October 20, 2010
St. Jude Novena
A gentle reminder, my dear friends and readers, that today is the day to begin the St. Jude Novena. It is also (coincidentally?) the first anniversary of the Vatican's announcement that the Church will create "personal ordinariates" for Anglicans wishing to return to the Roman Church. We like to call it "The Anglo-Catholic Reunification Day"--so quickly, say your novena prayer for whatever hopeless causes you have (and while you're at it, add a quick "Pray for us, St. George") and then grab a pint. (St. Peter's Ale seems especially fitting.)
(When you pray the novena to St. Jude you also promise to promote his name and help. One prayer talks about how his name is shadowed by the name of Judas, the traitor, so its our job (if you will) to restore his good name.)
Here's my favorite versions of the prayer:
O most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, people honor and invoke you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, for I am so helpless and alone. Please help to bring me visible and speedy assistance. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (state your request) and that I may praise God with you always.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Sacred Heart of Jesus,
have mercy on us.
St. Jude, worker of miracles,
pray for us.
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
pray for us.
For other versions based on specific circumstances (including troubled marriages and relationships, and financial assistance), please visit here. If you'd like to donate to a St. Jude Cause, I'd recommend his shrine at St. Dominic's in San Francisco.
As I look back in the archives, I see we've prayed this novena 3 times together, which is really quite wonderful! If you're praying it, and mentioning it on your own blog, do drop a line in the comments! (Icon by Robert Lenz)