St Jude – Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases and Lost Causes


St Jude - watermarked Harriet Muller

I came across St. Jude by accident; I was flicking through a copy of the parish bible when the novena prayer to St. Jude fell into my hands.  I was going through a difficult time trying to sell my flat with two sales falling through at the last minute and the deadline to move was fast approaching with no buyer.  I thought why not pray this novena? So I did, and on the ninth day, fifteen minutes after I finished the prayer I received a call from the estate agent to tell me that not only did I have a buyer, but he had already paid a deposit for my flat.

St. Jude continues to help in remarkable ways so I felt inspired to do a painting of what I imagined he would be like. The storm unfolds behind him with the lighthouse standing steadfast, its fire burning brightly to guide us through the wind and the rain. St. Jude remains calm through it all, offering us an image of hope when we think all is lost and everything seems impossible.

If you would like to learn more about St. Jude please click here. The Novena I prayed is the one below:

NOVENA TO ST JUDE (to be said 6 times each day for 9 consecutive days)


May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, and loved in all the tabernacles until the end of time. Amen.

May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen.

St. Jude pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen.

Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Blessed be the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Blessed be St. Jude Thaddeus, in all the world and for all eternity.

Our Father

Hail Mary

Prayer to Saint Jude

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honours and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.

Intercede with God for me that He brings 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 –

(make your request here)

– and that I may praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour granted me by God and to always honour you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.



Slide show of the different stages of the St Jude painting




About hArt

Anglo Costa Rican artist who likes to tell stories.
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