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St Jude, relative of the Lord

The holy apostle Jude, relative of the Lord is honored by the Byzantine Church today. In addition to being an apostle he is in-charge of difficult cases. He is frequently invoked by medical professionals and those who are living with illness.

“Like many of the other apostles, Jude’s name has several variations. In the Gospels he is called Judas; Luke adds, “son of James,” and John says parenthetically, “not the Iscariot.” Matthew and Mark call him Thaddeus, no doubt because of the odium associated with the name Judas. Jude, as we know him, was one of the Twelve, and a relative of Christ through James.

Aside from mention of Jude in the Gospels and his own letter which is part of the New Testament Canon, there is nothing known of his life or manner of death.

The Epistle of Jude is addressed to all Christians. His work was a contribution to the complex struggle of the infant Church against heresy. Jude’s letter is witness to the Church’s steadfast confirmation of Apostolic Tradition and law.” (NS)

Saints Simon and Jude


Sts Simon and Jude.jpgO God, who by the blessed Apostles have brought us to
acknowledge your Name, grant graciously, through the intercession of Saints
Simon and Jude, that the Church may constantly grow by increase of the people
who believe in you.


Today, the Dominican community and the assembled laity –about 150 people– honored Saint Jude by the Sacrifice of the Mass and the re-dedication ceremony of the Shrine to St Jude located at the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena (NYC). The Shrine of Saint Jude had been recently renovated, thus honoring the memory of this great intercessor. These last nine days the annual Novena to Saint Jude led by Dominican Fathers Walter and Bruno, pastor and curate respectively at Saint Vincent Ferrer Church.

The St Jude Shrine assists the Priory and Church of Saint Catherine of Siena by their prayers and the financial support given to the Dominican Friars Healthcare Ministry of NY (the Catholic chaplaincy and professional bioethics center for the 4 area hospitals).

The website of the Dominican Shrine of Saint Jude can be visited here.

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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