Powerful Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great

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Powerful Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great

This prayer was given to St. Gertrude the Great by the Lord Himself. Jesus promised that every time it was said, one thousand souls would be released from Purgatory and allowed into His presence. The prayer was extended to include living sinners as well.

Powerful Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great

“Eternal Father,
I offer You the most precious
blood of Your 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,
those in my own home
and within my family.
Amen.”


About St Gertrude the Great

St. Gertrude the Great, or St. Gertrude of Helfta, was born in Germany on January 6th, 1256. She eventually chose to follow the Lord by pursing a vocation as a Benedictine Nun. Her deep and devoted relationship with the Lord in prayer led to her being hailed as a mystic. She was also regarded as a great theologian.

At 25 years old, Gertrude experienced her first series of visions that would continue until the day she passed away. The start of her visions would alter her life in such a way that she considered this moment a “new birth.” Her priorities turned from secular teachings to a more narrow and focused study of Scripture and theology. In so doing, her life became full with an awakening and she began writing for the spiritual benefit of others.

St. Gertrude embraced charity for both rich and poor. She was a simple woman with a deep solidarity with those not yet ready for the beatific vision, and those still being purified in the state of repose known as purgatory. On November 17th, 1301, Gertrude passed away a virgin and joined her Bridegroom forever.

Throughout her life, Gertrude produced numerous writings. One of her longest surviving works is The Herald of Divine Love. It is composed of five different books detailing descriptions of Gertrude’s visions and a veneration of Christ’s heart. Although Gertrude was never formally canonized, Rome approved a liturgical office of prayer and readings in her honor. Pope Benedict XIV gave her the title, “the Great,” making her the only woman Saint to ever be called, “the Great.”

Feast day: November 16
Patron of: the West Indies; often invoked for souls in purgatory
Patron Saint of: Travelers, recently deceased, gardeners, mentally ill


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Who was St Gertrude in relation to the devotion to the Sacred heart of Jesus?

Saint Gertrude the Great was an early devotee of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Book two of the Herald of Divine Love vividly describes Gertrude’s vision, which show a considerable elaboration on the veneration of Christ’s heart.

Who is the first American female Saint?

Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized by Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in Rome. Born in New York City in 1774, she became the first American-born Catholic Saint.

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