When my youngest brother and I were still kids, our mom and dad brings us every Thursday night to the National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus in Manila right beside Malacañan Palace, the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines.
|St. Jude, Stained Glass, Chicago IL|
Memorable stories were relayed by my mom about how our devotion to St. Jude started. Here are a brief of my top two favorites: The first story was my dad's prayer of intention that he may be blessed with a job abroad to provide for our family. He devoted his Thursdays there at the Shrine and pray for his intention. "Rain or shine", he said, and even if the doors were closed when he got there late at night. The next story was my mom's. She said that she's been wanting a baby girl for so long since she got four boys already. She told me "I prayed for you there, and granted you to me".
|St. Jude - Chicago, IL|
Watch this video tour of the Shrine in Chicago, IL plus a special prayer that you may use daily:
Thursdays (Manila) are the official novena day of the devotees to pray their special intentions and thanksgiving.
Prayer to St. Jude:
Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use I implore you, of that particular privilege given to you, to bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. 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 (here make your request) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever. I promise, O blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.
Sweet Says... take time to reflect on a lot of things especially the blessings we receive everyday. Experience serenity and deepen our devotion through the help of St. Jude, a faithful friend in times of difficulty.