Have you ever came across Saint Gertrude Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory? Our Lord Himself promised that for each time it is said, He would free 1000 souls from purgatory. The best thing about it is that you can say it many times a day. This offers unbelievable opportunity to help the souls who can’t help them self anymore.
Saint Gertrude Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
I offer You the most precious blood
of thy Divine Son, Jesus,
in union with the Masses said
throughout the world today,
for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory,
for sinners everywhere,
for sinners in the universal Church,
for those in my own home,
and in my family. Amen.”
Few words about Saint Gertrude
St Gertrude the Great was a mystic, theologian and nun. Gertrude was born on January 6, 1256, in today’s Germany, in the same town as Martin Luther- Eisleben. We celebrate her memory on 16th of November. Her parents died when she was only 5 and this little girl was entrusted with the upbringing of the Cistercian sisters in Helfta.
Gertrude spent her entire life in this convent – first as a student and then as a nun. 27th of January 1281 was very special to her as she experienced mystical marriage to the Divine Bridegroom. She had numerous revelations throughout her life. Gertrude experienced supernatural ecstasies and prophetic visions. Died in November 1302.
She is the patron saint of South America and was initially worshiped there. However, at the request of the Polish king Augustus II the Saxon, Pope Clement XII in 1732 extended her cult to the whole Church.
During her life St Gertrude had a very special devotion to suffering souls in purgatory. All her hardship and suffering she devoted to them. Jesus during one of the visions said to her:
“Be sure, my daughter, that your love for the dead will not be an obstacle to you. Know that this generous gift, which you gave for all your deeds to the souls in Purgatory, I especially liked, and in proof of this, I declare that all the punishments you would have to endure in the next life have been forgiven – moreover, as a reward for your generosity yes I increase the importance of your merits, that you will enjoy eternal glory in heaven.”
Saint’s contact with the souls in Purgatory can be confirmed through her writings. She once saw Mary who saved the soul of her religious brother Herman from purgatory, who was distinguished by a special devotion to the Immaculate.
Another time, Saint Gertrude saw a soul being carried to heaven by the prayers of the Church.
There is also a story about deceased nun who appeared to Gertrude and said:
“Oh, how happy I am that I had a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament in my life, because through it I have now received so much fruit. It won’t be long and I’ll be welcomed into the glory of heaven.”
Why is she called “the Great”?
St Gertrude is the only female Saint to be called “the Great”, title given to her by Pope Benedict XIV to distinguish her from Abbess Gertrude of Hackeborn and also as the acknowledgment of her many writings (The Herald of Divine Love is one of the few which survived till our days).