NOVENA TO ST. JUDE (LONG
Begin by reciting the prayer: St. 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 hopeless cases, and of
things despaired of. Pray for me who am so distressed. Make use,
I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded 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 succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings,
particularly.... (Make your request here.) and that I may bless
God with you and all the elect throughout eternity. St. Jude, apostle,
martyr, and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary, and of Joseph,
intercede for us! Amen.
Recite the appropriate prayer for each of the 9
days. DAY ONE O blessed apostle St. Jude,
who labored zealously among the Gentiles in many lands, and performed
numerous miracles in needy and despairing cases, we invoke you to
take special interest in us and our needs. We feel that you understand
us in a particular way. Hear our prayers and our petitions and plead
for us in all our necessities especially... (Make your request here.)
May we be patient in learning God’s holy will and courageous
in carrying it out. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us! My Jesus, mercy!
DAY TWO O blessed apostle Jude, who has
been instrumental in gathering us here together this day, grant
that we may always serve Jesus Christ as he deserves to be served,
giving of our best efforts in living as he wishes us to live. May
we dispose our hearts and minds that God will always be inclined
to listen to our prayers and petitions, especially those petitions
which we entrust to your care and for which we as you to plead for
us... (Make your request here.) Grant that we may be enlightened
as to what is best for us, in the present and future, not forgetting
the blessings we have received in the past. Amen. St. Jude, pray
for us! My Jesus, mercy! DAY THREE O
holy St. Jude, apostle of Jesus Christ, you who have so faithfully
and devotedly helped to spread his Gospel of Light, we who are gathered
together today in your honor, ask and petition you to remember us
and our needs. Especially do we pray for... (Make your request here.)
May it also please our Lord to lend an ear to your supplications
in our behalf. Grant that we may ever pray with fervor and devotion,
resigning ourselves humbly to the divine will, seeing God’s
purpose in all our trials and knowing that he will leave no sincere
prayer unanswered in some way. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us! My Jesus,
mercy! DAY FOUR Saint blessed Jude, you
were called to be one of Christ’s chosen apostles and labored
to bring men to a knowledge and love of God; listen with compassion
to those gathered together to honor you and ask; your intercession.
In this troubled world of ours we have many trials, difficulties,
and temptations. Plead for us in the heavenly court, asking that
our petitions may be answered, especially the particular one we
have in mind at this moment... (Make your request here.) May it
please God to answer our prayers in the way that he knows best,
giving us grace to see his purpose in all things. Amen. St. Jude,
pray for us! My Jesus, mercy! DAY FIVE
O holy St. Jude, apostle and companion of Christ Jesus, you have
shown us by example how to lead a life of zeal and devotion. We
humbly entreat you today to hear our prayers and petitions. Especially
do we ask you to obtain for us the following favor... (Make your
request here.) Grant that in praying for present and future favors
we may not forget the innumerable ones granted in the past but often
return to give thanks. Humbly we resign ourselves to God’s
holy will, knowing that he alone knows what is best for us especially
in our present needs and necessities. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us!
My Jesus, mercy! DAY SIX St. Jude, apostle
of Christ and helper in despairing cases, hear the prayers and petitions
of those who are gathered together in your honor. In all our needs
and desires may we only seek what is pleasing to God and what is
best for our salvation. These, our petitions... (Make your request
here.) we submit to you, asking you to obtain them for us, if they
are for the good of out souls. We are resigned to God’s holy
will in all things, knowing that he will leave no sincere prayer
unanswered in some way though it may be in a way unexpected by us.
Amen. St. Jude, pray for us! My Jesus, mercy! DAY SEVEN
O holy apostle Saint Jude, in whose honor we are gathered today,
may we never forget that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ chose
you to be one of twelve apostles. Because of this and of the martyrdom
you suffered for the Faith, we know you are a close friend of Almighty
God. Therefore we do not hesitate to petition you in our necessities,
especially... (Make your request here.) We humbly submit ourselves
to the will of God, knowing full well that no sincere prayer is
ever left unanswered. May we see God’s good and gracious purpose
working in all our trials. Amen. St. Jude, pray for us! My Jesus,
mercy! DAY EIGHT O holy Saint Jude, apostle
of Christ, pray that we may ever imitate the Divine Master and live
according to His will. May we cooperate with the grace of God and
ever remain pleasing in His sight. Especially do we ask you to plead
for us and obtain whatsoever is necessary for our salvation. Forget
not our special petitions... (Make your request here.) May we always
be thankful to God for the blessings we have received in the past.
Whatsoever we ask for the present or future, we submit to the divine
will, realizing that God knows best what is good for us. We know
He will respond to our prayers and petitions in one way or another.
Amen. St. Jude, pray for us! My Jesus, mercy! DAY NINE
O holy Saint Jude, apostle and martyr, grant that we may so dispose
our lives that we may always be pleasing to God.
In working out our salvation in this life we have
many needs and necessities. Today we turn to you, asking you to
intercede for us and obtain for us the favors we ask of God. Especially
do we petition for... (Make your request here.) May we not so much
seek temporal good but rather what will avail our souls, knowing
that it will profit us nothing if we gain the whole world yet suffer
the loss of our soul. Therefore, may we incline ourselves toward
the divine will, seeing God’s good and gracious purpose in
all our trials. Amen. St. Jude, pray for
us! My Jesus, mercy!
OF THE SAINTS
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA
St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL
Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI
Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI
Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.
St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI
St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.
ST. ANDREW FOURNET
St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.
St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER
Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.
St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON
St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.
ST. JOHN I
St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.
ST. CELESTINE V
Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA
St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD
Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.
ST. RITA OF CASCIA
St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI
St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND
St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.
Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.
ST. PHILIP NERI
St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.
BLESSED MARGARET POLE
Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.
St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.
ST. JOAN OF ARC
St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.
THE VISITATION OF MARY
Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?