Most Blessed Saint Jude ~ The Patron Saint of Desperate Cases and Lost Causes
There are a number of Novenas to Blessed Saint Jude, and within those Novenas, a number of ways to say them ~ those of which I will list here.
I was raised Catholic, though my spirituality now is a rather eclectic mix. I still pray novenas the way I learned, such as: pray the novena 9 times consecutively with each followed by 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary” and 1 “Glory Be” each day, prayed for 9 consecutive days. The praying of 9 times per day in one sitting for 9 days stems from the 9 days the Apostles prayed together during the time between Jesus’ Ascension and the Pentecost.
Please note, however, that there are not any hard and fast rules and how you pray a novena is really up to you. Some people pray the novena for 9 hours a day, praying the novena once time each hour for for 9 hours. Some split their prayers into a morning session and evening session. Some novenas call for a short prayer to be said once a day for 9 days. Some novenas are 3 or 5 day novenas. Some people burn a 9 day candle (me) some don’t. As you become familiar with the saint to which you are praying and establish that relationship, you will find what is comfortable to you both 🙂
At the end of your novena, it is customary to publicly thank your Saint for their help and guidance. This is particularly true for Saint Jude. Before the Internet, people used to take out a “Thank You” notice in the paper, which some still do. In this day and age of the Internet though, there are many sites (this being one) wherein you may publicly extend your thanks. Spreading the love far and wide via social media, such as Facebook and Twitter are also great ways to send one’s thanks.
Without further ado~
A traditional Novena to Saint Jude said 9 times a day consecutively for 9 days:
Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.
Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly –
(make your request here)
– and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen
(Add one “Our Father”, one “Hail Mary” and one “Glory Be” after each recitation)
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