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Celebrate the Solemn Novena to St. Jude

As God calls us always into renewed relationship with Him in both joyous and difficult times, devotion to St. Jude gives us a meaningful way to respond to that call. Through our Solemn Novena prayers to St. Jude, we express our deep desire to grow in faith and to draw closer to God.

What weighs on your heart that has drawn you to St. Jude Novena prayer? Send your Novena prayer to the National Shrine of St. Jude, where it is delivered to the altar of St. Jude and remembered in our Masses and prayers along with the prayers of multitudes of St. Jude devotees.

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Why pray with us during the Solemn Novena to St. Jude

The nine days of novena prayer signify the nine days the twelve Apostles prayed together between Jesus’ Ascension and Pentecost, when they were filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit. St. Jude was one of the Apostles and a cousin of Jesus.

The St. Jude League offers a simple way to pray the Solemn Novena to St. Jude five times each year. Sign up to receive nine days of St. Jude Novena prayer, sent to your email address.

St. Jude promises to deliver our prayers to God, and in turn to give us comfort and hope as we wait to see how life will unfold. It is then, as we wait and discern how we can best continue moving forward while our needs remain, that God fulfills His assurance that He is with us always.

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How do I pray the Solemn Novena to St. Jude?

Our prayer life is a response to the needs and blessings of our days. The desire to pray to St. Jude comes from our needs. Your prayer can be as simple as "St. Jude, pray for us," or "Thank you, St. Jude." Through our prayer, St. Jude offers us another source to appreciate the wisdom of God and to receive the strength of the Holy Spirit—all helping us through our challenges.

The Solemn Novena to St. Jude is an opportunity to pray in a unique way, placing our petitions before the Patron Saint of Hope for his intercession. We invigorate our regular daily prayer by dedicating these nine days to placing our special intentions and gratitude before God and sharing with Him our specific petitions.

Novena prayer also includes time for reflection, and our special Prayer to St. Jude.

Prayer to St. Jude

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hope. Please intercede on my behalf. Make use of that particular privilege given to you to bring hope, comfort, and help where they are needed most. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven as I work with my challenges, particularly (here make your request). I praise God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor, to always honor you as my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you. Amen.

Upcoming Novenas and directions to the Shrine

Novena services are held daily at 5:30 p.m. except on Sundays at 3 p.m.:

  • October Solemn Novena, October 26 - November 3, 2019
  • Christmas Novena of Masses, December 25, 2019 - January 2, 2020
  • February Solemn Novena, February 15 - 23, 2020
  • Spring Solemn Novena, April 25 - May 3, 2020
  • June Solemn Novena, June 20 - 28, 2020
  • August Solemn Novena, August 22 - 28, 2020
  • October Solemn Novena, October 24 - November 1, 2020

The National Shrine of St. Jude is located at 3200 E. 91st Street in the South Chicago neighborhood of Chicago.

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