By Christina Hermoso
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will preside over a concelebrated holy mass at 5:30 p.m. Monday, October 28, at the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Jude on J.P. Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila, in solemn commemoration of the joint feast day of the two pillars of the Roman Catholic Church – Saints Jude Thaddeus and Simon, two of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.
Hourly masses will also be held at the shrine from 5 a.m. to 12 noon, and at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. A solemn procession is scheduled Sunday at 4 p.m., while novena masses were held from Oct. 19-27.
Saint Jude was the author of a short epistle in the New Testament known as the Letter of Jude. Venerated as the patron saint for desperate and impossible cases, devotion to St. Jude has become widespread in many countries. In the Philippines, novenas in his honor are recited by devotees every Thursday to seek for his intercession for impossible and hopeless cases as well as in thanksgiving for favors granted.
The Church considers St. Jude and St. Simon, called the Zealot because of his enthusiasm for the Jewish law, the “Pillars of the Catholic faith.” Their names appear together in the Canon of the Mass.
The two great apostles preached in Mesopotamia, Persia (Iran), and Egypt. They were later martyred while defending the Christian faith.