Help of the Hopeless

Jusepe de Ribera (Lo Spagnoletto), Saint Jude Thaddeus, c. 1609-10

Jusepe de Ribera (Lo Spagnoletto), Saint Jude Thaddeus, c. 1609-10

The Litany of St Jude Thaddeus

(For private use)


Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, 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 Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

Saint Jude, relative of Jesus and Mary,
Pray for us.
St. Jude, deemed worthy while on earth to see Jesus and Mary and to enjoy their company,
Pray for us.
St. Jude, raised to the dignity of an Apostle, etc.
St. Jude, who hadst the honor 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 honorable 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,
We beseech thee, hear us.
That all heathens and unbelievers may be converted to the True Faith, etc.
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 honor 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 favorable judgment,
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 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.

V. Saint Jude, pray for us,
R. And for all who invoke thine aid.

Let Us Pray.

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. R. Amen.

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3 Responses to Help of the Hopeless

  1. Help of the hopeless?
    That is what he most definitely is.
    And the litany is splendid.

  2. kathleen says:

    I wholeheartedly agree Robert!

    A short anecdote…. Some years ago I was hiking in the mountains in southern Spain with my husband and friends. Much to our surprise we came upon a shrine to St. Jude Thaddeus, beautifully attended, clean, with flowers and candles (unlit of course) lost in the wilds! It was truly amazing. After looking around further, we did see a small “cortijo” (a farm house) about half a mile or so away, so I can only imagine that it was the people there who came to look after their little shrine, and perhaps pray to this patron saint of the “hopeless”.

  3. Saint Jude is amazing. We have a recent post on Novena.com about why he is known as the saint of the impossible.

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