Commonly known as St. Jude Thaddeus, or Judas Thaddeus (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot), he was one of the 12 original disciples that followed Jesus.
St. Jude was the brother of St. James the Less, and cousin to Jesus Christ. He was the son of Clopas, and his mother Mary was cousin to the Virgin Mary.
Although there is speculation on the date he was born, he was born in Galilee, Judea in 1st century A.D. and was martyred October 28, 70 A.D. in Persia (now Iran). His feast day is celebrated on October 28.
St. Jude is the patron of lost causes or impossible situations. He is often depicted with the tongue of flame to his presence at Pentecost. His symbol is usually an axe (representing the way he died) or a ship (representing that he went on missionaries around the world)
Holy St. Jude Thaddeus, please pray for me and ask God to help me in my time of trouble. Ask the Lord to fill me with grace as I accept this challenge and with your help, allow me to recognize that I am not alone. Thank you, St. Jude for the hope that you promise during this difficult situation. Thank you, St. Jude, pray for me to the Lord our God.