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I’ve known St. Jude Thaddeus since I was a child, but, I have not invoked his help for many years because, to be honest, he said NO.
He didn’t say it directly to me. However, the things for which I was parying were never granted, until the other day.
Our Church has a bookstore. I wandered in, after Mass last Sunday, and I saw that there were holy cards. I saw St. Jude’s holy card with the novena prayer. I thought, “Well, let’s give this a try.” One of my children had hit a rough spot in life, and I thought that, maybe, St. Jude might help. He was one of Jesus’ Apostles, after all. Maybe, this time?
That night, I began the novena. On the third day of it, things began to happen. Things that really shouldn’t have happened, but through the intercession of St. Jude, that which we thought was not going to happen, never in a million years, did. (Thank you, St. Jude!) By the end of the novena, the bump in the road which seemed like a mountain earlier was down to smooth pavement. St. Jude did more than we even dreamed he would!
Today, I’m saying his novena in one day. I will pray the novena prayer each hour for nine hours. Tomorrow, we need his help. So, if you would like to invoke his help and patronage, please do. Here’s the novena prayer.
Novena to Saint Jude:
Saint Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of difficult and desperate cases. Pray for me who am so miserable. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded to you to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly — (here make your request) — and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout all eternity.
I promise you, O blessed SAINT JUDE, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron and do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.
Saint Jude, pray for us and for all who honor you and invoke your aid.
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, 3 times.)