A tribute to St. Jude, for prayers answered.
I'm quite sure there are supposed to be an "official" text to honor St. Jude for the answer to prayer. I'm afraid I don't know what it is! St. Jude (Thaddeus) was a close relative of Christ. He has been associated with "hopeless causes", and is revered in the Church east and west as a Saint. Here is his Orthodox icon:
Since the advent of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital St. Jude has also been associated with cancer research and care of children with cancer. Another Orthodox saint of the 20th century, St. John of San Francisco, is also one who cares for children, has cured cancer, and has been part of my life since Pascha 1996, when my godfather gave me this icon, telling me "I think you might need this". The icon:
Interestingly (and not coincidental, I believe) the Old Calendar churches celebrate the feast of these two saints concurrently. Actually, the feast for St. John is on the nearest Saturday to June 19 (OS), to avoid a conflict with the feast of the Apostle. St. John of San Francisco held special devotion to my patron, St. John of Kronstadt, who was known as one who cared for children, primarily orphans. An icon and relic of St. John of Kronstadt can be found in the Cathedral "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco, the parish of St. John of San Francisco, and where his relics lie.
Prayers to St. Jude and St. John of San Francisco, from the Orthodox tradition, celebrated June 19:
Troparion of the Apostle Jude Tone 1
We know thee as Christ's kinsman and martyr/ and praise thee with holy chant./ O Apostle Jude, thou didst trample on error/ and preserve the Faith./ As today we celebrate thy memory,/ through thy prayers may our sins be forgiven.
Troparion to St John Tone 6
Glorious apostle to an age of coldness and unbelief,/ invested with the grace-filled power of the saints of old,/ divinely illumined seer of heavenly mysteries,/ feeder of orphans, hope of the hopeless,/ thou didst enkindle on earth the fire of love for Christ/ upon the dark eve of the day of judgement./ Pray now that this sacred flame/ may also rise from our hearts.
Kontakion of the Apostle Jude Tone 1
Thou hast sprung as a divine branch from a noble root, O Apostle and Brother of God,/ wise herald of Christ and the Lord's eye-witness,/ thou hast nourished the world with thy words/ and as the Lord's initiate thou dost teach the Orthodox Faith.
Kontakion of St John Tone 8
Chosen wonderworker and superb servant of Christ/ who pourest out in the latter times/ inexhaustible streams of inspiration and multitude of miracles,/ we praise thee with love and call out to thee:/ Rejoice, holy Hierarch John, wonderworker of the latter times.
Prayers to St. Jude from the Roman Catholic tradition:
I am publishing this prayer in thanks to St. Jude for favours recieved in the past and for that which I now petition. This is a very powerful prayer, and in the past I have gained relief and comfort by using it.
Prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus
Most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone. Make use I implore you, of that particular privilege given 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 consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly -- (Here make your request) and that I may praise God with you and all the elect forever. I promise, O 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.
St. Jude, apostle of the Word of God, pray for us.
St. Jude, follower of the Son of God, pray for us.
St. Jude, preacher of the love of God, pray for us.
St. Jude, intercessor before God, pray for us.
St. Jude, friend of all in need, pray for us.
St. Jude, pray for us, and for all who invoke your aid.
To be said when problems arise or when one seems to be
deprived of all visible help, or for cases almost despaired of.