Our St. Jude Thaddeus Plaque (in Germany, St. Judas Thaddäus) – the “patron saint of impossible causes” – is depicted here holding the image of Jesus in his hand (go to History/Story tab) and preaching the Good News in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia and Libya. According to tradition (and as depicted in the bottom left of the plaque), he was marytred c. 65 AD in Beirut, Lebanon (then in the Roman province of Syria) by beheading or being clubbed to death. This solid bronze plaque is the perfect gift for a birthday, first communion, confirmation, and the feast day of Saint Jude Thaddeus on October 28th.
A Solid Bronze Wall Plaque in Three Sizes
Available in three sizes – small (p223k – 2.25 x 1.9 inches), medium (p17m – 4 x 3.5 inches), or large (p259g – 7.9 x 6.3 inches) – this solid bronze plaque will hang with ease on any wall at home or office. This plaque was conceived and cast in Germany by a world-renowned master goldsmith. This plaque is an especially appropriate gift for that special “Jude,” “Thaddeus,” or “Thad” in your life!
Jude or Thaddeus? – The Saint of Impossible Causes
“Jude, son of James” is listed among the Twelve Apostles in Luke 6:16 and Acts 1:13. But in the lists of the Twelve Apostles in Matthew 10:3 and Mark 3:18, “Thaddeus” is substituted for “Jude.” Consequently, since early times many have harmonized the two lists by joining the two names as “Jude Thaddeus.” “Thaddeus” was also preferred over time to “Jude” since “Jude” and “Judas” (as in “Judas Iscariot”) are the same name. But why is he the “patron saint of impossible causes”? According to tradition, after his death by martyrdom, pilgrims came to pray at his tomb where many of them experienced his powerful and efficacious intercession on their behalf. Thus arose the title “Saint for the Hopeless and the Despaired.” St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Bernard received visions from God who asked them to promote St. Jude as “The Patron Saint of the Impossible.”