Saint Jude Thaddeus He was, according to various New Testament texts, one of the disciples of Jesus of Nazareth, who was part of the group of the twelve apostles.
However, he is only named once, in the Gospel of John, where a request he makes of Jesus during the Last Supper is mentioned.
However, this saint enjoys great popularity among Catholics, as he is considered as "The pattern of difficult causes" or many times impossible, to which various miracles are attributed, especially those related to curing illnesses or achieving complex plans and projects.
His faithful assure him that he has a miraculous power to solve all problems.
San Judas Tadeo is asked for favors such as:
- get a job and attract abundance
- buy a house or get a good
- solve love or marriage crises
- get rid of economic slumps
- get out of a legal problem well
- healing of the sick
According to the Eastern tradition, Judas Thaddeus would have died in Beirut de Edessa in Lebanon, while for the Western tradition he evangelized Mesopotamia and later met with Simon the Canaanite.
They were martyred in Suamir (Persia), approximately in the year 62 of our era.
- In the catholic church, this saint is venerated on October 28, and it is one of the most popular festivities mainly in Central and Latin American countries.
We invoke the Saint with this novena in difficult times
The novena to San Judas Tadeo, includes prayers for days to ask the saint for his help in impossible, difficult and desperate cases.
Now, in the midst of a pandemic that is sweeping the world, many are the faithful who pray this novena in order to ask the saint to end this difficult situation.
This novena must be said with great faith and trust that he will hear our prayers, the prayers to the saint are samples of love and devotion towards his figure.
- In the novena to Saint Jude every day the final prayer is made to conclude the prayer to the Saint, and we can light a candle as an offering.
Names of the prayers for each day in the novena to Saint Jude:
- Novena Day 1 - Vocation of Saint Jude
- Day 2 - Love of San Judas Tadeo
- Day 3 - Zeal of San Judas Tadeo
- Day 4 - Faith in San Judas Tadeo
- Day 5 - Fortress of San Judas Tadeo
- Day 6 - Humility of San Judas Tadeo
- Day 7 - Meekness of San Judas Tadeo
- Day 8 - Wisdom of Saint Jude Thaddeus
- Day 9 - Power of San Judas Tadeo
Ninth Day 1
He who follows me does not walk in darkness, says the Lord. These words are from Christ, with which he exhorts us to imitate his life and customs, if we want to be freed from the blindness of the heart and truly enlightened. (Imitation of Christ, Chapter I).
How promptly and generously St. Jude followed and imitated Jesus Christ can be deduced from his life entirely devoted to the service of Jesus, especially since he was called to be one of his twelve Apostles. He was always faithful to Christ, of whom he was a relative and one of his most zealous apostles, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching freely, without anyone forbidding it, about Our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts, Chapters XXVII, 31).
You too, oh Christian, have a vocation here on earth, even if it is not as a preacher of the Gospel and to extend the kingdom of God as the priest, missionary and religious in distant missions; But you are called to be a good Christian, to set a good example for your neighbor with your patience, humility, obedience and all the other Christian virtues.
Ninth Day 2
Blessed is he who knows what it is to love Jesus and despise himself for Jesus. It is convenient to leave one love for another love, because Jesus wants to be loved, He alone above all things.
The love of the creature is deceitful and changeable; the love of Jesus is faithful and constant. "Love and have as a friend the One who, although all forsake you, he will not forsake you, nor will he let you perish in the end" (Kempis, Lib. II, Cap. VII).
Great was the love of Saint Jude for Jesus, and he wanted the whole world to love him as he made him understand after the last supper when Our Lord told them (Gospel of Saint John, Chap. XIV, 21) “Whoever loves me, he will be loved by my Father; and I will love him, and I will manifest myself in him.”
Judas says, not Iscariot, but our Saint: "Lord, what cause is there for you to have manifested yourself clearly to us, and not to the world?"
Jesus replied thus: "Anyone who loves me will observe my doctrine, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make a mansion within him."
This great love of Saint Jude for Jesus is manifested in his letter when he tells us: "Keep constant in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ to attain eternal life."
Ninth Day 3
True zeal is the clearest sign and natural result of love for Jesus Christ. For Jesus wants nothing like the glory of his Father and the salvation of souls.
Saint Jude manifested his love for Jesus and his great zeal for the salvation of souls, not only with the preaching of the Gospel to the most distant nations where for the love of Jesus Christ he gave his blood and his life, suffering glorious martyrdom in Persia; Instead, he wanted to leave us an eternal memory by telling us in his letter (17):
"You, however, my dear ones, remember the words that were spoken to you before by the apostles of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which told you that in the last times some impious people will come, who will follow their passions full of impiety.
These are the ones who separate themselves from the flock of Jesus Christ, sensual men, who do not have the spirit of God.”
Ninth Day 4
“Faith is required of you, and a straight life, says the Imitation of Christ (Lib. IV, Chap. XVIII), not elevated understanding, nor the deepening of the mysteries of God.
If you do not understand or reach the things that are below you, how will you understand the things that are above you? Subject yourself to God and humble your reason to faith.”
Saint Jude followed with fidelity and ardent faith the call to the painful life of the apostolate that his Holy Cousin Our Lord Jesus Christ made him and although he was such a close relative of Jesus Christ, he recognized him as his Master, Lord and Son of God, although made Man.
Preaching the faith and doctrine of Jesus Christ was his constant occupation since he was called to the apostolate, and for that same faith he gave his life. “You, dear ones,” he says in his letter, “arise as a spiritual building of most holy faith, pray in the Holy Spirit and remain constant in the love of God.”
Ninth Day 5
"If as strong men," says the Imitation of Christ (Lib. I, Chap. XI), "we tried to remain firm in combat, we would undoubtedly see the help of the Lord descend upon us from heaven."
For he who gives us opportunities to fight so that we may be victorious is ready to help those who fight, trusting in his grace.
Our Saint, Judas, as he calls himself and is called in the Acts of the Apostles, means confession, praise, that is, a man who confesses and announces the praises of the Lord, which requires courage and great strength.
Which virtue manifests in a special way in his letter, which, although one of the shortest in the New Testament, is admirable for its strong language against heretics; and exhorts the faithful to remain firm in the faith and doctrine they had received from the Lord's Apostles.
And with extraordinary fortitude he rebukes degenerate Christians, and calls them waterless clouds, carried here and there by the winds; autumnal trees, fruitless, twice dead, without roots, ignoring the threats of those impious, courageously condemning error and defending with great strength the doctrine of Christ, suffering a glorious martyrdom for defending it.
Let us ask this courageous Saint to give us that much-needed strength in these times of cowardice to confess, clearly, the holy doctrine of the Gospel.
Ninth Day 6
“God has brought down the mighty from their thrones,” exclaims Mary in her canticle of the Magnificat, “and exalted the humble; and because God has looked upon the humility of his handmaid, behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”
God protects and frees the humble, loves the humble and after his despondency, raises him to glory. “He discovers his secrets to the humble: he gently draws him to himself”, says Kempis (Lib. II, Chap. 2).
The deep humility of Saint Jude shines out in a very special way in his Letter, because instead of beginning it by calling himself a close relative of the Redeemer of the world Christ Jesus and Mary Queen of heaven and earth, he is entitled Judas, servant of Jesus Christ and brother of Santiago; For this reason, fulfilling the sentence of the Savior, that whoever humbles himself will be exalted, it is not surprising that Saint Jude shines in heaven as a star of the first magnitude along with the other apostles, and that on earth, by his profound humility, God has given him great power to quickly and effectively help the devotees who confidently and humbly invoke him.
Ninth Day 7
Daughter of humility is the meekness of Thaddeus.
Saint Jude, as such a humble apostle, could not help but closely imitate his Cousin and Master Jesus, who tells us: “Learn from me to be meek and humble of heart. Behold, I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him; And to the one who wants to make a lawsuit against you to take away your tunic, extend the cape to him as well. Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth."
All that doctrine of the Savior about the need we have to show ourselves meek and kind to our fellow men, was practiced by Saint Jude Thaddeus in a special way, not only in the kindness of his face, in the kindness of his eyes and words, in his joy. even in the greatest contempt and contradictions that he suffered for Jesus Christ, but shining like the sun in the presence of Agábaro, gladly admitting the prisons, and flattering the beasts that the magicians threw at him, for revenge of the victory that of them, with only the signal from the cross, he obtained.
Let us ask Saint Jude Thaddeus to be what his name means: sweet, merciful, kind, kind and meek so that after having possessed the land of hearts, promised by Our Lord to the meek, we may happily arrive at the promised land of the Glory.
Ninth Day 8
"Blessed is he who is taught by the truth itself, not by passing figures and words," says the Imitation of Christ.
What shall we say, then, of the wisdom of Saint Jude Thaddeus, since who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, illuminated him with the rays of his divine wisdom?
And the same name of Lebeo that is given to him in the Greek text of Saint Matthew, means, according to Saint Jerome, a man of wisdom and intelligence, which he demonstrated to heretics with strong epithets and similes, calling them wandering meteors that seem to dazzle the world for a few moments and then they end up in eternal darkness.
Ninth Day 9
Saint Mark says that the apostles of Jesus went and preached everywhere, cooperating with the Lord, and confirming his doctrine with the miracles that accompanied it.añain.
When Saint Jude Thaddeus preached the Gospel in the remote regions of Persia that had fallen to him, he converted countless people to the Faith, among them Agábarus, King of Edessa, cured by Saint Jude in body and soul, confusing the his enemies, magicians and impostors, removing the deadly poison from the snakes that could do no harm to our Saint, this miraculous power of Saint Jude seems that Our Lord has wanted in these times to make him revive, no doubt due to the oblivion in which the faithful they have had him because of his name, common with that of the Traitor of Jesus Christ.
Final prayers for each day
Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Let your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread and forgive our offenses as we also forgive those who offend us. Do not allow us to fall into temptation and deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, you are full of grace; the Lord is with you; blessed are you among all women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory to the Father, Glory to the Son and Glory to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, now and forever, for ever and ever. Amen.