Quotes: Fr Leo Rock, S.J.

“When we convince ourselves that what we know is all there is to it, we close our minds to the element of mystery in all that is. We do this when we reduce ourselves or others to what we know, or think we know, about ourselves and others. We do this when we reduce God to what we know, or think we know, about God. The simple truth is there is more to us than we can ever know, more to life than we can ever know, infinitely more to God than we can ever know of God. Each time we have the courage and honesty to recognize and accept ‘I really don’t know,’ we open our minds to the mystery of all that is, a richness so vastly more than anything our minds can contain.”
Fr. Leo Rock, S.J. from Making Friends with Yourself: Christian Growth and Self-Acceptance

“Killing time. How do I kill time? Let me count the ways. By worrying about things over which I have no control. Like the past. Like the future. By harboring resentment and anger over hurts, real or imagined. By disdaining the ordinary, or rather, what I so mindlessly call ordinary. By concern over what’s in it for me rather than what’s in me for it. By failing to appreciate what is because of might-have-beens, should-have-beens, could-have-beens. These are some of the ways I kill time. Jesus did not kill time, He gave life to it. His own.”
Fr. Leo Rock, S.J.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF THE BLESSED TRINITY

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF THE BLESSED TRINITY

With all my heart I praise Thee, Most Holy Virgin, above all angels and saints in Paradise, Daughter of the Eternal Father, and I consecrate to Thee my soul with all its faculties. Hail Mary

With all my heart I praise Thee, Most Holy Virgin, above all angels and saints in Paradise, beloved Mother of the Son of God, and I consecrate to Thee my body with all its senses. Hail Mary

With all my heart I praise Thee, Most Holy Virgin, above all angels and saints in Paradise, beloved Spouse of the Holy Ghost, and I consecrate to Thee my heart with all its affections and beseech Thee to obtain for me from the Most Holy Trinity all the graces necessary for salvation. Hail Mary

PRACTICE: Recite, morning and evening, the Consecration and the Hail Mary (three times) in honour of the three great privileges of Mary, together with these invocations at the end of each Hail Mary:

By thy holy and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, make my body pure and my soul holy.

O Mary, my Mother, preserve me from all sin and danger throughout this day [or night].

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Oraciones a San Judas Tadeo

TRIDUO A SAN JUDAS TADEO

Señor mío Jesucristo, Dios y Hombre verdadero, Padre amoroso de nuestras almas, me pesa de todo corazón haber ofendido a vuestra bondad infinita, digna de ser infinitamente amada; pero detestando todas mis culpas y apartándome de todo lo que pueda ser causa de cometer ofensa contra Vos, propongo confesarlas y espero de vuestra piedad inmensa me habéis de restituir vuestra gracia; perdóname y sálvame por los méritos del precio infinito de vuestra preciosa sangre y por los de vuestro apóstol glorioso, San Judas Tadeo, y me ayudaréis a conseguir por su intercesión lo que no pueda mi debilidad. Amén.

ORACIÓN PARA TODOS LOS DÍAS

Apóstol Glorioso, San Judas Tadeo, por el tierno amor que profesaste a tu divino Maestro, por la docilidad con que anunciaste el Evangelio, por la fortaleza con que derramaste tu sangre y sacrificaste tu vida por Jesucristo, te pido me alcances con tu intercesión, aquellas gracias que han experimentado tus devotos y verme libre de todo peligro espiritual y temporal, por Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

Rezar tres veces el Padre Nuestro, Ave María, y Gloria al Padre.

San Judas Tadeo, socórreme en esta necesidad.

ORACIÓN PARA EL PRIMER DÍA

O fidelísimo Apóstol San Judas Tadeo, que dócil a los llamamientos de tu divino Maestro, nuestro amadísimo Salvador, supiste abandonarlo todo por seguirle; haz que a imitación tuya sepamos seguir las inspiraciones de la gracia con que tantas veces nos llama nuestro buen Dios y no las resistamos en adelante, para no exponernos al peligro de ser abandonados en la terrible hora de la muerte. Amén.

ORACIÓN PARA EL SEGUNDO DÍA

O obedientísimo Apóstol San Judas Tadeo, que oyendo las predicciones de tu Maestro divino, Jesús, supiste aprovechar de ellas haciendo que su palabra de ida germinara en tu corazón; haz que a imitación tuya la palabra divina y las enseñanzas del evangelio produzcan en nosotros la renovación de nuestra alma, germinando en el tiempo de la vida, flores y frutos de santidad. Amén.

ORACIÓN PARA EL TERCER DÍA

O generoso Apóstol San Judas Tadeo, que siguiendo el ejemplo de tu divino Maestro, renunciaste en el afecto  a todos los bienes terrenos, haz que a imitación tuya busquemos primeramente el reino de Dios y su justicia, y que todo lo demás se nos dé por añadidura. Amén.

ORACIÓN FINAL

(para todos los días)

Dulcísimo Señor Jesucristo, en unión con las eternas y celestiales alabanzas, de corazón yo te alabo, glorifico y bendigo por todas las gracias y privilegios que has derramado sobre tu elegido Apóstol e íntimo  amigo San Judas Tadeo. Te ruego por sus méritos me concedas la gracia que te pido y que por su intercesión te suplico. Amén.

Oración a San Judas Tadeo

San Judas Tadeo, Apóstol de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que predicaste por el mundo el evangelio de la salvación, alcánzame la gracia de conocer, conservar y defender la fe cristiana, sin la cual es imposible agradar a Dios; fortaléceme de las tentaciones y líbrame del pecado. Enséñame a orar para que en medio de las dificultades de mi vida confíe siempre y sobre todas las cosas en el poder y misericordia de Jesús que murió en la cruz para redimirnos. Socórreme en mis necesidades temporales: que no me oprima la miseria, ni me angustie la incertidumbre del mañana. Confío en tu poderosa intercesión y te pido que me alcances del Señor la gracia y la paz en esta vida y la felicidad eterna en el cielo. Amén.

Apóstol gloriosísimo de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, aclamado por los fieles con el dulce título de ABOGADO DE LOS CASOS DESESPERADOS, hazme sentir tu poderosa intercesión aliviando la gravísima necesidad en que me encuentro. Por el estrecho parentesco que te hace primo hermano de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, por las privaciones y fatigas que por El sufriste, por el heroico martirio que aceptaste gustoso por su amor, por la promesa que el divino Salvador hizo a Santa Brígida de consolar a los fieles que acudiesen a tu poderosa intercesión, obtenme del Dios de las misericordias y de su Madre Santísima la gracia que con ilimitada confianza te pido a Ti, Padre mío bondadosímo, seguro que me la obtendrás siempre que convenga a la gloria de Dios y bien de mi alma. Amén.

Glorioso Apóstol San Judas Tadeo, ruega por nosotros. (3 veces)

Visita y Oracíon a San Judas Tadeo

(para el día 28 de cada mes)

Honremos a nuestro Protector, San Judas Tadeo, con una buena Confesión y una Comunión fervorosa. Así nos haremos más agradables a Dios y obtendremos del Santo Apóstol más fácilmente la gracia que pedimos.

Bondadoso Protector mío, San Judas Tadeo, que recibiste del Salvador la gracia de la vocación al apostolado para seguirle más de cerca en la práctica de las virtudes y predicar su Evangelio, que tuviste el don de conmover los corazones con tus ejemplos y tus enseñanzas, el poder de obrar milagros, y que diste tu vida en defensa y testimonio de la Fe, recibe mis parabienes por estos grandes privilegios, y acepta gustoso esta visita que te hago en agradecimiento de favores obtenidos y para obtener nuevas gracias por tu mediación. Alcánzame un grande amor al Divino Maestro, que me aliente en la práctica de la virtud, me consuele en mis tribulaciones y sostenga mi esperanza cuando el infortunio y la desgracia me acrisolen. No permitas jamás que la falta de confianza en la Providencia divina me aparte del amor y servicio de Dios. Dame tu protección, San Judas, y alcánzame lo que necesito y pido para mi bien temporal y eterno. Amén.

Rezar tres Glorias en honor de la Santísima Trinidad y hacer luego la petición de la gracia que se desea obtener.

Novena en honor de San Judas Tadeo

Meditación

San Judas Tadeo estaba íntimamente relacionado con nuestro Señor por su parentesco con San Joaquín y Santa Ana, padres de la Santísima Virgen. Sobrino nieto de estos dos santos, es a la vez sobrino de María y José, de donde resulta ser primo de nuestro Señor.

Judas es hermano del Apóstol Santiago el Menor. Tenía otros dos hermanos a quienes llama el Evangelio “hermanos” de Jesús. Cuando nuestro Señor regresó de Judea a Nazaret, comenzó a enseñar en la sinagoga. Las gentes que le oían estaban asombradas y decían: ¿De dónde ha llegado tanta sabiduría y ese poder de hacer milagros? ¿No es el hijo del carpintero? ¿No se llama María su madre? ¿No son sus hermanos Santiago, José, Simón y Judas?” (Mt. 13,54).

En hebreo no existe la palabra “primos”, por lo que comúnmente se emplea la palabra “hermanos” en sustitución. El padre de Judas era Cleofás. El nombre de su madre era María, que era pariente próxima de la Virgen Santísima. Ella también permaneció junto a la Cruz cuando murió Cristo. “Junto a la cruz de Jesús estaba su madre, María, María esposa de Cleofás, y María Magdalena” (Jn 19,25). Durante su adolescencia y juventud, Judas sería compañero de Jesús. Cuando Jesús comenzó su vida pública, Judas dejo todo por seguirle. Como Apóstol, trabajó con gran celo por la conversión de los paganos. Fue misionero por toda la Mesopotamia durante diez años. Regresó a Jerusalén para el Concilio de los Apóstoles. Después se unió a Simón en Libia, donde los dos Apóstoles predicaron el Evangelio a los habitantes de aquel país.

Refiere la tradición que Judas y Simón sufrieron martirio en Suanis, ciudad de Persia, donde habían trabajado como misioneros. A Judas le dieron muerte con una cachiporra. Por eso, se le representa con una porra sobre la cabeza. Luego, le cortaron la cabeza con un hacha. Trasladaron su cuerpo a Roma y sus restos se veneran ahora en la Basílica de San Pedro.

San Judas es conocido principalmente como autor de la Carta de su nombre en el Nuevo Testamento. Carta probablemente escrita antes de la caída de Jerusalén, por los años 62 al 65. En ella, Judas denuncia las herejías de aquellos primeros tiempos y pone en guardia a los cristianos contra la seducción de las falsas doctrinas. Habla del juicio que amenaza a los herejes por su mala vida y condena los criterios mundanos la lujuria y “a quienes por interés adulan a la gente”. Anima a los cristianos a permanecer firmes en la fe y les anuncia que surgirán falsos maestros, que se burlarán de la Religión, a quienes Dios en cambio les tiene reservada la condenación.

A la soberbia de los malos contrapone la humilde lealtad del Arcángel San Miguel. Anima a los cristianos a levantar un edificio espiritual llevando una vida fundada en la fe, amor de Dios, esperanza y oración. Alienta la práctica del amor al prójimo; exhorta a los Cristianos a que sean pacientes y con sus vidas virtuosas conviertan a los herejes.

Judas concluye su carta con una oración de alabanza a Dios por la Encarnación, pues por ella Jesucristo, Palabra eterna de Dios, tomó sobre sí nuestra naturaleza humana para redimirnos.

La fiesta de los Santos Simón y Judas se celebra el 28 de octubre.

Palabra de Dios

“En verdad, en verdad os digo: el que crea en Mí, hará él también las obras que yo hago, y hará mayores aún, porque yo voy al Padre”. (Jn 14,12)

“¿No es éste el hijo del carpintero? ¿No se llama su madre María, y sus hermanos Santiago, José, Simón y Judas?”. (Mt 13,55)

“Pero vosotros, queridos, edificándoos sobre vuestra santísima fe y orando en el Espíritu Santo, manteneos en la caridad de Dios, aguardando la misericordia de nuestro Señor Jesucristo para vida eterna”. (Judas 20-21)

Devociones a San Judas Tadeo

En el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo. Amén.

Confiamos en que el Padre oirá todas las oraciones ofrecidas en el nombre de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, y nos unimos ahora en oración al Apóstol San Judas, quien goza en los cielos del triunfo de la muerte y resurrección de Cristo. Unidos a las oraciones de alabanza y petición de San Judas a Dios, rezamos estas devociones.

Ofrecimiento

A Ti, Señor Jesucristo, Nuestro Mediador y Hermano, ofrecemos hoy nuestras oraciones. Reconocemos la especial amistad que tu apóstol San Judas tiene contigo. A su amor y amistad unimos nuestras oraciones íntimamente con tu generosa muerte en la Cruz. A este acto constante de alabanza a Dios a través del cual nos hacemos gratos al Padre, pedimos sean unidas nuestras oraciones. Quédate con nosotros hoy y todos los días de nuestra vida. Intensifica nuestro amor a Dios y a nuestro prójimo. Haz que estas gracias y favores por los cuales oramos, nos sean concedidos a través de Ti, que vives y reinas con el Padre, en unidad del Espíritu Santo, Dios por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Oración Propia de la Novena

Glorioso San Judas Tadeo, por los sublimes privilegios con que fuiste adornado durante tu vida, en particular por ser de la familia humana de Jesús y por haberte llamado Él a ser Apóstol, por la gloria que ahora disfrutas en el Cielo como recompensa de tus trabajos apostólicos y por tu martirio, obténme del Dador de todo bien las gracias que ahora necesito (mencione los favores que solicita). Que guarde yo en mi corazón las enseñanzas divinas que nos has dado en tu carta: construir el edificio de mi santidad sobre las bases de la santísima fe, orando en el Espíritu Santo; mantener en el amor de Dios y esperando la misericordia de Jesucristo, que nos llevará a la vida eterna; y procurar por todos los medios ayudar a quienes se desvíen. Que yo alabe la gloria y majestad, el dominio y poder de aquel que puede preservar de todo pecado y presentarme sin mancha a nuestro divino Salvador, Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

Consagración a San Judas

San Judas, Apóstol de Cristo y Mártir glorioso, deseo honrarte con especial devoción. Te acojo como mi patrón y protector. Te encomiendo mi alma y mi cuerpo, todos mis intereses espirituales y temporales y asimismo los de mi familia. Te consagro mi mente para que en todo proceda a la luz de la fe; mi corazón para que lo guardes puro y lleno de amor a Jesús y María; mi voluntad para que, como la tuya, esté siempre unida a la voluntad de Dios. Te suplico me ayudes a dominar mis malas inclinaciones y tentaciones evitando todas las ocasiones de pecado. Obténme la gracia de no ofender a Dios jamás, de cumplir fielmente con todas las obligaciones de mi estado de vida y practicar las virtudes necesarias para salvarme. Ruega por mi Santo Patrón y auxilio mío, para que, inspirado con tu ejemplo y asistido por tu intercesión, pueda llevar una vida santa, tener una muerte dichosa y alcanzar la gloria del Cielo donde se ama y da gracias a Dios eternamente. Amén.

Oración Final

¡Oh Dios! Tú diste a conocer tu nombre por medio de los Apóstoles; por intercesión de San Judas, haz que tu Iglesia continúe fortaleciéndose y aumente el número de sus fieles. Te lo pedimos por Cristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

Prayers to St. Jude Thaddaeus (Feast October 28)

NOVENA TO ST. JUDE

NOVENA PRAYER

St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honours and invokes you universally as the patron of hopeless cases, and of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so distressed. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded you to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and succour of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly, (mention your request) and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout eternity. Amen.

St. Jude, Apostle, Martyr, and Relative of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Mary and of Joseph, intercede for us!

DAY ONE

O blessed Apostle St. Jude, who laboured zealously among the Gentiles in many lands and performed numerous miracles in needy and despairing cases, we invoke you to take special interest in us and our needs. We feel that you understand us in a particular way. Hear our prayers and our petitions and plead for us in all our necessities especially (mention your request). May we be patient in learning God’s holy will and courageous in carrying it out. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us.

My Jesus, mercy.

DAY TWO

O blessed Apostle St. Jude, who has been instrumental in gathering us here together this day, grant that we may always serve Jesus Christ as he deserves to be served, giving of our best efforts in living as he wishes us to live. May we dispose our hearts and minds that god will always be inclined to listen to our prayers and petitions, especially those petitions which we entrust to your care and for which we as you to plead for us (mention your request). Grant that we may be enlightened as to what is best for us, in the present and future, not forgetting the blessings we have received in the past. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us.

My Jesus, mercy.

DAY THREE

O holy St. Jude, Apostle of Jesus Christ, you who have so faithfully and devotedly helped to spread his Gospel of Light, we who are gathered together today in your honour, ask and petition you to remember us and our needs. Especially do we pray for (mention your request). May it also please our Lord to lend an ear to your supplications in our behalf. Grant that we may ever pray with fervour and devotion, resigning ourselves humbly to the divine will, seeing God’s purpose in all our trials and knowing that he will leave no sincere prayer unanswered in some way. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us.

My Jesus, mercy.

DAY FOUR

O blessed St. Jude, you were called to be one of Christ’s chosen Apostles and laboured to bring men to a knowledge and love of God; listen with compassion to those gathered together to honour you and ask your intercession. In this troubled world of ours we have many trials, difficulties, and temptations. Plead for us in the heavenly court, asking that our petitions may be answered, especially the particular one we have in mind at this moment (mention your request). May it please God to answer our prayers in the way that he knows best, giving us grace to see his purpose in all things. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us.

My Jesus, mercy.

DAY FIVE

O holy St. Jude, Apostle and companion of Christ Jesus, you have shown us by example how to leas a life of zeal and devotion. We humbly entreat you today to hear our prayers and petitions. Especially do we ask you to obtain for us the following favour (mention your request). Grant that in praying for present and future favours we may not forget the innumerable ones granted in the past but often return to give thanks. Humbly we resign ourselves to God’s holy will, knowing that he alone knows what is best for us especially in our present needs and necessities. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us.

My Jesus, mercy.

DAY SIX

St. Jude, Apostle of Christ and helper in despairing cases, hear the prayers and petitions of those who are gathered together in your honour. In all our needs and desires may we only seek what is pleasing to God and what is best for our salvation. These our petitions we submit to you, asking you to obtain them for us, if they are for the good of out souls (mention your request). We are resigned to God’s holy will in all things, knowing that he will leave no sincere prayer unanswered in some way though it may be in a way unexpected by us. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us.

My Jesus, mercy.

DAY SEVEN

O holy Apostle St. Jude, in whose honour we are gathered today, may we never forget that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ chose you to be one of twelve Apostles. Because of this and of the martyrdom you suffered for the Faith, we know you are a close friend of Almighty God. Therefore we do not hesitate to petition you in our necessities, especially (mention your request). We humbly submit ourselves to the will of God, knowing full well that no sincere prayer is ever left unanswered. May we see God’s good and gracious purpose working in all our trials. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us.

My Jesus, mercy.

DAY EIGHT

O holy St. Jude, Apostle of Christ, pray that we may ever imitate the Divine Master and live according to His will. May we cooperate with the grace of God and ever remain pleasing in His sight. Especially do we ask you to plead for us and obtain whatsoever is necessary for our salvation. Forget not our special petitions (mention your request). May we always be thankful to God for the blessings we have received in the past. Whatsoever we ask for the present or future, we submit to the divine will, realizing that God knows best what is good for us. We know He will respond to our prayers and petitions in one way or another. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us.

My Jesus, mercy.

DAY NINE

O holy St. Jude, Apostle and martyr, grant that we may so dispose our lives that we may always be pleasing to God. In working out our salvation in this life we have many needs and necessities. Today we turn to you, asking you to intercede for us and obtain for us the favours we ask of God. Especially do we petition for (mention your request). May we not so much seek temporal good but rather what will avail our souls, knowing that it will profit us nothing if we gain the whole world yet suffer the loss of our soul. Therefore, may we incline ourselves toward the divine will, seeing God’s good and gracious purpose in all our trials. Amen.

St. Jude, pray for us.

My Jesus, mercy.

PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING

O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the unutterable praise with which the Most Holy Trinity extols Itself and which thence flows upon Your sacred humanity, upon Mary, upon all the angels and saints, I praise, glorify, and bless You for all the graces and privileges You have bestowed upon Your chosen apostle and intimate friend, Jude Thaddeus. I implore You for the sake of his merits, grant me Your grace, and through his intercession come to my aid in all my needs. Especially at the hour of my death, deign to strengthen me against the power of my enemies. Amen.

 

Prayer & Novena to St. Jude Thaddaeus

Most Holy Apostle, St. Jude Thaddaeus, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Master into the hands of his enemies has caused thee to be forgotten by many. But the Church honours thee, and I invoke thee as the special advocate of those who are in trouble and almost without hope. Help me to realize that through our faith we triumph over life’s difficulties by the power of Jesus who gave his life for us. Come to my assistance that I may receive the consolation and succour of heaven in all my needs, trials, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that I may praise God with thee and all the Saints forever. Amen.

St. Jude, apostle of the Word of God, pray for us.

St. Jude, follower of the Son of God, pray for us.

St. Jude, preacher of the love of God, pray for us.

St. Jude, intercessor before God, pray for us.

St. Jude, friend of all in need, pray for us.

St. Jude Thaddaeus, pray for us and for all who invoke thine aid. Amen.

NOVENA

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved, throughout the world, now and forever. Amen.

May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen.

May the Most Blessed Heart of Jesus be loved and adored in all the Tabernacles of the world until the end of time. Amen.

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, loved, and adored this day and glorified now and forever.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us and hear our prayers.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Mary, Mother of Jesus, pray for us.

St. Jude, pray for us.

St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us.

St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us.

St. Jude, pray for us and hear our prayers.

St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid me in my distress.

St. Jude, help in difficult cases, aid me in my distress.

St. Jude, patron of hopeless cases, pray for me and grant me this favour I ask.

Blessed Apostle St. Jude, with confidence I invoke thee.

St. Jude, hear my prayer and grant my request.

St. Jude, pray for me and for all who invoke thine aid, humbly in need of thy intercession.

Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Blessed be the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Blessed be St. Jude Thaddeus throughout the world and for all eternity.

Blessed be the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, now and forever.

We fly to thy patronage, O Holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and Blessed Virgin Mary. Amen.

St. Jude Thaddaeus, pray for us and for all who trust in thee and invoke thine aid. Amen.

Conclude with the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.

Novena to St. Jude

Blessed be the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity, now and forever. Amen.

We fly to thy patronage, O Holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and Blessed Virgin Mary. Amen.

St. Jude Thaddaeus, pray for us and for all who trust in thee and invoke thine aid. Amen.

O glorious Apostle St. Jude Thaddaeus, relative of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary, who owes all your great dignity and power to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus: through this Heart, I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon me. I most fervently implore you to look down upon me with your compassion. O, despise not my prayer; let not my trust be confounded. To you God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases. O, come to my aid, that I may praise the mercies of God. All my life, I shall be grateful to you and shall be your faithful client until I can meet you in Heaven and thank Jesus forever in paradise. Amen.

Blessed Apostle St. Jude, with confidence we invoke thee. (3 times)

St. Jude, help in difficult cases, aid me in my distress. (3 times)

Pray for us, that before death we may expiate all our sins by sincere repentance and the worthy reception of the Holy Sacraments. Pray for us, that we may appease the Divine Justice and obtain a favourable judgement. Pray for us, that we may be admitted into the company of the Blessed to rejoice in the presence of our God forever.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sin of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sin of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.

O glorious Apostle, Martyr and Relative of Jesus Christ, St. Jude Thaddaeus, who did spread the true Faith among the most barbarous and distant nations; who did win to the obedience of Jesus Christ many tribes and peoples by the power of His Holy Word, grant I beseech you, that from this day I may renounce every sinful habit, that I may be preserved from all evil thoughts, that I may always obtain your assistance, particularly in every danger and difficulty, and that I may safely reach the heavenly country, with you to adore the Most Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers & Novenas to St. Jude

St. Jude Thaddaeus, relative of Jesus Christ, glorious Apostle and martyr, renowned for your virtues and miracles, faithful and prompt intercessor of all who honour you and trust in you! You are a powerful patron and helper in great afflictions. I entreat you from the depths of my heart, come to my aid with your powerful intercession, for you have received from God the privilege to assist with your visible help those who almost despair of all hope. Look down upon me. Time and again I find myself discouraged and depressed by the troubles I must face. I know that others around me have burdens as heavy as or heavier than mine, but I sometimes come close to despairing that I will be able to continue carrying mine. Overwhelmed by these thoughts, I ask for your help. Do not forsake me in my sadness. Hasten to my aid. I will be grateful to you all my life and I will honour you as my special patron. I will thank God for the graces bestowed upon you, and I will gratefully encourage honour to you to the best of my ability. Amen.

Let Us Pray. O Glorious Apostle and Martyr, St. Jude Thaddaeus, whose life and accomplishments we celebrate and who used your gifts and talents to bring Christ’s love to many people, pray for us today that the love of Christ in our lives may increase. Pray that we may renounce every sinful habit and refrain from all selfish actions. May we always know your intercession in danger and difficulty, and may we safely reach heaven to adore with you the most Holy Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.

St. Jude, relative of Jesus and Mary, glorious apostle and martyr, renowned for your virtues and miracles, faithful and prompt intercessor for all who honour you and trust in you! Powerful patron and helper in grievous affliction, come to my aid, for you have received from God the privilege of assisting with manifest help those who almost despair. Look down upon me; my life is a life of crosses, and my paths are strewn with thorns. My soul is enveloped in darkness, discouragement, and sometimes even a kind of despair. Divine Providence seems lost to my sight, and faith seems to falter in my heart. You cannot forsake me in this sad plight! I shall not depart from you until you have heard me. Hasten to my aid. I shall thank God for the graces bestowed upon you, and I will propagate your honour in whatever way I can. Amen.

St. Jude, Apostle of Christ, the Church honours and prays to you universally as the patron of hopeless and difficult cases. Pray for us in our needs. Make use, we implore you, of this powerful privilege given to you to bring visible and speedy help where help is needed. Pray that we humbly accept the trials and disappointments and mistakes which are a part of our human nature. Let us see the reflection of the sufferings of Christ in our daily trials and tribulations. Let us see in a spirit of great faith and hope the part we even now share in the joy of Christ’s resurrection, and which we long to share fully in Heaven. Intercede that we may again experience this joy in answer to our present needs if it is God’s desire for us. We know our prayers will be heard through your intercession. Amen.

O glorious Apostle St. Jude Thaddaeus, relative of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary, who owes all your great dignity and power to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus: through this Heart, I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon me. I most fervently implore you to look down upon me with your compassion. O, despise not my prayer; let not my trust be confounded. To you God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases. O, come to my aid, that I may praise the mercies of God. All my life, I shall be grateful to you and shall be your faithful client until I can meet you in Heaven and thank Jesus forever in paradise. Amen.

St. Jude, relative of Jesus and Mary, glorious apostle and martyr, renowned for your virtues and miracles, faithful and prompt intercessor for all who honour you and trust in you! Powerful patron and helper in grievous affliction, come to my aid, for you have received from God the privilege of assisting with manifest help those who almost despair. Look down upon me; my life is a life of crosses, and my paths are strewn with thorns. My soul is enveloped in darkness, discouragement, and sometimes even a kind of despair. Divine Providence seems lost to my sight, and faith seems to falter in my heart. You cannot forsake me in this sad plight! I shall not depart from you until you have heard me. Hasten to my aid. I shall thank God for the graces bestowed upon you, and I will propagate your honour in whatever way I can. Amen.

St. Jude, Apostle of Christ, the Church honours and prays to you universally as the patron of hopeless and difficult cases. Pray for us in our needs. Make use, we implore you, of this powerful privilege given to you to bring visible and speedy help where help is needed. Pray that we humbly accept the trials and disappointments and mistakes which are a part of our human nature. Let us see the reflection of the sufferings of Christ in our daily trials and tribulations. Let us see in a spirit of great faith and hope the part we even now share in the joy of Christ’s resurrection, and which we long to share fully in Heaven. Intercede that we may again experience this joy in answer to our present needs if it is God’s desire for us. We know our prayers will be heard through your intercession. Amen.

Glorious Apostle, martyr, and relative of Jesus, St. Jude Thaddeus, who didst spread the true Faith among the most barbarous and distant nations, who didst win to the obedience of Jesus Christ many tribes and peoples by the power of His holy word, grant, I beseech thee, that from this day I may renounce every sinful habit, that I may be preserved from all evil thoughts, that I may always obtain thy assistance, particularly in every danger and difficulty, and that I may safely reach the heavenly country, with thee to adore to adore the Most Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, forever and ever. Amen.

O Glorious St. Jude Thaddeus, by those sublime privileges which so ennobled thee in thy lifetime: relationship according to the flesh with Our Lord Jesus Christ and the apostolate; by that glory, which, as the reward for thy labors and martyrdom, thou dost now enjoy in heaven; obtain for us from the Giver of every good all the graces we need to enable us to profit greatly by that divinely inspired doctrine which thou hast handed down to us in they Epistle: that is, to build the edifice of perfection upon the foundation of faith, praying through the grace of the Holy Spirit; to keep ourselves always in the love of God, looking for the mercy of Jesus Christ unto life everlasting; and to help by every available means those who go astray. Thus shall we exalt the glory, the majesty, the dominion, the authority, of Him, who is able to preserve us without sin and keep us without blemish and in gladness unto the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God, our Savior. Amen.

O Glorious St. Jude, you were honored to be a cousin as well as a follower of Jesus, and you wrote an Epistle in which you said: “Grow strong in your holy faith through prayer in the Holy Spirit.” Obtain for us the grace of being people of faith and people of prayer. Let us be so attached to the three Divine Persons through faith and prayer on earth that we may be united with them in the glory of the beatific vision in heaven. Amen.

O God, Who through Thy blessed Apostle St. Jude has brought us unto the knowledge of Thy Name; grant us both to celebrate his eternal glory by making progress in virtue, and by celebrating his glory to advance in virtue, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, Thou hast made Thy Name known to us through the Apostles. By the intercession of St. Jude, let Thy Church continue to grow with an increased number of believers, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

O holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, rich in virtue, great in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke thine aid, to thee do I come in my hour of need. To thee, to whom God has given such great powers do I come with my present, most urgent petition. I ask that thou intercede for me and see to its granting. In return, I promise to make thy name known to others and cause others to be aware of thy greatness. Amen.

Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be three times each.

O holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke thy special patronage in time of need, to thee I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg to whom God has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present, urgent petition. In return, I promise to make thy name known and cause thee to be invoked. Amen.

Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be three times each.

St. Jude, pray for me and for all who invoke thine aid, humbly in need of thy intercession. Amen.

Oraciones del Santísimo Rosario

Por la Señal de la Santa Cruz, de nuestros enemigos defiéndenos, Señor Dios nuestro, en el Nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo. Amén.

Ven, Espíritu Santo, llena los corazones de Tus fieles, y enciende en ellos el fuego de Tu amor.

V. Envía Tu Espíritu, Señor, y todo será creado.

R. Y renovarás la faz de la tierra.

Oremos. Oh Dios, que aleccionaste los corazones de los fieles con la ciencia del Espíritu Santo, haz que guiados por este mismo Espíritu, saboreemos la dulzura del bien y gocemos siempre de Sus divinos consuelos, por Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

V. Señor, abre mis labios,

R. Y mi boca anunciará Tus alabanzas.

V. Oh Dios, ven en mi ayuda,

R. Señor, apresúrate a socorrerme.

V. Gloria al Padre, y al Hijo y al Espíritu Santo.

R. Como era en el principio, es ahora y siempre por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

Creo en Dios Padre Todopoderoso, Creador del Cielo y de la tierra. Creo en Jesucristo su Único Hijo, nuestro Señor, Que fue concebido por obra y gracia del Espíritu Santo, nació de Santa María siempre Virgen, padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato, fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado. Descendió a los infiernos, y al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos. Ascendió a los cielos, y está sentado a la derecha de Dios Padre Todopoderoso; desde allí ha de venir a juzgar a los vivos y a los muertos. Creo en el Espíritu Santo, en la Santa Iglesia Católica, en la Comunión de los Santos, en el perdón de los pecados, en la resurrección de la carne, y en la vida eterna. Amén.

Padre nuestro, Que estás en el Cielo, santificado sea Tu nombre. Venga a nosotros Tu Reino; hágase Tu Voluntad, así en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día, y perdona nuestras ofensas como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden; y no nos dejes caer en la tentación, mas líbranos del mal. Amén.

Dios te salve María, llena eres de gracia, el Señor es contigo. Bendita Tú eres entre todas las mujeres, y bendito es el fruto de Tu vientre, Jesús. Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros los pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.

Gloria al Padre, y al Hijo y al Espíritu Santo. Como era en el principio, es ahora y siempre, por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

O Jesús mío, perdona nuestros pecados: sálvanos de los fuegos del infierno. Conduce todas las almas hacia el cielo, especialmente las más necesitadas de Tú divina Misericordia. Amén.

Dios te salve María Santísima, Hija de Dios Padre, Virgen Purísima y Castísima antes del parto, en tus manos encomendamos nuestra fe para que la ilumines, llena eres de gracia, el Señor es contigo. Bendita Tú eres entre todas las mujeres, y bendito es el fruto de Tu vientre, Jesús. Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.

Dios te salve María Santísima, Madre de Dios Hijo, Virgen Purísima y Castísima durante el parto, en tus manos encomendamos nuestra esperanza para que la alientes, llena eres de gracia, el Señor es contigo. Bendita Tú eres entre todas las mujeres, y bendito es el fruto de Tu vientre, Jesús. Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.

Dios te salve María Santísima, Esposa de Dios Espíritu Santo, Virgen Purísima y Castísima después del parto, en tus manos encomendamos nuestra caridad para que la inflames, llena eres de gracia, el Señor es contigo. Bendita Tú eres entre todas las mujeres, y bendito es el fruto de Tu vientre, Jesús. Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.

Dios te salve María Santísima, Templo, Trono y Sagrario de la Santísima Trinidad, Virgen concebida sin la culpa del pecado Original. Amén.

Dios te Salve, Reina y Madre de misericordia, vida, dulzura y esperanza nuestra, Dios te salve. A ti clamamos, los desterrados hijos de Eva; a ti suspiramos gimiendo y llorando en este valle de lágrimas. ¡Ea! Pues, Señora abogada nuestra, vuelve a nosotros esos tus ojos misericordiosos y después de este destierro, muéstranos a Jesús, fruto bendito de tu vientre. ¡Oh Clemente! ¡Oh Piadosa! ¡Oh dulce siempre Virgen María!

V. Ruega por nosotros, Santa Madre de Dios,

R. Para que seamos dignos de alcanzar las divinas gracias y promesas de nuestro Señor Jesucristo.

V. Te alabaré, Oh Virgen sacrosanta;

R. Dame valor contra tus enemigos.

V. Bendito sea Dios en Sus Ángeles y en Sus Santos.

R. Amén.

Oremos. O Dios, cuyo Unigénito Hijo, por Su vida, muerte y resurrección, nos procuró el premio de la vida eterna, concedenos a los que con veneración recordamos estos Misterios del Santísimo Rosario, que imitemos las virtudes que contienen y logremos los premios que prometen, por el mismo Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

Refiner’s Fire

Malachi 3:3 says: ‘He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.’ This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says:  ‘ He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.’

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, ‘How do you know when the silver is fully refined?’

He smiled at her and answered, ‘ Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it.’

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Pass this on right now. This very moment, someone needs to know that God is watching over them.

And, whatever they’re going through, they’ll be a better person in the end.

‘Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.’

Thank you God, for teaching me to laugh again…… but please Lord, don’t ever let me forget that I cried.

Classical Music

On the topic of music there is much to say. Many a great artist and composer has arisen to greatness and “stardom” throughout history, and one can only think of such names as Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky. In our day too, we have had such artists as Frank Sinatra and others. The names of such artists reflect the diversity of musical genres that has arisen over time, especially within the past century, with some claiming better, higher quality and nature than others.

Yet, there remains not in the least any doubt about the pre-eminence and beauty of the ageless compositions of such composers as George Friderick Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johan Sebastian Bach, and Ludwig von Beethoven. Many often inquire or are asked as to the true nature of music, or at least wonder about it from time to time. To know what music truly is, I would suggest listening to Handel’s Messiah, his Water Music, his Music for the Royal Fire Works. I would further suggest listening to Beethoven’s Brandenburg Concertto no. 3 or to Mozart’s Eine Klein Natchmusik or his Symphony no. 40 (the well known “Jupiter” Symphony).

Listening to the words of the prophet Isaiah be placed into music by Handel in ‘Messiah’ — words such as “Every valley shall be exalted” (Is. 40:3) and “For unto us a Child is born” (Is. 9:6) — such is music at its very best in all its glory and splendour.

And while one can not in good conscience negate the proper dignity and efforts of modern musical genres, it cannot be doubted that music at its best remains in the ageless compositions of Schubert, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, just to name a few!

Just take the prayers of the Roman Liturgy as an example: we all know that the words ‘Lord have mercy’ (Kyrie Eleison) and ‘Lamb of God’ (Agnus Dei) are sung in modern day forms in most contemporary parishes. But how can you compare that to the chanting of the prayers in their Greek and Latin forms by monks and the schools of chant in Europe’s ancient monasteries, cathedrals, and national shrines?

Oración a San Judas Tadeo

Oración a San Judas Tadeo

¡Santo y glorioso Apóstol, San Judas Tadeo, siervo fiel y amigo de Jesús! El nombre del traidor que entregó a tu amado Maestro en las manos de sus enemigos ha sido la causa de que tú hayas sido olvidado por muchos; pero la Iglesia verdadera te honra e invoca universalmente como el patrón de los casos difíciles y de las causas desesperadas. Ruega por mí, estoy sin ayuda y tan solo. Haz uso, te imploro, de ese privilegio especial, particularmente a ti concedido por Dios, de socorrer pronto y visiblemente cuando casi se ha perdido toda esperanza. Ven en mi ayuda en esta gran necesidad, para que pueda recibir el consuelo y socorro del cielo en todas mis necesidades, tribulaciones y sufrimientos de la vida, particularmente (haga aquí su petición), y para que pueda alabar a Dios contigo y con todos los elegidos por siempre.

Te prometo, O glorioso Apóstol San Judas, nunca olvidarme de este gran favor concedido a mi por Dios, honrarte siempre como mi especial y poderoso patrono y, con todo mi agradecimiento, hacer todo lo que pueda para fomentar tu devoción. Amén.

LET NOTHING TROUBLE YOU

LET NOTHING DISTURB YOU

Let nothing trouble you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away:
GOD never changes.

Patience obtains all things.

He who has GOD
finds he lacks nothing:
GOD alone suffices!

–St. Teresa of Avila

Oraciones a San Judas Tadeo

Oracíon a San Judas Tadeo

 

San Judas Tadeo, Apóstol de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que predicaste por el mundo el evangelio de la salvación, alcánzame la gracia de conocer, conservar y defender la fe cristiana, sin la cual es imposible agradar a Dios; fortaléceme de las tentaciones y líbrame del pecado. Enséñame a orar para que en medio de las dificultades de mi vida confíe siempre y sobre todas las cosas en el poder y misericordia de Jesús que murió en la cruz para redimirnos. Socórreme en mis necesidades temporales: que no me oprima la miseria, ni me angustie la incertidumbre del mañana. Confío en tu poderosa intercesión y te pido que me alcances del Señor la gracia y la paz en esta vida y la felicidad eterna en el cielo. Amén.

 

Oracíon a San Judas Tadeo

 

Apóstol gloriosísimo de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, aclamado por los fieles con el dulce título de ABOGADO DE LOS CASOS DESESPERADOS, hazme sentir tu poderosa intercesión aliviando la gravísima necesidad en que me encuentro. Por el estrecho parentesco que te hace primo hermano de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, por las privaciones y fatigas que por El sufriste, por el heroico martirio que aceptaste gustoso por su amor, por la promesa que el divino Salvador hizo a Santa Brígida de consolar a los fieles que acudiesen a tu poderosa intercesión, obtenme del Dios de las misericordias y de su Madre Santísima la gracia que con ilimitada confianza te pido a Ti, Padre mío bondadosímo, seguro que me la obtendrás siempre que convenga a la gloria de Dios y bien de mi alma. Amén.

Glorioso Apóstol San Judas Tadeo, ruega por nosotros. (3 veces)

 

Visita y Oracíon

(para el día 28 de cada mes)

 

Honremos a nuestro Protector, San Judas Tadeo, con una buena Confesión y una Comunión fervorosa. Así nos haremos más agradables a Dios y obtendremos del Santo Apóstol más fácilmente la gracia que pedimos.

 

Bondadoso Protector mío, San Judas Tadeo, que recibiste del Salvador la gracia de la vocación al apostolado para seguirle más de cerca en la práctica de las virtudes y predicar su Evangelio, que tuviste el don de conmover los corazones con tus ejemplos y tus enseñanzas, el poder de obrar milagros, y que diste tu vida en defensa y testimonio de la Fe, recibe mis parabienes por estos grandes privilegios, y acepta gustoso esta visita que te hago en agradecimiento de favores obtenidos y para obtener nuevas gracias por tu mediación. Alcánzame un grande amor al Divino Maestro, que me aliente en la práctica de la virtud, me consuele en mis tribulaciones y sostenga mi esperanza cuando el infortunio y la desgracia me acrisolen. No permitas jamás que la falta de confianza en la Providencia divina me aparte del amor y servicio de Dios. Dame tu protección, San Judas, y alcánzame lo que necesito y pido para mi bien temporal y eterno. Amén.

 

Rezar tres Glorias en honor de la Santísima Trinidad y hacer luego la petición de la gracia que se desea obtener.

Novena A San Judas Tadeo

Novena en honor de

San Judas Tadeo

 

Meditación

 

San Judas Tadeo estaba íntimamente relacionado con nuestro Señor por su parentesco con San Joaquín y Santa Ana, padres de la Santísima Virgen. Sobrino nieto de estos dos santos, es a la vez sobrino de María y José, de donde resulta ser primo de nuestro Señor.

 

Judas es hermano del Apóstol Santiago el Menor. Tenía otros dos hermanos a quienes llama el Evangelio “hermanos” de Jesús. Cuando nuestro Señor regresó de Judea a Nazaret, comenzó a enseñar en la sinagoga. Las gentes que le oían estaban asombradas y decían: ¿De dónde ha llegado tanta sabiduría y ese poder de hacer milagros? ¿No es el hijo del carpintero? ¿No se llama María su madre? ¿No son sus hermanos Santiago, José, Simón y Judas?” (Mt. 13,54).

 

En hebreo no existe la palabra “primos”, por lo que conmunmente se emplea l palabra “hermanos” en sustitución. El padre de Judas era Cleofás. El nombre de su madre era María, que era pariente próxima de la Virgen Santísima. Ella también permaneció junto a la Cruz cuando murió Cristo. “Junto a la cruz de Jesús estaba su madre, María, María esposa de Cleofás, y María Magdalena” (Jn 19,25). Durante su adolescencia y juventud, Judas sería compañero de Jesús. Cuando Jesús comenzó su vida pública, Judas dejo todo por seguirle. Como Apóstol, trabajó con gran celo por la conversión de los paganos. Fue misionero por toda la Mesopotamia durante diez años. Regresó a Jerusalén para el Concilio de los Apóstoles. Después se unió a Simón en Libia, donde los dos Apóstoles predicaron el Evangelio a los habitantes de aquel país.

 

Refiere la tradición que Judas y Simón sufrieron martirio en Suanis, ciudad de Persia, donde habían trabajado como misioneros. A Judas le dieron muerte con una cachiporra. Por eso, se le representa con una porra sobre la cabeza. Luego, le cortaron la cabeza con un hacha. Trasladaron su cuerpo a Roma y sus restos se veneran ahora en la Basílica de San Pedro.

 

San Judas es conocido principalmente como autor de la Carta de su nombre en el Nuevo Testamento. Carta probablemente escrita antes de la caída de Jerusalén, por los años 62 al 65. En ella, Judas denuncia las herejías de aquellos primeros tiempos y pone en guardia a los cristianos contra la seducción de las falsas doctrinas. Habla del juicio que amenaza a los herejes por su mala vida y condena los criterios mundanos la lujuria y ” a quienes por interés adulan a la gente”. Anima a los cristianos a permanecer firmes en la fe y les anuncia que surgirán falsos maestros, que se burlarán de la Religión, a quienes Dios en cambio les tiene reservada la condenación.

 

A la soberbia de los malos contrapone la humilde lealtad del Arcángel San Miguel. Anima a los cristianos a levantar un edificio espiritual llevando una vida fundada en la fe, amor de Dios, esperanza y oración. Alienta la práctica del amor al prójimo; exhorta a los Cristianos a que sean pacientes y con sus vida virtuosas conviertan a los herejes.

 

Judas concluye su carta con una oración de alabanza a Dios por la Encarnación, pues por ella Jesucristo, Palabra eterna de Dios, tomó sobre sí nuestra naturaleza humana para redimirnos.

 

La fiesta de los Santos Simón y Judas se celebra el 28 de octubre.

 

Palabra de Dios

 

“En verdad, en verdad os digo: el que crea en Mí, hará él también las obras que yo hago, y hará mayores aún, porque yo voy al Padre”. (Jn 14,12)

 

“¿No es éste el hijo del carpintero? ¿No se llama su madre María, y sus hermanos Santiago, José, Simón y Judas?”. (Mt 13,55)

 

“Pero vosotros, queridos, edificándoos sobre vuestra santísima fe y orando en el Espíritu Santo, manteneos en la caridad de Dios,  aguardando la  misericordia de nuestro Señor Jesucristo para vida eterna”. (Judas 20-21)

 

Devociones a San Judas Tadeo

 

En el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo. Amén.

 

Confiamos en que el Padre oirá todas las oraciones ofrecidas en el nombre de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, y nos unimos ahora en oración al Apóstol San Judas, quien goza en los cielos del triunfo de la muerte y resurrección de Cristo. Unidos a las oraciones de alabanza y petición de San Judas a Dios, rezamos estas devociones.

 

Ofrecimiento

 

A Ti, Señor Jesucristo, Nuestro Mediador y Hermano, ofrecemos hoy nuestras oraciones. Reconocemos la especial amistad que tu apóstol San Judas tiene contigo. A su amor y amistad unimos nuestras oraciones íntimamente con tu generosa muerte en la Cruz. A este acto constante de alabanza a Dios a través del cual nos hacemos gratos al Padre, pedimos sean unidas nuestras oraciones. Quédate con nosotros hoy y todos los días de nuestra vida. Intensifica nuestro amor a Dios y a nuestro prójimo. Haz que estas gracias y favores por los cuales oramos, nos sean concedidos a través de Ti, que vives y reinas con el Padre, en unidad del Espíritu Santo, Dios por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

 

Oración Propia de la Novena

 

Glorioso San Judas Tadeo, por los sublimes privilegios con que fuiste adornado durante tu vida, en particular por ser de la familia humana de Jesús y por haberte llamado Él a ser Apóstol, por la gloria que ahora disfrutas en el Cielo como recompensa de tus trabajos apostólicos y por tu martirio, obténme del Dador de todo bien las gracias que ahora necesito (mencione los favores que solicita). Que guarde yo en mi corazón las enseñanzas divinas que nos has dado  en tu carta: construir  el edificio de mi santidad  sobre las bases de la santísima fe, orando en el Espíritu Santo; mantener en el amor de Dios y esperando la misericordia  de Jesucristo, que nos  llevará a la vida eterna; y procurar por todos los medios ayudar a quienes se desvíen. Que yo alabe la  gloria y majestad, el dominio y poder  de aquel que puede  preservar de todo pecado y presentarme sin mancha a nuestro divino Salvador,  Jesucristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

 

Consagración a San Judas

 

San Judas, Apóstol de Cristo y Mártir glorioso, deseo honrarte con especial devoción. Te acojo como mi patrón y protector. Te encomiendo mi alma y mi cuerpo, todos mis intereses espirituales y temporales y asimismo los de mi familia. Te consagro mi mente para que en todo proceda a la luz de la fe; mi corazón para que lo guardes puro y lleno de amor a Jesús y María; mi voluntad para que, como la tuya, esté siempre unida a la voluntad de Dios. Te suplico me ayudes a dominar mis malas inclinaciones y tentaciones evitando todas las ocasiones de pecado. Obténme la gracia de no ofender a Dios jamás, de cumplir fielmente con todas las obligaciones de mi estado de vida y practicar las virtudes necesarias para salvarme. Ruega por mi Santo Patrón y auxilio mío, para que, inspirado con tu ejemplo y asistido por tu intercesión, pueda llevar una vida santa, tener una muerte dichosa y alcanzar la gloria del Cielo donde se ama y da gracias a  Dios eternamente. Amén.

 

Oración Final

 

¡Oh Dios! Tú diste a conocer tu nombre por medio de los Apóstoles; por intercesión de San Judas, haz que tu Iglesia continúe fortaleciéndose y aumente el número de sus fieles. Te lo pedimos por Cristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

Prayers to St. Jude

St. Jude Thaddaeus, relative of Jesus Christ, glorious Apostle and martyr, renowned for your virtues and miracles, faithful and prompt intercessor of all who honours you and trust in you! You are a powerful patron and helper in great afflictions. I entreat you from the depths of my heart, come to my aid with your powerful intercession, for you have received from God the privilege to assist with your visible help those who almost despair of all hope. Look down upon me. Time and again I find myself discouraged and depressed by the troubles I must face. I know that others around me have burdens as heavy as or heavier than mine but I sometimes come close to despairing that I will be able to continue carrying mine. Overwhelmed by these thoughts, I ask your help. Do not forsake me in my sadness. Hasten to my aid. I will be grateful to you all my life and will honour you as my special patron. I will than God for the graces bestowed upon you, and will encourage honour to you to the best of my ability. Amen.
Let Us Pray. O Glorious Apostle and Martyr, St. Jude Thaddaeus, whose life and accomplishments we celebrate and who used your gifts and talents to bring Christ’s love to many people, pray for us today that the love of Christ in our lives may increase. Pray that we may renounce every sinful habit and refrain from all selfish actions. May we always know your intercession in danger and difficulty, and may we safely reach heaven to adore with you the most Holy Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.

O glorious Apostle St. Jude Thaddaeus, relative of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary, who owes all your great dignity and power to the most Sacred Heart of Jesus: through this Heart, I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon me. I most fervently implore you to look down upon me with your compassion. O, despise not my prayer; let not my trust be confounded. To you God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases. O, come to my aid, that I may praise the mercies of God. All my life, I shall be grateful to you and shall be your faithful client until I can meet you in Heaven and thank Jesus forever in paradise. Amen.

St. Jude, relative of Jesus and Mary, glorious apostle and martyr, renowned for your virtues and miracles, faithful and prompt intercessor for all who honour you and trust in you! Powerful patron and helper in grievous affliction, come to my aid, for you have received from God the privilege of assisting with manifest help those who almost despair. Look down upon me; my life is a life of crosses, and my paths are strewn with thorns. My soul is enveloped in darkness, discouragement, and sometimes even a kind of despair. Divine Providence seems lost to my sight, and faith seems to falter in my heart. You cannot forsake me in this sad plight! I shall not depart from you until you have heard me. Hasten to my aid. I shall thank God for the graces bestowed upon you, and I will propagate your honour in whatever way I can. Amen.

St. Jude, Apostle of Christ, the Church honours and prays to you universally as the patron of hopeless and difficult cases. Pray for us in our needs. Make use, we implore you, of this powerful privilege given to you to bring visible and speedy help where help is needed. Pray that we humbly accept the trials and disappointments and mistakes which are a part of our human nature. Let us see the reflection of the sufferings of Christ in our daily trials and tribulations. Let us see in a spirit of great faith and hope the part we even now share in the joy of Christ’s resurrection, and which we long to share fully in Heaven. Intercede that we may again experience this joy in answer to our present needs if it is God’s desire for us. We know our prayers will be heard through your intercession. Amen.

JESUS

JESUS

 

Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.

He had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.

He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.


He had no army, yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.

He committed no crime, but they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.


Feel honoured to serve such a Leader Who loves us!

St. Jude Thaddaeus

Unless we are born as the children of one of the top five richest families of the world, a head of state, or some similar bureaucrat who is filthy rich and powerful, most of us undergo, often on a daily basis, trials which seem lost and hopeless, situations which appear so extremely difficult that no apparent or imminent resolution exists.

 

It is in cases such as this that faith and hope should play an utmost role in our lives. And because of the need for some special advocate and additional aid on our behalf in times as these, many turn to St. Jude to appeal to his patronage, intercession and aid.

 

St. Jude Thaddaeus is hailed as the patron saint of cases deemed lost and impossible – even among many non-Catholic circles. He is always ready and able to help anyone who turns to him for his intercession and aid.

 

I have personally witnessed the power of his intercession and aid and for this reason I often resort to his patronage even before my conversion to Catholicism. I personally encourage everyone to pray to St. Jude to ask him to pray for and with them in times of severe trial and suffering. It is in times like these that we most need to uphold our faith, hope, and trust in God.

 

I encourage everyone to pray the prayer to St. Jude, even if you are not Roman Catholic. St. Jude is a wonderful and powerful advocate in time of need and he is always ready and willing and able to assist anyone who is undergoing any trial or suffering, no matter how great or small.

 

Prayer to Saint Jude Thaddaeus
Apostle, Martyr, Patron Saint of Impossible Cases

Feast Day
: 28th of October

 

 (To be said when problems arise, or when one seems to be deprived of all visible help, or for cases almost despaired of.)

 

 Most holy and glorious apostle St. Jude Thaddaeus, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered your beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the true Church honours and invokes you universally as the patron saint of hopeless and difficult cases — of things almost despaired of. Pray for me who feels so hopeless and alone. Make use, I implore you, of that special privilege accorded to you by God of bringing visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, so that I may receive the consolations and succour of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings in life, in particular (mention your intentions here), and that I may bless God with you and all the Communion of Saints throughout eternity.

 I promise you, O blessed apostle St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour granted to me by God, always to honour you as my special and powerful patron, and to do all in my power to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.

Litany of St. Jude Thaddaeus

Litany of St. Jude

 

Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

After each invocation respond: pray for us.

 

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

Holy Mary, Mother of the Church,

Holy Mary, Queen of Apostles,

Saint Jude, Apostle of Christ,

Saint Jude, surnamed Thaddeus,

Saint Jude, among “the brethren of the Lord,”

Saint Jude, cousin of the Lord,

Saint Jude, relative of Mary,

Saint Jude, brother of Saint James the Less,

Saint Jude, Zealot party member turned Disciple,

Saint Jude, spiritual heir of the Maccabees,

Saint Jude, one of the Twelve,

Saint Jude, honoured by thy humble Master washing thy feet,

Saint Jude, who received thy Eucharistic Lord from His own hands at the Last Supper,

Saint Jude, Saint of the Impossible,

Saint Jude, Helper in Difficult Cases,

Saint Jude, in whom so many have confidence,

Saint Jude, redeemer of the name of Judas,

Saint Jude, one in whom we can trust,

Saint Jude, sent by Christ on missions of healing,

Saint Jude, sent without silver, staff or sandals,

Saint Jude, sent as a sheep among wolves,

Saint Jude, sent to announce the reign of God,

Saint Jude, promised the Holy Spirit under trial,

Saint Jude, filled with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost,

Saint Jude, witness to the Resurrection of Christ and His Ascension,

Saint Jude, miracle worker,

Saint Jude, to whom the epistle by that name is attributed,

Saint Jude, believed to have preached in Mesopotamia,

Saint Jude, thought to have been martyred with Saint Simon in Persia,

Saint Jude, saint for our needs,

Saint Jude, saint for our times,

Saint Jude, pictured with a burning flame,

Saint Jude, patron of many shrines in thy honour,

Saint Jude, beloved intercessor at novenas,

Saint Jude, inspirer of confidence,

Saint Jude, helper of the persistent,

 

Saint Jude, relative of Jesus and Mary,

St. Jude, deemed worthy while on earth to see Jesus and Mary and to enjoy their company,

St. Jude, raised to the dignity of an Apostle,

St. Jude, who hadst the honour of beholding thy Divine Master humble Himself to wash thy feet,

St. Jude, who at the Last Supper didst receive the Holy Eucharist from the hands of Jesus,

St. Jude, who after the profound grief which the death of thy beloved Master caused thee, hadst the consolation of beholding Him risen from the dead, and of assisting at His glorious Ascension,

St. Jude, who wast filled with the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost,

St. Jude, who didst preach the Gospel in Persia,

St. Jude, who didst convert many people to the Faith,

St. Jude, who didst perform wonderful miracles in the power of the Holy Ghost,

St. Jude, who didst restore an idolatrous king to health of both soul and body,

St. Jude, who didst impose silence on demons and didst confound their oracles,

St. Jude, who didst foretell to a weak prince an honourable peace with his powerful enemy,

St. Jude, who didst take from deadly serpents the power of injuring man,

St. Jude, who, disregarding the threats of the impious, didst courageously preach the doctrine of Christ,

St. Jude, who didst gloriously suffer martyrdom for the love of thy Divine Master,


Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke thee.

Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke thee.

Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke thee.


St. Jude, help of the hopeless, Aid me in my distress.

St. Jude, help of the hopeless, Aid me in my distress.

St. Jude, help of the hopeless, Aid me in my distress.


That by thy intercession, both priests and people of the Church may obtain an ardent zeal for the Faith of Jesus Christ, we beseech thee, hear us.

That thou wouldst defend our Sovereign Pontiff and obtain peace and unity for the Holy Church,

That all heathens and unbelievers may be converted to the True Faith,

That faith, hope and charity may increase in our hearts,

That we may be delivered from all evil thoughts and from all the snares of the devil,

That thou wouldst vouchsafe to aid and protect all those who honour thee,

That thou wouldst preserve us from all sin and from all occasions of sin,

That thou wouldst defend us at the hour of death against the fury of the devil and of his evil spirits,

Pray for us, that before death we may expiate all our sins by sincere repentance and the worthy reception of the holy Sacraments,

Pray for us, that we may appease the Divine Justice and obtain a favourable judgment,

Pray for us, that we may be admitted into the company of the blessed,

Pray for us, to rejoice in the presence of our God forever,

 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.


Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.


V. Pray for us, St. Jude, Apostle of Christ.

R.That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let Us Pray. O glorious Saint Jude Thaddeus, by whose sublime prerogatives wherewith thou wast ennobled in thy lifetime, namely, thy kinship with Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh, and thy vocation to be an Apostle; by that glory which is now thine in Heaven as the reward of thine apostolic labours and thy martyrdom: Obtain for us from the Giver of every good and perfect gift all the graces we stand in need of in order to treasure up in our hearts the divinely inspired doctrines which thou hast transmitted to us in thine Epistle; that is to say, to build our edifice of perfection upon our most holy Faith, praying by the grace of the Holy Spirit; to keep ourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of Jesus Christ unto eternal life; to strive by all means to help those who go astray, exalting thus the glory and majesty, the dominion and power of Him Who is able to keep us without sin and to present us spotless with exceeding joy at the coming of our Divine Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

O God, Who through Thy blessed Apostle Jude Thaddeus hast brought us unto the knowledge of Thy Name, grant us both to celebrate his eternal glory by making progress in virtues, and by celebrating his glory, to advance in virtue, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost art one God, now and forever. Amen.

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