Prayer to St. Jude
To be said in great affliction, or when one seems to be
deprived of all visible help, or for cases despaired of.
Most holy apostle St. Jude, faithful
servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who
delivered your beloved Master into the hands of His enemies
has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the Church honors
and invokes you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases,
of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable;
make use I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded
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 consolations and help of heaven in all
my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings particularly ---
(Her make your request) and that I may bless God with you and
all the elect forever. I promise you, O blessed St. Jude, to
be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to
honor you as my special and powerful patron and to gratefully
encourage devotion to you, Amen.
The Memorare is a beautiful prayer that expresses our confidence in
the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is attributed to St.
Bernard of Clairvaux.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that
any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help
or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired
by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of
virgins my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I
stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word
Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy
hear and answer me, Amen.