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Saint Gertrude’s prayer and a sad story November 5, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, error, foolishness, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Grace, Holy suffering, sadness, scandals, Tradition, Virtue.
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Reader MJD reminds that the Saint Gertrude prayer is traditionally held to enable the release of 1000 souls from Purgatory each time it is devoutly offered.  Remember that you can gain a plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory by visiting a cemetery and saying at least the Requiem (Eternal rest grant unto them……) during each day of the Octave of All Saints.  The last day of the Octave this year is Saturday.

First the prayer, then a little story about it:

Our Lord Jesus told St. Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release 1,000
Souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was later extended to include
living sinners as well. A prayer of charity:

“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.”

APPROVAL AND RECOMMENDATION: M. Cardinal Pahiarca at Lisbon, Portugal, March 4, 1936

So my wife picked up the following story regarding the St. Gertrude prayer on Facebook.  It seems a CCD director at a parish (not local) had never heard of the prayer and did not know what an Indulgence is:

So, how awful is this! My kid was in CCD no had to explain the St Gertrude prayer to his class and teacher…never heard of it! I was explaining the indulgences for this week and later told the CCD director how they listened and were interested and one girl is going to cemeteries this week. The director had NO CLUE what an indulgence is and I had to explain the whole thing. Ugh! Pray for my parish, please. I am leaving at the end of CCD, but they need prayers.

More:

I don’t throw blame on them–they just need to learn the faith–self teach. Then find a good priest to help guide you once they know what a good priest looks like. I probably didn’t know about the st Gertrude prayer until 2 years ago. And I’m a cradle catholic with 20 years of catholic schools under my belt.

Oh dear Lord have mercy on Your Church.  20 years of Catholic schooling and didn’t know the Saint Gertrude prayer or about indulgences.

Another comment from this thread:

The problem I’ve noticed with the priests is that many of them from the 1960’s on up is that they don’t “fit” in the “real”world either. So, it’s like they enter the priesthood “just because.” Seriously, the way some of these priests do consecration really makes me wonder if they’re just there for a power trip.

I don’t think I’ve the only one that’s noted that many, maybe most, of the priests in the age group maybe 45-70 are some strange cats.  Not the kind of dude your average everyday hetero male would choose to hang around with.  The younger priests are a different breed, as are those in the Fraternity, ICK, Society, etc.  They’re normal guys with a calling to the priesthood.  But the generation prior to that……not so m much.

 

Comments

1. discipleofthedumbox - November 5, 2014

I am not at all surprised. What do people do with their spare time nowadays? I have little clue. Watch sports, Dancing with the Stars and play video games? Would that more Texans actually learned Texas history and would that Roman Catholics living in Texas actually learned their faith! I dare write that we would at the least have better government and more true liberty in accordance with Pope St. Leo XIII.

J Rebecca - November 5, 2014

Good point.

2. LaGallina - November 5, 2014

I thought the St. Gertrude prayer released 10,000 souls from Purgatory, and 50,000 for the chaplet.

In any case we are praying it daily.

(I gave up on CCD this year. Our teachers didn’t even know the 10 Commandments, let alone indulgences!)

Tantumblogo - November 5, 2014

I’ve always seen it as 1000. I’ve never seen 10,000 before.

3. Noah Moerbeek - November 5, 2014

In the Acta Sanctae Sedis, Pope Leo XIII condemned any claim that a prayer released a certain number of prayers from purgatory.

Here is more information for you on it:
http://jessemichaelmitchell.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/did-jesus-really-promise-saint-gertrude-that-he-would-release-1000-souls-from-purgatory-each-time-this-prayer-is-said-2/

Tantumblogo - November 5, 2014

So another pious legend. Or fraud?

I hadn’t gotten to that part in Pope Leo’s biography yet, obviously!

Thank you Noah. It did strike me as a bit odd, and here I was sort of using that prayer as fodder to get into a rant about CCD.

Noah Moerbeek - November 5, 2014

Unfortunately in an effort to sell prayer cards and books often times promises where added unto the end of it.

Noah Moerbeek - November 5, 2014

Pious legends should get a lot of respect, this promise of 1000 souls looks like at best someone got carried away.

4. TG - November 5, 2014

I didn’t know about the St. Gertrude prayer till I read a book on Purgatory. (I was taught about Purgatory when I went to Catholic school in the 60’s.) The prayer I have always know is the “Eternal rest….”

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