Saint Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes. Though devotion to saints is a Roman Catholic tradition, the devotion to Saint Jude transcends organized religions and is accepted by people of many religious traditions. When people are desperate and have no where else to turn, St Jude is always available.
A novena is by its very name a devotion that is repeated on nine consecutive days. Here is one of the ways that the prayer and the devotion can be followed.
Prayer of St. Jude
Say this prayer for nine consecutive days.
Oh glorious apostle St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Master into the hands of His enemies has caused thee to be forgotten by many, but the Church honors and invokes thee universally as the patron of hopeless cases-of things despaired of. Pray for me who am so miserable; make use, I implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded thee of bringing visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need, that I may receive the consolations and succor of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly (mention your request), and that I may bless God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. Amen
Follow with three Our Fathers.
Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Three Hail Mary’s.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Three Glory Be’s.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
This is just one option for doing the nine day Novena to St. Jude. Another option is to sign up for the Novena at the National Shrine of St. Jude on their website. They will send you a new prayer each day of the nine day novena. If you are in need , why not ask St Jude to intercede for you, he is there to help those who need him. Hopeless causes are his specialty.