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Saint Gertrude the Great is a German mystic known for a prayer, claiming it came from Jesus in a vision, to help the Souls in Purgatory.Does this ancient prayer release 1,000 souls from Purgatory?
Here’s the truth. This is a really great prayer (although, there are some misconceptions associated with it)! Saint Gertrude the Great, a German mystic, theologian, and nun, said that Jesus told her that the following prayer releases a vast number of souls from Purgatory each time it is said.

Vast Number of Souls 

According to an article on Good Catholic, it is recounted that Jesus showed her a vast number of souls entering Heaven from Purgatory as a result of her faithful and frequent recitation of this prayer.

Here’s the prayer of Saint Gertrude the Great:

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.

It is said that when Saint Gertrude said this prayer, it may have released 1,000 souls from Purgatory. However, according to this answer by historian and late founder of Christendom College, Warren Carroll, it may not happen exactly, nor for everyone who prays it.

Keep in Mind

"The efficacy of one's prayers is directly related to the level of sanctity and virtue possessed by the individual," which, he says, is why we pray for saintly intercession. Carroll added this important reminder: "The most efficacious prayer of all in releasing the Holy Souls from Purgatory is the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass."

Although, he said that he continued to pray the Rosary and the Prayer of Saint Gertrude the Great for the repose of the Souls in Purgatory. "Even if I help to release one soul in my lifetime, it’s better than none at all," Carroll said.

"Also, you never know when your prayers are being offered along with other prayers throughout the world, and the combination of them may help to release a Soul from Purgatory."

Bottom Line: Just pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory!


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