded by a dark cloud. Thou canst not forsake me in this sad plight. I will not depart from thee until thou hast heard me. O hasten to my aid. I will honor thee as my special patron, I will thank God for the graces bestowed upon thee, and will propagate thy honor according to my power. Amen.
Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke thee!
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.
Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, three (3) times.
Prayer for the Sick
Almighty and Eternal God, the everlasting salvation of those who believe: hear us, for Thy sick, for whom we implore the aid of Thy tender mercy, that, being restored to bodily health, they may give thanks to Thee in Thy church, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May Jesus, the Son of Mary, the Lord and Redeemer of the world, through the merits and intercession of His holy Apostle Jude, and all His saints, show us favor and mercy. Amen. (mention your request)
Prayer for a Happy Death
O my Lord and Savior, support me in that hour in the strong arms of Thy Sacraments, and by the fresh fragrance of Thy Consolations. Let the absolving words be said over me and the holy oil sign and seal me and Thy own Body be my food and Thy Blood my sprinkling, and let my sweet mother, Mary, breathe on me and my angel whisper peace to me and my glorious Saints smile on me; that in them all and through them all, I may receive the gift of perseverance, and die, as I desire to live, in Thy faith, in Thy Church, in Thy service and in Thy love.
May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over, and our work is done! Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last!. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, in union with Thy Holy Mother Mary and all the Angels and Saints, I praise, glorify and bless Thee for all the graces and privileges Thou has bestowed upon Thy chosen Apostle and intimate friend, St. 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.
Prayer of St. Jude Thaddeus
O Glorious St. Jude Thaddeus, by those sublime privileges which so ennobled thee in thy lifetime: relationship according to the flesh with Our Lord Jesus Christ and the apostolate; by that glory, which, as the reward for thy labors and martyrdom, thou dost now enjoy in heaven; obtain for us from the Giver of every good all the graces we need to enable us to profit greatly by that divinely inspired doctrine which thou hast handed down to us in they Epistle: that is, to build the edifice of perfection upon the foundation of faith, praying through the grace of the Holy Spirit; to keep ourselves always in the love of God, looking for the mercy of Jesus Christ unto life everlasting; and to help by every available means those who go astray. Thus shall we exalt the glory, the majesty, the dominion, the authority, of Him, who is able to preserve us without sin and keep us without blemish and in gladness unto the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God, our Savior. Amen.
Prayer to St. Jude
O Glorious St. 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. Amen.
A Prayer To St. Jude For A Sick Child
St. Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the patron Saint of hopeless cases and things despaired of, pray for our child who is so sick and miserable. We implore you to make use of the special privilege accorded you to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired.
Please come to our assistance in this time of need, that I may receive the consolations of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly to help our child get better from his illness. Please give him good health and guide his path, that we may bless God with you and all the elect forever. I promise you, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor. I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron and to do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.
A Prayer To St. Jude
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 (mention request) 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.
A Prayer to St. Jude
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.