Saint Gertrude the Great
(January 6, 1256 – November 17, 1302)
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Gertrude: the only female Saint to be called “the Great”
Gertrude of Helfta was a highly intelligent woman. She was born on 6 January 1256 in the little town of Eisleben in Thuringia. At age 5, Gertrude went to the Cistercian monastery school of Helfta in Saxony, and since then has always been known as “Gertrude of Helfta”. She dedicated herself to study, and it was not long before she surpassed all her companions.
She also discovered Christ in the monastery, and the beauty of living for him and with him in the intimacy of love. But the divine Teacher remained in the background of her life for some time while she used all her faculties to improve her education, becoming proficient in literature, philosophy, song and the refined art of miniature painting.
After several years, Gertrude moved from the monastery school to the novitiate, taking the veil and becoming a nun. For her Jesus was “Someone”, but her studies were still her all. But she was not on the wrong track, for knowledge, when it goes hand in hand with humility, does not distance people from God. And he was waiting on her path.[more]
St Gertrude the Great Prayer
Eternal Father I offer you the most precious blood of your divine son Jesus in union with the masses said throughout the world today for all the holy souls in purgatory for sinners everywhere sinners in the universal church those in my own home and within my family. Amen. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Saint Gertrude’s life is another reminder that the heart of the Christian life is prayer: private and liturgical, ordinary or mystical, but always personal.
The Liturgical Feast of Saint Gertrude the Great is November 16.
Saint Gertrude the Great is the Patron Saint of:
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Second Life: Feast of St. Gertrude of Helfta. 2016. Feast of St. Gertrude of Helfta. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/stgertrude.htm. [Accessed 14 November 2016].
Prayer EWTN.com – St. Gertrude Prayer. 2016. EWTN.com – St. Gertrude Prayer. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ewtn.com/v/experts/showmessage.asp?number=343106. [Accessed 14 November 2016].
Reflection: Franciscan Media. 2016. Saint Gertrude the Great – Franciscan Media. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-gertrude-the-great/. [Accessed 14 November 2016].