Skip to comments.About Saint Jude: Apostle, October 28 [Catholic Caucus]
Posted on 10/27/2010 10:23:49 PM PDT by Salvation
After the death and resurrection of Jesus, Saint Jude, the brother of James the Less and a cousin of Christ, traveled throughout Mesopotamia for a period of ten years preaching and converting many to Christianity.
He died a martyr's death as tradition tells us he was clubbed to death and his head was then shattered with a broad ax. Sometime after his death, Jude's body was brought to Rome and placed in a crypt in Saint Peter's Basilica.
Few things tell more about a man than the way in which a man speaks of himself. Few things are more revealing than the titles by which a man wishes to be known. Saint Jude identifies himself in his epistle in two ways: (1) "Servant of Jesus Christ", (2) "Brother of James".
|Saint Jude regarded himself as having one goal,
one distinction in life,
and this was to be permanently committed
to the service of Jesus Christ.
This permanent commitment
ultimately rewarded Jude with the crown of martyrdom.
|When Jude introduces himself,
he also addresses himself
to his fellow Christians
who also are called, loved, and kept by Jesus Christ.
Now a person can be called to an office, a duty,
or a responsibility;
or he may be invited to a party or some festive occasion;
or as on other occasions
a person can be called to render a judgment on oneself.
So Jude tells us first
he is called to be an Apostle,
and how joyful this makes him,
even though he is ever mindful of the saying of Christ--
"To whom much is given, much is expected."
Jude is ready to render judgment of himself.
|Like Jude, every Christian
who is committed to Christ,
has a responsibility, accompanied by the joy of the call,
and must always be ready to meet judgment of himself
because of the talents that God gave him.
|As the knowledge of being loved by God grows
in the Christian,
Jude shows how the psychology of the Christian changes:
he no longer fears God.
Jude is quite conscious of this fact.
The manifestation of God's love
is made known in the merciful coming of the Saviour.
And the coming of the Lord taught Jude
that God is a Father
who desires that His children
associate with His life and share it intimately.
|In telling us that a Christian is one who is kept by Christ,
Jude implies that a Christian is never alone.
Christ is always watching over His own.
Jude teaches that the Lord protects us,
as each person encounters the drudgery, despair,
and disillusionment of daily life.
Jude seems to be telling us much about himself,
and every follower of Christ.
Jude reminds us that those who are called
--those dear to God, the Father--
are kept safe for Jesus Christ.
James, the Less, and Saint Jude were relatives of Our Lord.
For example, Lot is called "the brother of Abraham"
James the Less was the first Bishop of Jerusalem
Jude is known by three names.
The answer Our Lord gave to Jude was that
In the Greek text of Matthew, Jude is known as "Lebbeus,"
Later on Jude wrote an epistle
|From Jude, servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James; to those who are called, to those who are dear to God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ, wishing you all mercy and peace and love.
My dear friends, at a time when I was eagerly looking forward to writing to you about the salvation that we all share, I have been forced to write to you now and appeal to you to fight hard for the faith which has been once and for all entrusted to the saints. Certain people have infiltrated among you and they are the ones you had a warning about, in writing, long ago, when they were condemned for denying all religion, turning the grace of our God into immorality, and rejecting our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
I should like to remind you--though you have already learned it once and for all--how the Lord rescued the nation from Egypt, but afterward he still destroyed the men who did not trust him. Next let me remind you of the angels who had supreme authority but did not keep it and left their appointed sphere, he has kept them down in the dark, in spiritual chains, to be judged on the great day. The fornication of Sodom and Gomorrah and the other nearby towns was equally unnatural, and it is a warning to us that they are paying for their crimes in eternal fire.
Nevertheless, these people are doing the same. In their delusions they not only defile their bodies and disregard authority, but abuse the glorious angels as well. Not even the archangel Michael, when he engaged in argument with the devil about the corpse of Moses, dared to denounce him in the language of abuse; all he said was," Let the Lord correct you." But these people abuse anything they do not understand; and the only things they do understand--just by nature like unreasoning animals--will turn out to be fatal to them.
May they get what they deserve, because they have followed Cain; they have rushed to make the same mistake as Balaam and for the same reward; they have rebelled just as Korah did--and share the same fate. They are a dangerous obstacle to your community meals, coming for the food and quite shamelessly only looking after themselves. They are like clouds blown about by the winds and bringing no rain, or like barren trees which are then uprooted in the winter and so are twice dead, Iike wild sea waves capped with shame as if with foam; or like shooting stars bound for an eternity of black darkness. It was with them in mind that Enoch, the seventh patriarch from Adam made his prophecy when he said, "I tell you, the Lord will come with his saints in their tens of thousands, to pronounce judgment on all mankind and to sentence the wicked for all the wicked things they have done, and for all the defiant things said against him by irreligious sinners." They are mischief makers, grumblers governed only by their own desires, with mouths full of boastful talk, ready with flattery for other people when they see some advantage in it.
But remember, my dear friends, what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ told you to expect. "At the end of time," they told you "there are going to be people who sneer at religion and follow nothing but thelr own desires for wickedness." These unspiritual and selfish people are nothing but mischief makers.
But you, my dear friends, must use your most holy faith as your foundation and build on that, praying in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves within the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life. When there are some who have doubts, reassure them; when there are some to be saved from the fire, pull them out; but there are others to whom you must be kind with great caution, keeping your distance even from outside clothing which is contaminated by vice.
Glory be to him who can keep you from falling and bring you safe to his glorious presence, innocent and happy. To God, the only God, who saved us through Jesus Christ our Lord, be the glory, majesty, authority and power, which he had before time began, now and for ever. Amen.
Vatican Council II directed that all devotions to the Blessed Mother and the Saints should bring the faithful to a deeper appreciation of the Sacred Liturgy.
Down the long corridor of centuries the Saints have been traditionally honored in the Church. The Fathers of Vatican II reiterate this fact:
|Feast Day:||October 28|
|Major Shrine:||Saint Peter's, Rome, Rheims, Toulouse, France|
|Patron of:||lost causes, desperate situations, hospitals|
The St. Jude Prayer
St. Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hopeless cases, and of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so distressed. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded you to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly, (mention your request) and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout eternity. St. Jude, apostle, martyr, and relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary, and of Joseph, intercede for us!
Needed to read that tonight.
St Jude is also patron Saint of policeman. I think if I remember right?
My wife recently made a novena to St. Jude and her prayer was a answered.
Thank you, St. Jude.
I believe it’s St. Michael the Archangel. Thanks for posting, Salvation. :)
The Apostle Jude was of the choir of the Twelve, and by Luke was called Jude, the brother of James the Brother of God (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13), and therefore also a kinsman of the Lord according to His humanity. But by Matthew (10:3), he is called Lebbaeus, surnamed Thaddaeus (he is not the Thaddaeus who healed the suffering of Abgar, as Eusebius says in his Eccl. Hist., 1:13; see Aug. 21). Saint Jude preached in Mesopotamia, Arabia, Idumea, and Syria, and, it is said, completed the path of his divine apostleship by martyrdom in Beirut in the year 80. Written after the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, his is the last of the Catholic (General) Epistles to the believing Jews in the Diaspora. His name (a variant of Judah) means “Praise.”
Apolytikion in the First Tone
We know thee as a kinsman of Christ and we laud thee with sacred hymns and songs as a most steadfast Martyr who trampled on error and who courageously kept the Faith. As we celebrate today thy holy remembrance, we receive forgiveness of our sins and transgressions, O Jude, through thy holy prayers.
Kontakion in the First Tone
Sprung from a noble root, thou art risen before us, a branch bestowed by God, ever feeding the whole world upon the fruits of thy words, O eyewitness of God the Lord, O thou brother of our God, and Christ’s all-wise herald, who hast taught the Lord’s pure Orthodox Faith to all men, initiate of His grace.
The Orthodox Church celebrates his feast on June 19th.
I just looked it up.
Saint Jude is patron saint of Chicago Police Force.Novena prayers to Jude helped people, especially newly-arrived immigrants from Europe, deal with the pressures caused by the Great Depression, World War II, and the changing workplace and family life.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Chicago's South Side was little more than 12 months old when a standing-room-only crowd of more than a thousand worshipers filled its pews and aisles for the conclusion of the first Solemn Novena to St. Jude ever held in the United States.
The date was Oct. 28, 1929, a day before the precipitous stock market crash that ushered in the Great Depression.
By year's end, the country's only National Shrine of St. Jude recognized by the Vatican had been officially established at Our Lady of Guadalupe through the efforts of its founder, Father James Tort, C.M.F., an energetic Claretian who served as pastor of the church and as a unifying force for good in the working-class community of South Chicago.
This year the shrine celebrates 75 years of devotion to St. Jude as a beacon of hope and solace for countless people devoted to the once "forgotten apostle" and relative of Christ--the saint now known worldwide as the patron of seemingly impossible or difficult cases.
Within a few months of that first novena, the St. Jude League was formed by Tort to raise funds for the parish as well as to support its diverse ministry to its community of Mexican immigrants. The devotion flourished immediately, drawing second-generation American Catholics from diverse ethnic groups to South Chicago to attend novenas led by well-known priests. The novenas not only sustained the faithful but also helped overcome the ethnic tensions that embroiled the area.
Devotion to St. Jude quickly gained national attention, and the Claretians soon began to adopt innovative ways to meet distant worshipers' needs. No longer would individuals have to be present at the shrine during the five Solemn Novenas each year. Since then, people who have sought the help of St. Jude have offered novena prayers in their own time and place by mailing their petitions to Chicago.
This concept of "pilgrimage by post" revolutionized American Catholic devotional life while it promoted St. Jude's influence throughout the nation. Today the St. Jude League provides a wealth of devotional materials to members, such as prayer booklets that can be sent to those in need of healing and comfort.
People send their petitions for prayers for the difficult situations in their lives and letters of thanksgiving for the comfort and solace St. Jude provides. St. Jude League Director Father John Molyneux, C.M.F. is struck by the steadfast hope of the faithful. "Devotees ask for prayers for their own personal hardships, but they are uniquely committed to praying for one another as a community of believers," he says. The issues Molyneux sees among league members range from personal illness to prayers for peace and an end to terrorism.
"There is something about St. Jude that captures the hearts of so many people, no matter what their status in life may be," says Claretian Father James Maloney, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
"Perhaps it is because, through their prayers seeking his intercession, they gain a sense of hope and confidence they can endure whatever troubles are pressing down on them."
A director of the St. Jude League for 30 years, Father Mark Brummel, C.M.F. has read and been inspired by countless petitions and letters of thanks to St. Jude that flow into the Claretian office. "The fascinating stories are the ones from a person who has gone through a real tragedy--the loss of a husband or child," he says. "They are helped in dealing with the situation through prayer."
Brummel says the changes in a person's life nurtured through devotion to St. Jude are not to be confused with faith healing. "It is not a charismatic type of devotion," he adds. "We don't have any crutches lying around the altar at the national shrine. It is much more of a silent, inner conversion."
Devotees of St. Jude acknowledge his intercession in all sorts of ways, including ads in newspaper classified sections. As a result, the image and legend of St. Jude have become part of popular culture and are featured in books, film, music, and art.
Claretian sponsorship of the devotion to St. Jude has attracted a wide variety of devotees, including the late television star Danny Thomas. In 1962 Thomas fulfilled a personal vow made to St. Jude by building the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. In both Chicago and in California, Thomas worked closely with the Claretian Missionaries to encourage devotion and support the Claretian missions to the forgotten, oppressed, and underprivileged throughout the world.
The devotion to St. Jude, and the early vision of Tort, paved the way for significant religious, social, and educational contributions that the Claretians continue to make today in more than 60 countries. Claretian ministries include inner-city parishes with large Hispanic enrollments; missions in Guatemala, Equatorial Guinea, Jamaica, and Mexico; work as chaplains to Catholic students at secular colleges and universities; and the worldwide publication of magazines, booklets, and newsletters.
In February 1932, Tort founded the police branch of the St. Jude League, and for many years the Claretians provided chaplains for Catholic members of the Chicago police force. Eventually, the branch included more than 4,000 Chicago-area law enforcement officers. The Chicago police still have a lasting affiliation with St. Jude.
"Tort was a little guy, but he could be very persuasive," recalls Claretian Father Pat McPolin, who served as associate pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe and chaplain of the St. Jude Police League. "He knew how to get things done, and he had a knack for business. He knew people and places. He was practical as could be. He was a down-to-earth Spanish Catalonian, but he was friendly and outgoing, and that's what made him such a beloved man."
Wanting to communicate St. Jude's message to a national audience, Tort started The Voice of St. Jude in 1935. By 1942, the monthly magazine reached 30,000 homes. Initially intended to spread devotion to St. Jude and information about the Claretian Missionaries, the magazine shifted its focus to educate St. Jude devotees about Catholic social teaching, liturgical reform, and public policy.
As with Tort's desire to have the best preachers available for the novenas, The Voice of St. Jude invited leading Catholic minds to share their perspectives on racial discrimination, juvenile delinquency, labor issues, and housing and urban problems.
The name of the magazine was changed to U.S. CATHOLIC in September 1963. Though it no longer focuses on the St. Jude devotion, U.S. CATHOLIC continues the Claretians' editorial policy of informing its readers about contemporary social issues.
"There is no doubt in my mind," Tort once said, "that St. Jude has brought blessings to all of us through our prayers to him, asking for his intercession to enable us to survive our sorrows and anxieties, to overcome unkind habits, or to give help to loved ones in trouble. For me, he has been a true comfort."
JOHN KUENSTER, author of How Saint Jude Came to Chicago (Claretian Publications, 2004).
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