The Two Judes

The Two Judes When St. Matthew and St. Mark wrote their Gospels, they attempted to avoid confusion between the two men by listing them apart. They called our St. Jude only by the name of Thaddaeus. When they listed the twelve Apostles, they placed the traitor last and classified him as: "Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him." Also in the Biblical list of the Apostles, in the Canon of the Mass, and in the Litany of the Saints our St. Jude is prayed to only by the name of Thaddaeus. This has helped to make him the "forgotten" saint. Later, when the Acts of the Apostles was written by Luke (cf. 1:13), after the infamous Judas had passed from the sight of the living, his name was dropped from the list of the apostles, and that of Mathias, his successor, was added. Then St. Jude Thaddaeus was called by his first name Jude, but for a long time he remained a "forgotten Jude." As the name of the traitor Judas fades and the confusion about the two personalities clears up the name of out St. Jude becomes increasingly popular, especially in our own country. More lovers of St. Jude, and many of his grateful clients, express their thanks by naming their sons and daughters: "Jude" and "Judith," even Thaddaeus, shortened popularly to "Thad" is found more frequently among boys. It has long been popular in Ireland where in the old Gaelic it is "Taidg."