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Solemn Novena to St. Jude

Celebrate the Solemn Novena to St. Jude
Why St. Jude Novena Prayer?
How do I pray to St. Jude?
Schedule of St. Jude Novenas and directions to the Shrine

Celebrate the Solemn Novena to St. Jude

As a Novena devotee of St. Jude, your prayers are especially meaningful. By setting aside time for these nine days of Solemn Novena Prayer you are making way for the intercession of St. Jude in your heart and life.

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 joined with the prayer of multitudes of St. Jude devotees.

Why St. Jude Novena Prayer?

The nine days of prayer signify the nine days the early Apostles prayed together during the time between the Ascension of Jesus and Pentecost, when they were truly inspired with the presence of the Holy Spirit. St. Jude was one of the Apostles and a cousin to Jesus.

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

The hope of St. Jude teaches us that his saintly intercession takes away our desperation. Our causes placed before God are no longer hopeless, and our ability to navigate through life's challenges is strengthened.

How do I pray to St. Jude?

Your desire to pray to St. Jude comes not from you, but from God calling you to pray. Your prayer can be as simple as "St. Jude, pray for us," or "Thank you, St. Jude."

Novena prayer is an open door for you to walk through and spend time with the God who loves you. You are most human, and most loved by God, when you share with Him your specific petitions.

Our prayer includes reflection, along with our special Prayer to St. Jude. One is printed below; another is included in our video at the top of the page:


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.

Schedule of Novenas and directions to the Shrine

Solemn Novenas to St. Jude will take place the following dates at the National Shrine of St. Jude in Chicago in 2016:

  • February Solemn Novena, February 13 - 21, 2016
  • May Solemn Novena, April 23 - May 1, 2016
  • June Solemn Novena, June 18 - 26, 2016
  • August Solemn Novena, August 20 - 28, 2016
  • October Solemn Novena, October 22 - 30, 2016

Novena Services take place Monday through Saturday at the National Shrine of St. Jude at 5:30 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. (Spanish), and on Sunday at 3:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. (Spanish)
Get directions to the Shrine.