Prayer in Grievous Affliction to Saint Jude Thaddeus

statues of Saint Jude Thaddeus, date and artist unknown; parish church of Saint Otto, Bamberg, Germany; photographed on 2 February 2016 by ermell; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsO Saint Jude Thaddeus, thou relative of Jesus Christ, thou glorious apostle and martyr, renowned for thy virtues and miracles, faithful and prompt intercessor of all who honor thee and trust in thee! Thou art a powerful patron and helper in grievous afflictions. I come to thee and entreat thee from the depths of my heart, come to my aid with thy powerful intercession, for thou hast received from God the privilege to assist with thy manifest help, those who almost despair of all hope. Look down upon me; my life is a life of crosses, my days are days of tribulation, and my heart is an ocean of bitterness. All my paths are strewn with thorns and scarcely one moment passes but is witness of my tears and sighs. And withal, my soul is enveloped in darkness; disquietude, discouragement, mistrust, yes, sometimes even a kind of despair preys upon my soul. Divine Providence seems lost to my sight, and faith seems to falter in my heart. Overwhelmed by these thoughts I see myself surrounded by a dark cloud. Thou canst not forsake me in this sad plight. I will not depart from thee until thou hast heard me. Oh! hasten to my aid. I will be grateful to thee all my life. I will honor thee as my special patron, I will thank God for the graces bestowed upon thee, and will propagate thy honor according to my power. Amen.

Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke thee!

text taken from Saint Jude Thaddeus, Helper in Desperate Cases by the Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration of Clyde Missouri, 10th edition, 1931. It has the Nihil Obstat of Philippus, Abbas Neo-Angelo Montanus, and the Imprimatur of +Franciscus, Episcopus Sancti Josephi