PATRON OF DESPERATE CASES AND LOST
among the twelve chosen by our Lord to be his closest
charged with bringing the faith to us throughout the
to you, the advocate of all despairing and hopeless
people who are desperate
to have their prayers answered.
you as the last resort for those
who seek to have their petition presented before the
throne of Our Majesty,
Christ Our King.
as the patron of Hopeless Causes, you give us assurance
and bright confidence
to conquer dark despair.
hear my fervent prayer
and the petitions of all those who feel
that they are "at the end of their rope,"
and near the end of their hope.
We all come to you, Jude,
in confidence and trust.
the death of Jesus, legend tells us that you always
wore a likeness
of Our Savior, and that you presented it
to the ailing King Abgar of Edessa,
whose health was restored when he venerated the holy
often wear the medal of Christ
as you did, seeking for ourselves favors
like that granted to the king.
good Jude, aid the many
who are desperate. Allay their anxieties,
and ask the Master, who chose you
to be close to His Sacred Heart,
to help your desperate petitioners
who are in agonized tribulation
my prayer comes to you in hope
with trust in Your love for Your servant, Jude, who
carried your image always
next to his heart.
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Donn B. Murphy 2012
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