About St. Jude Thaddaeus

While there is not a whole lot recorded about the life of St. Jude Thaddeus that we know, we are sharing some facts about this patron who many of us pray to when one of us has at some time or the other faced a problem to which there seemed no possible solution.

  • Jude is generally pictured in green and white clothing.

  • The gold medallion St. Jude is often wearing and holding contains an image of Jesus that signifies his relationship with The Lord and is related to a story of great miracles.

  • Jude became associated with desperate situations because of a letter he wrote to the Churches of the East. In it he says that the faithful must keep going even in harsh or difficult circumstances.

  • Ancient scriptural works tell us that it was St. Jude who asked Jesus at the Last Supper why He would not manifest Himself to the entire world after his resurrection.

  • Jude is believed to have written the book of Jude. Religious scholars say it contains some of the finest expressions of praise to God in the Bible’s New Testament.

  • Jude is often depicted showing a club or axe, symbolizing the way he died.

  • Sometimes, St. Jude is pictured with a flame above his head. This refers to the Pentecost, where he and the other Apostles received the Holy Spirit.

  • Many people carry the image of St Jude on a medal or as a pendant on a necklace to provide comfort.

  • St Jude is not to be confused with Judas Iscariot who was another of the 12 Apostles, but the one who betrayed Jesus.