Patron of Desperate Cases
(d. 1st century) While little is known about St. Jude, one of the twelve apostles, his universal invocation for help in impossible or hopeless causes persists today with his patronage for desperate cases. Some believe his help originates from his letter in the New Testament which encourages perseverance in harsh and difficult circumstances.
While related to Jesus, as the nephew of Joseph and Mary, and resembling him physically, he questioned Jesus at the Last Supper, why, after the Resurrection, Jesus would not manifest himself to the entire world.
He preached the Gospel through Mesopotamia, Syria and Persia and suffered martyrdom in Armenia, under Persian rule. Armenia eventually converted to Christianity in the 3rd century. We celebrate St. Jude and perseverance with a handsome Venetian interpretation of this highly celebrated saint.