The Memorial of Saint Gertrude the Great, Virgin
Saint Gertrude the Great, Virgin is the Patron Saint of West Indies
Saint Gertrude the Great Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Nuns/Sisters who became Saints
Saint Gertrude the Great, Virgin brief life History
|Date of Birth||January 6, 1256|
|Country of Birth||Germany in Europe|
|Profession||German Benedictine, mystic, and theologian|
|Place of Work||Helfta, Germany|
|Date of Death||1302 AD|
|Place of Death||Helfta, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire|
|Saint Gertrude the Great Feast Day||November 16|
|Patron Saint of||West Indies|
Saint Gertrude the Great Feast Day Short life History
Gertrude the Great or Saint Gertrude of Helfta was born in the year 1263, of a noble Saxon family, and placed at the age of five for education in the Benedictine abbey of Rodelsdorf.
Her strong mind was carefully cultivated, and she wrote Latin with unusual elegance and force; above all, she was perfect in humility and mortification, in obedience, and in all monastic observances.
Her life was crowded with wonders. She has in obedience recorded some of her visions, in which she traces in words of indescribable beauty the intimate converse of her soul with Jesus and Mary. She was gentle to all, most gentle to sinners; filled with devotion to the Saints of God, to the souls in purgatory, and above all to the Passion of Our Lord and to His Sacred Heart.
She ruled her abbey with perfect wisdom and love for forty years. Her life was one of great and almost continual suffering, and her longing to be with Jesus was not granted till 1334, when she had reached her seventy-second year.
Gertrude died at Helfta, near Eisleben, Saxony, around 1302. Her feast day is celebrated on November 16, but the exact date of her death is unknown; the November date stems from a confusion with Abbess Gertrude of Hackeborn
The following prayer is attributed to St. Gertrude, and is often depicted on her Prayer card: “Eternal Father, I offer You 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, for those in my own home and in my family. Amen.”
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