Monday, October 14, 2013

Starting Sunday, October 20: Novena To Saint Jude

On Sunday, October 20, 2013 I will be praying a Novena To Saint Jude the Apostle, which will end on the feast day of Saint Jude and Saint Simon, on October 28.

Saint Jude is the patron of lost or desperate causes, and several reasons are given for this patronage. The first, is that early Christians often confused him with the traitor Judas, and as a result of the confusion between the names, never prayed to him, and devotion to him became something of a lost cause. The second comes from his Epistle where he stressed that the faithful should persevere in the harsh and desperate environment faced by Christians in those times. You can read more about Saint Jude in a post I made several years ago here.

Certainly all of us have faced or are facing desperate events in our lives, and many are facing desperate situations, be it of a personal nature, or a moral or political nature in our communities and nations.

During this novena the prayers for each day will be posted here on "Favorite Prayers and Scripture". Please join with me in praying this Novena to Saint Jude, Apostle, and relative of Joseph and Mary, and of Our Lord and Savior. You can go the comments area of this blog, and leave your intentions if you'd like.

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