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St. Jude the Apostle

According to the New Testament, Jude was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is generally identified with Thaddeus, and is also variously called Jude of James, Jude Thaddaeus, Judas Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus. He is sometimes identified with Jude, the brother of Jesus, but is clearly distinguished from Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus prior to his crucifixion.

The Armenian Apostolic Church honors Thaddeus along with Saint Bartholomew as its patron saints. In the Roman Catholic Church, he is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes.

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. Another common attribute is Jude holding an image of Jesus Christ, in the Image of Edessa. In some instances, he may be shown with a scroll or a book (the Epistle of Jude) or holding a carpenter's rule.

Jude Painting - Saint Jude Thaddeus by Jusepe de Ribera

Saint Jude Thaddeus, Jusepe de Ribera

 Painting - Saint Jude Thaddeus by Gentile da Fabriano

Saint Jude Thaddeus, Gentile da Fabrian

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Apostle St Thaddeus (Jude), El Greco

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St. Jude Thaddeus, Georges de La Tour

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St. Jude Thaddeus heals King Abgar, Georg Wilhelm Neunhertz

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Design for an Apostle series : St. Thaddeus, Hans Leonhard Schäufelein

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"Christ and the twelve apostles " St. Jude Thaddeus, Lucas Cranach the Elder

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