St. Jude - S-Jude

This is a beautiful hand-carved statue made from the blessed olive wood in the Holy Land.  St. Jude is the patron saint of "Lost Causes", when all else fails, call on St. Jude. St. Jude preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia and Libya.  King Abgar of Edessa (a city located in what is now southeast Turkey) sent a letter to Jesus to cure him of an illness that afflicts him, and sent the envoy Hannan, the keeper of the archives, offering his own home city to Jesus as a safe dwelling place. The envoy painted a likeness of Jesus with choice paints, or impressed with Abgar´s great faith, Jesus pressed his face into a cloth and gave it to Hannan to take to Abgar with his answer. Upon seeing Jesus´ image, the king placed it with great honor in one of his palatial houses. After Christ had ascended to heaven, St. Jude was sent to King Abgar by the Apostle St. Thomas. The king was cured and astonished. He converted to Christianity along with most of the people under his rule. Now, St. Jude is traditionally depicted carrying the image of Jesus in his hand or close to his chest.  This statue stands to approximately 8.5" tall.

This piece is specifically made by Christian Palestinians in the Holy Land.