Saint Jude Thaddeus was a part of the 12 Apostles – in Matthew and Mark he’s listed as Thaddeus and in Luke he’s listed as Judas. He’s also the cousin of Jesus along with his brother St. James the Lesser.
St. Jude was widely venerated in the early Church, but from around the end of the Middle Ages to the 20th century, he disappeared into obscurity.
This is possibly because of the confusion surrounding his name – it’s the same as Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus.
Jesus seeing this, gave a vision to St. Bridget of Sweden in the 1300s asking that St. Jude become the patron of impossible causes, since people were only going to the Saint when they were really desperate.
In the vision He said, “In accordance with his surname, Thaddeus, the amiable or loving, he will show himself most willing to help”. Now St. Jude might be the most popular Apostle (as well as Saint in general) to pray to and his intercession is very powerful.
He’s depicted with the tongue of fire from Pentecost over his head and holding a medallion with the face of Jesus as memorial of the miracle surround the conversion of the King of Edessa.*
He also has a staff in hand because of his travels throughout Mesopotamia, Libya and Persia to spread the Word of God.
He was traditionally martyred alongside St. Simon the Zealot, another of the Apostles, and both their remains share a casket in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
*I love the King of Edessa story. It’s so strange. The king was extremely sick and had heard of the powers of Jesus to heal, so he asked for an image of Jesus to be painted. St. Jude told Jesus this request, to which Jesus responded by pressing his face into a cloth and transferring onto it an image of his face. When Jude gave it to the king, the king was healed and it caused him to convert. Why it’s a medallion now, I have no idea, but I love the mental image of Jude going to Jesus and Jesus wiping his face in a cloth and giving it to him. It’s even better because Jude is one of the Apostles so he knew Jesus during his Earthly ministry. They were buds.
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