Image of St. Gertrude is
told Saint Gertrude that each time this little prayer is prayed
1000 souls would be released from purgatory. If the entire
chaplet is prayed 50,000 souls will be released from purgatory!
Saint Gertrude was born January 6, 1256 in Germany. By 1261 as
a student at the Benedictine abbey at Helfta in Saxony she had been
placed in the care of the Abess, Gertrude. The nuns of Helfta described
Gertrude as a loveable and quick-witted. At the age of 15 or 16
she entered the Benedictine community as a novice, where she eventually
became a teacher at the school. Gertrude was not very pious as a
nun. She began to find the routine of the Bendictine community tiresome.
By 1280 she had become depressed and withdrawn.
Shortly after her 25 birthday Jesus spoke to Gertrude. She tells
us that she heard Christ say to her, "Do not fear. I will save
you and set you free." This was the first in a series of visions
that transformed her life. From then on, she spent many hours reading
the bible and writing essays on the word of God. When she was asked
to write about her experiences, she claimed that it would serve
no purpose. When she was told that her words would encourage others,
Gertrude agreed to write spiritual autobiography. Only the first
24 chapters of this book, THE HERALD OF GOD'S LOVING-KINDNESS, is
her writing. The remainder has been added by members of the community
to which she belonged Gertrude also wrote her SPIRITUAL EXERCISES,
a book of prayers, hymns and reflections. St. Gertrude is one of
the leading women religious writers of the late 13th century. Outwardsly,
she appeared to be a the simple Benedictine nun. She had a great
devotion to the Holy Souls in purgatory. Her raptures were frequent
and so absorbing that she was insensible to what passed around her.
She had the gift of miracles well as that of prophecy.
During one of her visions Jesus
told ST. Gertrude that the following prayer would release
1000 souls from purgatory each time it is said:
Father, I offer Thee 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, those in my own home and within
Approval and Recommendation
by Cardinal Pahiarca, Lisbon, Portugal, March 4, 1936.
If one prays the entire St. Gertrude
Chaplet (see below), which is said on an ordinary rosary, Our
Lord releases 50,000 souls from purgatory each time it
How easy it would be to empty out purgatory if we each prayed
this form of the rosary just once a day!
OF SAINT GERTRUDE
How to pray the Chaplet of
The Chaplet of Saint Gertrude is prayed on
an ordinary Rosary.
Beginning at the Cross, pray the
This is followed by 1
"Our Father", 3 "Hail Mary" and 1 "Glory be".
Starting on the Medal and then on the 4
large beads between
each decade (sets of 10 beads), pray the "Our
of the small beads (in
the sets of 10 beads),
say the following prayer:
I offer Thee 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 in the universal Church,
those in my own home,
and within my family.
At the end
of each set of 10 beads,
say the following prayers:
"Most Sacred Heart
open the hearts and minds of sinners
to the truth and light of God, the Father."
"Immaculate Heart of Mary,
pray for the conversion of sinners and the world."
and 1 "Glory be."
Then on the next large bead start again with
the "Our Father".
Repeat above to the end of the Rosary.
Peace be with you.
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