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Thread #31602   Message #412140
Posted By: Joe Offer
06-Mar-01 - 02:24 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Hail Glorious St. Patrick
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hail Glorious St. Patrick
Nope. Didn't find any hymns to St. Jude. I found al sorts of off-the-wall saints like Maria Goretti and Joan of Arc and John Baptist de la Salle (Manufacturer of Christian Brothers brandy), St. Ursula, and St. Cecelia (patron saint of organists - song is "Let the Deep Organ Swell the Lay"). You'd think with all that, they could afford one song to St. Jude, patron of hopeless cases.

St. Jude should not be confused with St. Rita, "Patron Saint of the Impossible." Rita doesn't attach any strings to the process of accomplishing the impossible. Jude, on the other hand, has a real racket going. Tradition has it that prayers to St. Jude must be published in order for them to work. I have always had the impression that this cult was started by a newspaper publisher. Our local advertising newspaper always has three or four ads that are prayers to St. Jude. Can't say I agree with that sort of theology, and it's not officially recognized by the Catholic Church. If you look on it as folklore, it's kind of an interesting tradition. In fact, most of the practices connected with veneration of the saints are best looked upon as folklore.

I never did get the connection between St. Jude and Danny Thomas, but there's something there...

-Joe Offer-