JUDE Thaddeus was a nephew of Mary and Joseph, and a cousin of our Lord. He was a brother of the Apostle James the Less.Prayer
His father was Cleophas, who died a martyr, and his mother's name was Mary. She stood beneath the Cross when Jesus died, and later came to anoint the body of Jesus.
In his boyhood and youth Jude must have known Jesus well. He left all to follow the Master.
Jude is sometimes pictured with an image of our Lord because he cured the King of Edessa from leprosy in the name of Jesus.
God gave Jude a special power. When he ordered the devils in pagan idols to leave, the images fell to the ground, broken into pieces.
Jude and Simon suffered martyrdom in Persia, where they were missionaries. Jude was beaten to death with a club. His relics are now honored in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. St. Jude is very popular as the patron of impossible cases.
O God, You made Your Name known to us through the Apostles. By the intercession of St. Jude, let Your Church continue to grow with an increased number of believers.
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