St. Jude the Apostle

St. Jude was born into a Jewish family in Paneas, a town in the Galilee portion of ancient Palestine, the same region in which Jesus grew up.

st_judeHe was described by St. Matthew as being one of the 'brethren' of Jesus, which indicated he was of the same bloodline as Jesus. St. Jude's mother, Mary, was a cousin of Jesus' mother Mary. St Jude's father, Cleophas, was the brother of St. Joseph. His name, Jude, means "giver of joy," while Thaddeus means "generous and kind."

St. Jude was married with at least one child. Reference has been made to his grandchildren. St. Jude was called to be one of the Twelve Apostles, and he began to preach the Good News of Jesus throughout Galilee, Samaria, and Judea. He then went to Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) and became the leader of the Church in the East, which St. Thomas had established.

St. Jude was credited with helping the early creation of the Armenian Church, and other places beyond the borders of the Roman Empire. His inspirational support to the early believers and their struggles led him to become the patron saint of desperate cases.

St. Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand or close to his chest. This idea came from a story in which the King of Edessa asked Jesus to cure him of leprosy. The King sent an artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus. Impressed with the King's great faith, Jesus pressed his face into a cloth and gave it to St. Jude to take to the King. Upon seeing Jesus' image, the King was cured and he was converted to Christianity. St. Jude has proven to be a true friend and beacon of hope to those who call on him.

Take time to call him, pray to him, and ask him to help no matter how desperate the need. Let Jt. Jude, our Patron Saint, be your friend.