The parish is blessed to have a shrine to St. Jude, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Lord. He is known as the patron saint of hope and impossible causes. We are honored to have a relic of the Saint.
The Gospel reveals to us that St. Jude was the brother of St. James the Less, also one of the Twelve. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jude and James are known as the “brethren” of Jesus, likely the Lord’s cousins. One thing is certain, St. Jude is not to be confused with the one who betrayed Jesus, Judas Iscariot.
As an Apostle St. Jude was sent to Lebanon, Mesopotamia, Libya, and Persia with St. Simon preaching and building up the Church. In AD 65 Jude faced death as a martyr. His bones rest at the altar of St. Joseph in St. Peter’s Basilica with the bones of Simon the Zealot.
The troparion for St. Jude’s feast:
With the praise that your holy life deserves, we keep your memory today, O valiant apostle and relative of the Lord, for by your brave and courageous martyrdom, you trampled the forces of evil and deceit while preserving the faith. By your prayers, then we implore you: Obtain for us remission of our sins.
In the Byzantine Church, St. Jude’s feast day is June 19.
The shrine is open for prayer seven days a week, 24 hours a day.