Puzzled about St. Jude Prayer


#1

I am hoping someone will shed some light here. I am dedicated to St. Jude he has been one of my favorite Saints as far as I can remember. However, I am a puzzled at the word “traitor” in this particular prayer.

I always thought it was Judas Iscariot was a “traitor” and not St. Jude Thaddeus?

Most holy Apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered the 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 this 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 succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (here 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 do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.

OR

St. Jude, glorious Apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many, but the true Church invokes you universally as the Patron of things despaired of; pray for me, that finally I may receive the consolations and the succor of Heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request), and that I may bless God with the Elect throughout Eternity. Amen.


#2

I think that’s exactly the point. Because Judas Iscariot is so famous (infamous) for his betrayal, most people overlook his namesake, Jude Thaddeus. (In Luke 6:16 NAB, both are called Judas.)

I agree, though, that the phrase can be rather confusing, and I don’t think it adds much to the meaning of the prayer.


#3

Exactly. It’s not saying that St Jude Thaddeus is the same person as the traitor Judas Iscariot. It is merely saying that because they both share the same first name (which became somewhat tainted by its association with the traitor) devotion to St Jude Thaddeus was very low-key for many centuries. Which is true enough.


#4

I have seen a more recent version of this prayer which omits that sentence entirely.


#5

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