Feast of Saint Jude
Today we celebrate the heroic faith and virtue of Saint Jude Thaddeus, one of the original 12 apostles. He went to Mesopotamia, modern Iraq and helped establish many churches along with Saint Thomas. He was martyred around 65 AD with a club or axe and hence his image is often portrayed holding a club. His remains were brought back to Rome where they remain below Saint Peter's to this day. He is the patron saint of particularly difficult and desperate situations based on his encouraging epistle to the Church that was undergoing perilous times in the first century.
We just completed a novena to Saint Jude for a specific concern. We keep the candle* of Saint Jude on the table during the 9 days of prayer. This is a quiet reminder of the effectual and righteous prayers being said on our behalf.
Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1:24)
*Prayer candles can be had at many local supermarkets!