Greetings in Jesus and Mary...
Well, we are halfway through November already. Yesterday was the feast of St. Gertrude who gave us a beautiful prayer to pray for souls - especially during this month of Holy Souls... (Below is taken from scripturecatholic.com)
The St. Gertrude Prayer
It was through Gertrude’s prayers that the Lord communicated with her. He promised her that every time her prayer is said devoutly, he would ease the suffering of 1000 souls, and release them from purgatory, welcoming them into heaven.
Though those in purgatory can do nothing for themselves, they can and do, pray for those that pray for them.
There are many references in scripture, concerning prayers for the dead. One of the more well known references comes from the Old Testament.
“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” (2 Maccabees 12:43-46)
The Prayer Of St. Gertrude
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, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
*The original prayer was only intended for those that had died and were already in purgatory. It was later changed to include sinners that are still alive in the hope of helping them to avoid purgatory altogether.
When To Use St. Gertrude’s Prayer
Traditionally, November is an especially important month to pray for the dead. You should be offering the prayer at church, you may offer the prayer over a grave, or it could be included in the Mass service on All Souls’ Day, November 2nd.
It could also be included as part of the celebrations of St. Gertrude’s feast day, November 16th. The prayer may be recited once to release 1000 souls or multiple times for many more souls.
Marian Rosary Beads and 50,000 Souls
If you would like to help free as many souls as possible, you can use the Marian Rosary of 59 beads to perform the Chaplet of St. Gertrude .
How To Pray the Chaplet Of St. Gertrude
The following process is a popular prayer cycle that is used while in prayer to St. Gertrude and the souls in purgatory.
Use the following Prayers where indicated using your rosary beads.
Step 1) starting at the cross:
1 x Apostle’s Creed
1 x Our Father
1 x Hail Mary once per bead x 3
1 x Glory Be
Step 2) starting on the large bead or metal pendant:
1 x Our Father
1 x The Prayer Of St. Gertrude (listed above) once per bead x 10
Step 3) after the Prayer Of St. Gertrude on the 10th bead. Before touching the next large bead/metal pendant, recite the following:
“Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 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”
1 x Glory Be
Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you reach the end of the Rosary.
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SPECIAL REQUEST MADE TO ALL THOSE WHO FEEL CALLED TO PARTICIPATE.....
There is a priest who has contacted me with the following request for prayer...
My name is Fr. Stephen Arabadjis. I am a member of the Society of St. Pius X. But I am in my 7th year of Sabbatical. Therefore, I was hoping your order could do a 54 day rosary novena for my intentions. But any prayers and sacrifices would be greatly appreciated. I know Our Lady will reward you generously for this.
In Our Lady,
There are many priests in need of our prayers. St. Teresa of Avila made it clear in her writings that we are to pray for the Church. Please remember this priest and all the clergy in our prayers now more than ever as the Church and the world are under amazing attacks. May Our Lady of Mt. Carmel help this priest and all those in great need. Please pray a special 54 day rosary for him and his needs. Thank you and God bless everyone through the prayers and intercession of our good Queen & Mother!
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Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!