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ST JUDE, SAINT OF THE IMPOSSIBLE OCT 28 amanuningbie.com

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Published on Oct 27, 2010

http://amanuningbie.com ST. JUDE THADDEUS is the first cousin of Jesus. He is the son of Cleophas (Alpheus) and Mary Cleophas who is the sister of the Virgin Mary. He is the brother of James the Less. Mathew and Mark call him Thaddeus to differentiate him from Judas Iscariot, the betrayer. Thaddeus is a Greek name, which means 'great-hearted one'. Jude means 'giver of joy'.
The Apostle is said to have suffered martyrdom in Persia. Tradition tells us that he was clubbed into insensibility (beaten to death) and after that his head was shattered with a broad axe. Another version tells us that the Apostle was martyred, aged 80 in Armenia where he was crucified on a cross and pierced with arrows. Because of these beliefs, St. Jude's pictures and statues depict him holding a club, an arrow and an axe. He is the patron saint of golfers.
St. Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand. It represents the imprint of the Divine Countenance that was entrusted to him by Jesus. King Abagar of Syria, asked Jesus to cure him of leprosy and also sent an artist to bring him a drawing of Jesus Christ. Impressed with King Abagar's great faith, Our Lord pressed his face on a cloth and gave it to St. Jude to take to King Abagar and cure him. The King was cured and converted to Christianity along with most of his subjects.
After the martyrdom, pilgrims came to his grave to pray and many of them, experienced the powerful intercessions of St. Jude. Thus he is now well known for the titles: Saint of the impossible, Saint for the Hopeless and the Desperate cases. In 1548, Pope Paul III declared the feast of St. Jude to be celebrated on October 28 every year.
Bible's reference to Saint Jude is short, just as his letter which is again the last of the 'Epistles of the Apostles'. Many historians conclude that Saint Jude preached along with St. Peter. He spread faith in Christ starting from Judaea, Galilee, Samaria, Idumaea, Arabia, Syria, Mesopotamia and to the city of Edessa. According to Eusebius, he returned to Jerusalem in 62 AD for the 'The Council of the Apostles', and assisted at the election of St. Simon Peter as Bishop of Jerusalem. The ' Epistle of Jude ' in the New Testament was written by him in the Greek language and was addressed to Churches of the East. It warns against the doctrine that tries to pervert God's grace into licentious immoral living.
Judas, not the Iscariot, asked Jesus, "Lord, how can it be that you will show yourself clearly to us and not to the world?" Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him; and we will come to him and make our home with him."

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