By Mary Sayad
Our Lord told St.Gertrude the Great, that the following prayer would release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extended to include living sinners which would alleviate the indebtedness accrued to them during their lives.
"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."
St. Gertrude the Great was born in Germany in 1263. She was a Benedictine Nun and meditated on the Passion of Christ, which many times brought floods of tears to her eyes. She did penances, and Our Lord appeared to her many times. Her holy Soul passed away in 1334. November 16 is her Feast Day.
The above prayer is a perfect prayer. It is simple, yet although the prayer is meant for the souls in Purgatory to release them from their suffering, it also includes the living. It includes us.
If you are unable to personally assist anyone but you recite the above prayer regularly, you accomplish great deeds.
Because of her great love for all of God's creation, our Blessed Mother Mary visits Purgatory to give solace, comfort and strength to those suffering, shivering souls. They must be purified before entering Heaven. During their sojourn in Purgatory, souls are incapable of helping themselves. They are completely dependant upon our prayers for assistance.
The prayer may be easily memorized and recited after your rosaries, included with your morning prayers, while driving, doing your chores, etc. There are many opportunities to release numerous souls from Purgatory.
Think of it. Every time you recite the above prayer, each and every one of us release 1,000 souls from Purgatory!
I'm sure that Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother would be very pleased with your prayerful efforts. The holy souls in Purgatory would certainly be thankful.
Your companion in prayer,
Remember the power of the Cross is always with us!