Saint Jude is the brother of Saint James, the nephew of Joseph and Mary, and the cousin of Jesus Christ. After Jesus’ crucifixion, Saint Jude anointed his body. After the death of Christ, he went on to preach his cousin’s message in Mesopotamia, Syria, and Persia. When he was in Persia, he was martyred.
Since then, he is known as the patron saint of lost causes and hope. When people are lost for words, stuck in turmoil, and need hope to get them through a tough time, they turn to St. Jude for help. If you are lost in a maze of confusion, you should consider getting yourself a patron saint medal. Before you go and get yourself a saint, here is some information about Saint Jude that you should know:
- Saint Jude was one of the twelve apostles chosen to spread the teachings of the gospel.
- Saint Jude went by another name, Thaddaeus, which was surname for Labbaeus, meaning courage or heart.
- Religious scholars believe he is the writer of the book of Jude and praise the writing as one of the finest piece of work to express one’s love for God.
- Saint Jude became known for not giving up in dire situations when he wrote a letter to the Churches of the East, explaining that one must keep moving even in the most difficult and tough circumstances.
- Saint Jude was martyred in Beirut along with Saint Simon the Zealot somewhere around 65 AD. Artists have depicted him holding an axe or a club, as that was the way he was martyred.
- In other depictions of him, he is shown to have a flame over his head, referring to the Pentecost. This was where he, along with the other apostles, received the Holy Spirit.
- In many different publications, you will see people thanking Saint Jude for his help and support. They use patron saint medals to show their devotion.
- Devout followers of Saint Jude, carry with them patron saint medals, wearing it like a necklace so it always stays with them.
- Faversham, Kent is home to the Shrine of St. Jude. The church’s friars established it in the 1950s. It was established after several people reached out to them, asking for Saint Jude prayer cards. Even though the Shrine of St. Jude is visited all year around, it is frequented the most on October 28, also known as St. Jude feast day.
- Do not confuse Saint Jude with Judas Iscariot, as he was the one who betrayed Jesus’ trust.
Will you be wearing a Saint Jude patron medal or will choose from the several other patron saint medals available?