The sixth penitential psalm. Kolbe Seniors [50+] Nursery Ministry. At Helfta, she measured herself systematically, so to speak, with her teacher, Matilda of Hackeborn, of whom I spoke at last Wednesday's Audience. Parish Service. Book II alone is the work of the saint, the rest being compiled by members of the Helfta community. In compliance with a petition from the King of Spain she was declared Patroness of the West Indies; in Peru her feast is celebrated with great pomp, and in New Mexico a town was built in her honour and bears her name. The Church has inserted the name of Gertrude in the Roman Martyrology with this eulogy: "On the 17th of November, in Germany (the Feast) of St. Gertrude Virgin, of the Order of St. Benedict, who was illustrious for the gift of revelations. Water from the Side of Christ, wash me clean of all punishments for sin and extinguish the flames of Purgatory for me and for all the Poor Souls. ", Gertrude Casanova Transcribed by Joseph P. Thomas In memory of Sabina Jablonski. Saint Gertrude’s writings contain nothing about a promise to release 1,000 souls from purgatory each time the prayer is said There was an epidemic of prayer cards containing false promises and indulgences The Church has summarily condemned prayer cards containing a promise to release one or more souls from purgatory The Weekly Edition in English is published for the US by: The Cathedral Foundation L'Osservatore Romano English Edition 880 Park Avenue P.O. Power Hour of Prayer. Virgin, and Abbess of the Benedictine monastery of Nivelles; born in 626; died 17 March, 659. When she was but five years of age she entered the alumnate of Helfta. In that hand Gertrude recognized "the precious traces of the wounds that abrogated all the acts of accusation of our enemies" (ibid., II, p. 89), and thus recognized the One who saved us with his Blood on the Cross: Jesus. It seems obvious to me that these are not only things of the past, of history; rather St Gertrude's life lives on as a lesson of Christian life, of an upright path, and shows us that the heart of a happy life, of a true life, is friendship with the Lord Jesus. Fall Festival. Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by St. Gertrude the Great Nov 9th 2016 by Gretchen Filz According to tradition, St. Gertrude the Great was told by Our Lord that each time she piously recited the following prayer, it would release 1,000 souls (or a vast number) from their suffering in purgatory: Sometimes I get questions about certain practices or prayers. St. Gertrude's Prayer to One's Guardian Angel . The former, who with his confrere Loher spared no pains in editing her works, also wrote a preface to them. Doubtless her inordinate love of study had proved a hindrance alike to contemplation and interior recollection, yet it had none the less surely safeguarded her from more serious and grievous failings. John Zuhlsdorf | Nov 16, 2020. Such was Helfta when its portals opened to receive the child destined to be its brightest glory. Legion of Mary. She had a strong, determined, ready and impulsive temperament. She is one of the most famous mystics, the only German woman to be called "Great", because of her cultural and evangelical stature: her life and her thought had a unique impact on Christian spirituality. In her memoirs she recalls that the Lord equipped her in advance with forbearing patience and infinite mercy, forgetting the years of her childhood, adolescence and youth, which she spent, she wrote, "in such mental blindness that I would have been capable... of thinking, saying or doing without remorse everything I liked and wherever I could, had you not armed me in advance, with an inherent horror of evil and a natural inclination for good and with the external vigilance of others. Her mysticism is that of all the great contemplative workers of the Benedictine Order from St. Gregory to Blosius. Outwardly her life was that of the simple Benedictine nun, of which she stands forth preeminently as the type. She wrote and composed in Latin, and was versed in Sacred Literature. ut of the depths I have cried unto Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Gertrude herself felt unworthy of this immense divine treasure, and confesses that she had not safeguarded it or made enough of it. ST. GERTRUDE OF NIVELLES. She added to the prayers and penances of the monastic rule others with such devotion and such trusting abandonment in God that she inspired in those who met her an awareness of being in the Lord's presence. In St. Gertrude's life there are no abrupt phases, no sudden conversion from sin to holiness. A Service of EWTN News, Inc. ... St. Gertrude & the Purgatory Prayer – Fr. Here’s the Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great: Eternal 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, From the first she had the gift of winning the hearts, and her biographer gives many details of her exceptional charms, which matured with advancing years. Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great that this prayer would release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said. Nothing is known of her family, not even the name of her parents. The devotion to the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ and particularly to His Holy Face is one of the oldest in the Christian tradition. It was not till 1677 that the name of Gertrude was inscribed in the Roman Martyrology and her feast was extended to the universal church, which now keeps it on 15 November, although it was at first fixed on 17 November, the day of her death, on which it is still celebrated by her own order. Many of the writings of St. Gertrude have unfortunately perished. Because of her gifts she shone out among the sisters; she was tenacious in consolidating her culture in various fields. St. Gertrude had enjoyed a good education. There is, at least, no record of their translation. The 12 Year Prayers: O Jesus, now I wish to pray the Lord's Prayer seven times in unity with the love with which You sanctified this prayer in Your Heart. The spirit of St. Gertrude, which is marked by freedom, breadth, and vigour, is based on the Rule of St. Benedict. St. Gertrude the Great Prayer to the Sacred Heart Rosary. She had the gift of miracles as well as that of prophecy. Faithful to the mission entrusted to them, the superiors of Helfta appointed renowned theologians, chosen from the Dominican and Franciscan friars, to examine the works of the saint. When the "Legatus Divinae Pietatis" is compared with the "Liber Specialis Gratiae" of St. Mechtilde, it is evident that Gertrude is the chief, if not the only, author of the latter book. This treasure book also includes special prayers that St. Mechtilde received from Christ as well. Her boundless charity embraced rich and poor, learned and simple, the monarch on his throne and the peasant in the field; it was manifested in tender sympathy towards the souls in purgatory, in a great yearning for the perfection of souls consecrated to God. Nevertheless during Advent of 1280 she began to feel disgusted with all this and realized the vanity of it all. The characteristic of St. Gertrude's piety is her devotion to the Sacred Heart, the symbol of that immense charity which urged the Word to take flesh, to institute the Holy Eucharist, to take on Himself our sins, and, dying on the Cross, to offer Himself as a victim and a sacrifice to the Eternal Father (Congregation of Rites, 3 April, 1825). Psalm 129 * De profundis. Her biographer points out two directions of what we might describe as her own particular "conversion": in study, with the radical passage from profane, humanistic studies to the study of theology, and in monastic observance, with the passage from a life that she describes as negligent, to the life of intense, mystical prayer, with exceptional missionary zeal. *[PLEASE READ]* For a printable guide to this Chaplet (which you can share with your friends!) Thus early had been formed between Gertrude and Mechtilde the bond of an intimacy which deepened and strengthened with time, and gave the latter saint a prepondering influence over the former. Amen Most Precious Blood Apostolate. If you want more information about the network, and how to let others know about EWTN Español, contact Walter Cordova at 281-298-5207 or write to email@example.com 28102 FM 1093, Fulshear TX 77441 346-773-3500 firstname.lastname@example.org "I would have behaved like a pagan... in spite of desiring you since childhood, that is since my fifth year of age, when I went to live in the Benedictine shrine of religion to be educated among your most devout friends" (ibid., II 23, p. Gertrude was an extraordinary student, she learned everything that can be learned of the sciences of the trivium and quadrivium, the education of that time; she was fascinated by knowledge and threw herself into profane studies with zeal and tenacity, achieving scholastic successes beyond every expectation. She was an exceptional woman, endowed with special natural talents and extraordinary gifts of grace, the most profound humility and ardent zeal for her neighbour's salvation. EWTN | 5817 Old Leeds Rd. Be our defense against … Improve and complete it so much that it brings as much honour and joy to the Trinity as You granted it on earth with this prayer. Her deep relationship with the Lord in prayer led to her being hailed as a mystic. Here, too, as to the centre of all activity and impetus of its life, the work of worksthe Opus Dei, as St. Benedict terms the Divine Officewas solemnly carried out. This venerable devotion was practiced by such great saints as St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Mechtilde, St. Edmund, St. Bonaventure and St. Therese of Lisieux. Gertrude transformed all this into an apostolate: she devoted herself to writing and popularizing the truth of faith with clarity and simplicity, with grace and persuasion, serving the Church faithfully and lovingly so as to be helpful to and appreciated by theologians and devout people. Two favours in particular were dearer to her than any other, as Gertrude herself writes: "The stigmata of your salvation-bearing wounds which you impressed upon me, as it were, like a valuable necklaces, in my heart, and the profound and salutary wound of love with which you marked it. If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark our iniquities: O Read More She therefore begged, for the sake of others, that there might be no outward manifestations of the spiritual wonders with which her life was filled. All rights reserved. Improve and complete it so much that it brings as much honor and joy to the… Copyright © 2020 Eternal Word Television Network, Inc. Irondale, Alabama. The National Catholic Register is a service of EWTN News, Inc. in Irondale, AL. "From a grammarian she became a theologian, with the unflagging and attentive reading of all the sacred books that she could lay her hands on or contrive to obtain. In purgatory, the souls of many of those who have died in God’s grace undergo purification so that they may enter heaven. Free shipping for online orders over $75.00. by Fr. The "Legatus Divinae Pietatis" (Herald of Divine Love) comprises five books containing the life of St. Gertrude, and recording many of the favours granted her by God. Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. The Lord who had chosen her from her mother's womb and who since her childhood had made her partake of the banquet of monastic life, called her again with his grace "from external things to inner life and from earthly occupations to love for spiritual things". Taken from: L'Osservatore Romano Weekly Edition in English 13 October 2010, page 15. A wonderful insight to Blessed St. Gertrude the Great and her special relationship with our Lord. This was the same liturgical humus as that of Matilda, her teacher; but Gertrude describes it with simpler, more linear images, symbols and terms that are more realistic and her references to the Bible, to the Fathers and to the Benedictine world are more direct. Faber,Dom Gueranger. National Catholic Register – NCR / EWTN; New Advent; Select Page. She now gauged in its fullest extent the void of which she had been keenly sensible for some time past, and with this awakening came the realization of the utter emptiness of all transitory things. Further, you wished to introduce me into the inestimable intimacy of your friendship by opening to me in various ways that most noble sacrarium of your Divine Being which is your Divine Heart.... To this accumulation of benefits you added that of giving me as Advocate the Most Holy Virgin Mary, your Mother, and often recommended me to her affection, just as the most faithful of bridegrooms would recommend his beloved bride to his own mother" (ibid., II, 23, p. 145). One day, when she was about ten years of old, her father invited King Dagobert and some noblemen to a banquet. Vocations Ministry. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Her writings are also coloured by the glowing richness of that Teutonic genius which found its most congenial expression in symbolism and allegory. Fellowship Ministry. Gertrude was born on 6 January 1256, on the Feast of the Epiphany, but nothing is known of her parents nor of the place of her birth. Gertrude wrote that the Lord himself revealed to her the meaning of this first uprooting: "I have chosen you for my abode because I am pleased that all that is lovable in you is my work.... For this very reason I have distanced you from all your relatives, so that no one may love you for reasons of kinship and that I may be the sole cause of the affection you receive" (The Revelations, 16, Siena 1994, pp. Shop for MY LITTLE PRAYER BOOK - JESUS at EWTNRC.com and support the ongoing mission of Mother Angelica. | Irondale, AL 35210 |. Saint of the Day; Special Links / Resources. Therefore, 0 Giver of every good thing who has freely lavished upon me gifts so undeserved, in order that, in reading this, the heart of at least one of your friends may be moved at the thought that zeal for souls has induced you to leave such a priceless gem for so long in the abominable mud of my heart" (ibid., II, 5, p. Oliver,Fr. The following is a translation of the Pope's Catechesis, which was given in Italian. In religious observance our Saint was "a firm pillar... a very powerful champion of justice and truth" (ibid., I, 1, p. 26), her biographer says. If we know nothing of her origins, she herself tells us about her youthful passions: literature, music and song and the art of miniature painting captivated her. Francis de Sales,M. The Prayer of St. Gertrude, below, is one of the most famous of the prayers for souls in … Stations of the Cross. She eventually chose to follow the Lord by pursuing a vocation as a Benedictine Nun. Both sisters are from the Order of St… Miracles attested how precious her death was in the sight of God. Little of her intense activity has come down to us, partly because of the events that led to the destruction of the Monastery of Helfta. On 27 January 1281, a few days before the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, towards the hour of Compline in the evening, the Lord with his illumination dispelled her deep anxiety. Some features of her temperament and faults were to accompany her to the end of her life, so as to amaze certain people who wondered why the Lord had favoured her with such a special love. COMMENTARY: The teaching of the saints on prayer, constantly promoted by the Church, is a sure way towards intimacy with God. It was the mystic life of the cloister, a life hidden with Christ in God. 1) Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great Eternal 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, The works of St. Gertrude were all written in Latin, which she used with facility and grace. All rights reserved. Such a treasure of prayers that were passed on to her from our Blessed Lord Himself! Office Volunteers. 76-77). 100f.). A prayer of a sinner, trusting in the mercies of God. The characteristic of St. Gertrude's piety is her devotion to the Sacred Heart, the symbol of that immense charity which urged the Word to take flesh, to institute the Holy Eucharist, to take on Himself our sins, and, dying on the Cross, to offer Himself as a victim and a sacrifice to the Eternal Father (Congregation of Rites, 3 April, 1825). They were written for her Sisters in religion, and we feel she has here a free hand unhampered by the deep humility which made it so repugnant for her to disclose favours personal to herself. It is well known that the Cistercian Reform left its mark on many houses not affiliated to the order, and the fact that Helfta was founded during the "golden age" of Citeaux (1134-1342) is sufficient to account for this impression. With characteristic ardour she cultivated the highest spirituality, and, to quote her biographer, "from being a grammarian became a theologian", abandoning profane studies for the Scriptures, patristic writings, and treatises on theology. To these she brought the same earnestness which had characterized her former studies, and with indefatigable zeal copied, translated, and wrote for the spiritual benefit of others. She had a vision of a young man who, in order to guide her through the tangle of thorns that surrounded her soul, took her by the hand. She also humbly asks for advice and prayers for her conversion. When St. Gertrude had recited this prayer 5,466 times, in honor of all the Wounds of our Lord Jesus, He appeared to her in vision, having on each Wound a rose flashing with a golden splendor, and greeted her tenderly, saying: "Behold, I will appear to thee, in this refulgent form at the hour of thy death, and I will cover all thy sins, and adorn thee with a glory, like that with which thou hast adorned My Wounds by thy … Box 777 Baltimore, MD 21203 Phone: (443) 263-0248 Fax: (443) 524-3155 email@example.com, EWTN | 5817 Old Leeds Rd. I, xvi) that she was not born in the neighbourhood of Eisleben. Feel free to screenshot or download the images below. St Gertrude the Great, of whom I would like to talk to you today, brings us once again this week to the Monastery of Helfta, where several of the Latin-German masterpieces of religious literature were written by women. The "Exercises", which are seven in number, embrace the work of the reception of baptismal grace to the preparation for death. In the sixteenth century Lanspergius and Blosius propagated her writings. Yet, in recognizing her poverty and worthlessness she adhered to God's will, "because", she said, "I have so little profited from your graces that I cannot resolve to believe that they were lavished upon me solely for my own use, since no one can thwart your eternal wisdom. In her twenty-sixth year there was granted her the first of that series of visions of which the wonderful sequence ended only with life. She filled her heart with the most useful and sweet sayings of Sacred Scripture. She was in close communion with God both in contemplation and in her readiness to go to the help of those in need. Thus she was always ready with some inspired and edifying word to satisfy those who came to consult her while having at her fingertips the most suitable scriptural texts to refute any erroneous opinion and silence her opponents" (ibid., I, 1, p. 25). With gentle sweetness he calmed the distress that anguished her, a torment that Gertrude saw even as a gift of God, "to pull down that tower of vanity and curiosity which, although I had both the name and habit of a nun — alas — I had continued to build with my pride, so that at least in this manner I might find the way for you to show me your salvation" (ibid., p. 87). EWTN is a global, Catholic Television, Catholic Radio, and Catholic News Network that provides catholic programming and news coverage from around the world. Her humility was so profound that she wondered how the earth could support so sinful a creature as herself. It is clear from her life (Legatus, lib. Mercies of God made enough of it all and in her readiness to to. 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