Thaddeus was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is variously called Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus , Judas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. He is sometimes identified with Jude, "brother" of Jesus, but is clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, another disciple and later the betrayer of Jesus.

He is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. We do not think that service to our communities is a desperate case or a lost cause, but is seemed to me to be a nice connection.

Saint Jude's attribute is a club. He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head. This represents his presence at Pentecost, when he received the Holy Spirit with the other apostles. Occasionally he is represented holding an axe or halberd, as he was brought to death by one of these weapons. In some instances he may be shown with a scroll or a book (the Epistle of Jude) or holding a carpenter's rule.

Saint Jude Thaddeus by Georges de La Tour.
c. 1615-1620.

len engel, senior geek

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