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Do you have to be Catholic to make a 9-day novena to St. Jude?

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The Novena to Saint Jude is recited by anyone who is in a place of desperation in his life, as Saint Jude is the Patron Saint of the desperate. The prayer is meant for any person experiencing a difficult problem that he cannot face or cope with on his own.

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The Novena is said over the span of nine consecutive days and is usually combined with fasting, meditating and praying with a fervent heart. The intention and primary mission of the prayer is to meet a special need or resolve a specific problem. The St. Jude Novena Site explains that the series of prayers over nine days is typically recited alone in a quiet environment, using a personalized rhythm and cadence.

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