History of St. Jude

St. Jude known as Thaddaeus, was a brother of St. James, and a relative of Jesus Christ. One of the Twelve Apostle of Jesus, it is written that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Sumaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia and Lybia. He is an author of an Epistle (letter) to the Churches of the East, particularly the Jewish converts, as well as the Heresies of the Simonians, Nicolaites and Gnostics. Jude was the apostle who asked Jesus at the Last Super why 'He' would not manifest 'Himself' to the whole world after His resurrection. Little else is known of his life. Legend claims that he visited Beirut and Edessa and was possibly martyred with St. Simon in Persia.

Jude is invoked in desperate situations because the New Testament letter stresses that the faithful should preserve in the environment of harsh, difficult circumstances, just as their forefathers had done before them. Therefore, he is the Patron Saint of Desperate Cases and His Feast Day is on October 28th. Saint Jude is not the same -person as Judas the Iscariot who betrayed Christ and despaired because of his great sin and lack of trust in God's mercy.

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