St Jude was also known as Thaddaeus and was one of the twelve chosen apostles of Jesus as written in the New Testament. He was the brother of Saint James the Lesser, and a relative of Jesus Christ.
He is often depicted in art with a club and also a flame around his head, which represents his presence at Pentecost when he accepted the Holy Spirit alongside the other apostles. Another attribute is St. Jude holding an image of Christ, in the Image of Edessa.
St Jude is the Patron Saint of
- Desperate situations
- Lost causes
- Trece Martires, Cavite, Philippines
- The Chicago Police Department
- St. Petersburg
- Sinajana in Guam
- Sibalom, Antique, Philippines
- Lucena, Quezon, Philippines
- Clube de Regatas do Flamengo from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|St Jude Thaddaeus, Apostle Biography|
|Date of Birth||1st-century AD|
|Place of Birth||Galilee, Israel|
|Profession||Apostle of Jesus|
|Place of Death||Armenia|
|Feast Day||October 28|
|Patron Saint of||
St Jude Thaddaeus Life History
When the Eleven apostles left Jerusalem to proclaim the Kingdom of God to the rest of the world, Jude Thaddeus preached from Galilee, Judea, Samaria, Libya, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, Beirut, Edessa, Armenia, and Persia.
It is said that St Jude met Simon the Zealot, in Persia where they preached the Gospel of Christ and converted tens of thousands of people to Christ. Consequently, they attracted enemies in equal measure.
St Jude is the author of the epistle (letter) of Jude in the New Testament in the Holy Bible. He wrote it to the Jewish converts in the Churches of the East who were being bombarded by heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites, and Gnostics.
In this letter, he reiterates and endears the faithful to persevere when they find themselves in harsh and difficult circumstances just as their forefathers had done before them.
For this reason, he is invoked as the patron saint of desperate situations, lost causes, impossible causes, and forgotten causes.
During the last supper, in John 14:22, it is St Jude who asked Jesus why He would not manifest Himself to the whole world after His resurrection.
St Jude is not to be confused with Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus. Both of them were called Judas but to distinguish one from the other, St Jude’s name was shortened from Judas to Jude in the English and French translations. In most of the other languages, St Jude is still referred to as Judas.
In the Gospel’s of Matthew 10:3 and Mark 3:18, The name “Thaddeus” appears instead of Jude. This is believed to have been the case because early Christians used “Thaddeus” as his nickname to distinguish him from Judas who had betrayed Jesus.
St Jude is mentioned several times in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.
Mentioned during the Mission of the Twelve
16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.Luke 6:16
The First Community in Jerusalem
13 When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.Acts 1:13
22 Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, [then] what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”John 14:22
1 Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ.Jude 1:1
It is believed that St Jude died as a martyr in Armenia which was part of Persia. He was beaten to death with a club, then beheaded post-mortem.
After his death, St Jude’s remains were taken to Rome and preserved in a crypt inside St. Peter’s Basilica. He shares his tomb together with Apostle Simon the Zealot.
St Jude Feast Day
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