Litany of Saint Jude Thaddeus - Litany One
Lord, have mercy on us.
    Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.  Christ, hear us.
    Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
    Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
    Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
    Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
    Have mercy on us.

Saint Jude, relative of Jesus and Mary,
    Pray for us.
St. Jude, deemed worthy while on earth to see Jesus and Mary
    and to enjoy their company,
Pray for us.
St. Jude, raised to the dignity of an Apostle, etc.
St. Jude, who hadst the honor of beholding thy Divine Master
    humble Himself to wash thy feet,
St. Jude, who at the Last Supper didst receive the Holy    
    Eucharist from the hands of Jesus,
St. Jude, who after the profound grief which the death of thy
    beloved Master caused thee, hadst the consolation of
    beholding Him risen from the dead, and of assisting at His
    glorious Ascension,
St. Jude, who wast filled with the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost,
St. Jude, who didst preach the Gospel in Persia,
St. Jude, who didst convert many people to the Faith,
St. Jude, who didst perform wonderful miracles in the power of
    the Holy Ghost,
St. Jude, who didst restore an idolatrous king to health of both
    soul and body,
St. Jude, who didst impose silence on demons and didst
    confound their oracles,
St. Jude, who didst foretell to a weak prince an honorable peace
    with his powerful enemy,
St. Jude, who didst take from deadly serpents the power of   
    injuring man,
St. Jude, who, disregarding the threats of the impious, didst
    courageously preach the doctrine of Christ,
St. Jude, who didst gloriously suffer martyrdom for the love of
    thy Divine Master,

Blessed Apostle,
    With confidence we invoke thee.  
Blessed Apostle,
    With confidence we invoke thee.  
Blessed Apostle,
    With confidence we invoke thee.  
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
    Aid me in my distress.
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
    Aid me in my distress.
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
    Aid me in my distress.

That by thy intercession, both priests and people of the Church
    may obtain an ardent zeal for the Faith of Jesus Christ,
    We beseech thee, hear us.
That thou wouldst defend our Sovereign Pontiff and obtain
    peace and unity for the Holy Church,
    We beseech thee, hear us.
That all heathens and unbelievers may be converted to the
    True Faith, etc.
That faith, hope and charity may increase in our hearts,
That we may be delivered from all evil thoughts and from all the
    snares of the devil,
That thou wouldst vouchsafe to aid and protect all those who
    honor thee,
That thou wouldst preserve us from all sin and from all
    occasions of sin,
That thou wouldst defend us at the hour of death against the
    fury of the devil and of his evil spirits,
Pray for us, that before death we may expiate all our sins by
    sincere repentance and the worthy reception of the
    holy Sacraments,
Pray for us, that we may appease the Divine Justice and obtain
    a favorable judgment,
Pray for us, that we may be admitted into the  company of the
    blessed, to rejoice in the presence of our God forever,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Have mercy on us.

V.    Saint Jude, pray for us,
R.    And for all who invoke thine aid.

Let Us Pray

        O God, Who through Thy blessed Apostle Jude Thaddeus hast brought us unto the knowledge of Thy Name, grant us both to celebrate his eternal glory by making progress in virtues, and by celebrating his glory, to advance in virtue, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost art one God, now and forever.  R. Amen.


            St.  Jude Thaddeus, Apostle, and Helper in Hopeless and Desperate Cases: One of the twelve Apostles, St. Jude was the brother of the Apostle James the Less and was a near relative of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he is one of "the brethren of the Lord" mentioned in Matthew 13:55.  St. Jude firmly established the Church of Edessa, and then visited the whole of Mesopotamia.  He was martyred in Persia, and his body was translated to Rome where it rests in St. Peter's Basilica.  St. Bernard of Clairvaux venerated a relic of St. Jude throughout his life, and then asked that the relic be placed on his breast and buried with him when he died.  St. Jude is often represented wearing a picture of Our Lord on his breast, to commemorate Our Lord's miraculous imprinting of His face on a cloth.