Saint Jude of Thaddeus was the brother of Saint James the Lesser and a blood relative of Jesus, being the nephew of Mary and Joseph. He preached in Judea, Syria, Mespotamia, Libya and Persia, where he was beaten to death and beheaded. His feast day is the 28th of October. He is the Patron saint of lost or desperate causes, also health and hospital workers. This is because of his New Testament letter which calls upon the faithful to persevere in adversity. The spoon shows him carrying a large cross.