Friday, September 30, 2022

St Jude Thaddaeus, Apostle – Feast Day – October 28

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.

We celebrate his feast day together with St Simon the Zealot, Apostle on October 28 every year in the Catholic Church.

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
  • Hospitals
  • Florida
  • Cotta
  • Clube de Regatas do Flamengo from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Armenia
St Jude Thaddaeus, Apostle Biography
St Jude Thaddaeus, Apostle - Feast Day - October 28
St Jude Thaddaeus, Apostle – Feast Day – October 28
Date of Birth 1st-century AD
Place of Birth Galilee, Israel
Profession Apostle of Jesus
Place of Death Armenia
Feast Day October 28
Canonization Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of
  • Desperate situations
  • Lost causes
  • Hopeless causes
  • Trece Martires, Cavite, Philippines
  • The Chicago Police Department
  • Sinajana in Guam
  • Sibalom, Antique, Philippines
  • Lucena, Quezon, Philippines
  • Hospitals
  • Hospital workers
  • The Diocese of Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
  • Cotta Clube de Regatas do Flamengo from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Armenia

St Jude Thaddaeus Life History

St Jude’s father was Alpheus and was the brother of St Joseph, while his mother, Mary Cleophas, was a cousin of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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 fron Judas to Jude in the English and French translations. In most of the other languages, St Jude is still refered 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

Death

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.

Relics

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

We celebrate his feast day together with St Simon the Zealot, Apostle on October 28 every year in the Catholic Church.

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