DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     May 11, 1998     vol. 9, no. 91


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Nine Day Novena to Saint Jude

(Below is abbreviated version and long version. The latter is approved by the Church.)
Short version     Glorious Saint Jude, Apostle and Marytr great in virtue, rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you we have recourse from the depth of our heart and humbly beg to who God has given such great power to come to our assistance. Help us in our present and urgent petition.
    (Mention your petitions)
We promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. St. Jude, pray for us, we who invoke your aid. Amen.
(Say the above with three Our Fathers, Hail Marys, & Glory be's for 9 consecutive days.)


Long version     Glorious Saint Jude Thaddeus, by those sublime privileges with which you were adorned in your lifetime, namely, your relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh, and your vocation to be an Apostle, and by that glory which now is yours in Heaven as the reward of your apostolic laboars and your martyrdom, obtain for us from the Giver of every good and perfect gift all the graces of which we stand in need:
    (Mention your petitions)
May we treasure up in our hearts the divinely inspired doctrines that you have given us in your Epistle: to build our edifice of holiness upon our most holy faith, by praying for the grace of the Holy Spirit; to keep ourselves in the love of God, looking for the Mercy of Jesus Christ unto eternal life; to strive by all means to help those who go astray. May we thus praise the glory and majesty, the dominion and power of Him Who is able to keep us without sin and to present us spotless with great joy at the coming of our Divine Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


     Saint Jude, Apostle of Christ and glorious martyr, we desire to honor you with a special devotion. We choose you as our patron and protector. To you we entrust our souls and our bodies, all our spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of our families. To you we consecrate our minds so that in all things they may be enlightened by faith; our hearts so that you may keep them pure and fill them with love for Jesus and Mary; our wills so that, like yours, they may always be one with the Will of God. We beg you to help us to master our evil inclinations and temptations and to avoid all occasions of sin. Obtain for us the grace of never offending God, of fulfilling faithfully all the duties of our states of life, and of practicing all those virtues that are needful for our salvation. Pray for us, our holy patron and helper, so that, being inspired by your example and assisted by your prayers, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to the glory of Heaven, there to love and thank God forever. Amen.


     O God, You made Your Name known to us through the Apostles. By the intercession of Saint Jude, let Your Church continue to grow with an increased number of believers. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

May 11, 1998       volume 9, no. 91     PRAYERS & DEVOTION

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