Saint Jude Heals King Abgar of Edessa
St. Jude is usually represented wearing a picture of Our Lord on his breast. This custom stems from the following legend:
Cure of the King of Edessa
Abgar, King of Edessa (the modern-day city of Urfa in Turkey), who was afflicted with leprosy, hearing of Our Lord’s miracles, sent a messenger begging Jesus to come and cure him. Being unable, at the time, to gratify his request, Our Lord sent word that He would send someone later to cure him. The King, anxious at least to have an image of the great wonder-worker, sent an artist to make a portrait of Him: but the artist, blinded by the splendor of our Saviour’s face, was unable to carry out his mission. At this, Our Lord, in loving compassion, pressed a cloth to His face and impressed His features upon it. The artist then carried this to his sovereign, who received it with great joy. When St. Jude went to Edessa after Our Lord’s Ascension, he healed Abgar of the frightful disease and, by his eloquent presentation of the truths of the Gospel, converted the King and his whole household, as well as many of his subjects.
The above excerpt regarding the healing of King Abgar can be found on TanBooks.com at the following link: www.tanbooks.com/doct/jude_thaddeus.htm
The stained glass window detail was photographed inside Our Lady of Victories Church, Paterson, NJ, USA. The Catholic church is also known as The Shrine of St. Jude.
Photograph Copyright 2010 Loci B. Lenar