As you read the writings of St. Gertrude, you will be amazed at the closeness of her relationship to Jesus. For that reason, you may find it helpful to whisper your needs and requests into Gertrude’s ear…that she may pass them on to Jesus Himself.  Here’s a great little prayer to help you do that…

The Litany of St. Gertrude the Great

Lord Jesus, In union with that love which drew You down upon earth and caused You to fulfill the work of our Redemption, I offer You this prayer:

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy, Mary, pray for us.
Holy choirs of Angels, pray for us.
Saints and Elect of God, pray for us.

Saint Gertrude, pray for us.
Chaste virgin, pray for us.
Beloved daughter of the Heavenly Father, pray for us.
Chosen bride of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
Temple of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Joy of the Holy Trinity, pray for us.
Fragrant flower in the hand of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
Ever-blooming spring flower, rose without thorns, pray for us.
Chaste dove without the stain of sin, pray for us.
Earthly seraph, pray for us.
Living sanctuary, pray for us.
Strong protection of all who venerate you, pray for us.

O Jesus Christ, Spouse of Saint Gertrude, have mercy on us.
Through her humility, have mercy on us.
Through her charity, have mercy on us.
Through her untiring patience, have mercy on us.
Through the ardent love she bore You, have mercy on us.
Through the delight with which You dwelt in her heart, have mercy on us.
Through the love You had for her, have mercy on us.
Through the love with which You chose her from eternity, have mercy on us.
Through the love with which You so sweetly attract her to Yourself, have mercy on us.
Through the love with which You so delightfully united her to Yourself, have mercy on us.
Through the love with which You so complacently dwelt in her heart, have mercy on us.
Through the love with which You ended her life with a happy death, have mercy on us.
Through the love with which You have conferred on her eternal life, have mercy on us.
Through the love with which You love and rejoice all the blessed, have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy virgin Saint Gertrude, R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray: O Lord Jesus, by the love You bore to the virginal heart of Saint Gertrude and by which You have promised that no sinner who would honor and love her should die a sudden and unprovided death, grant me, I beseech You, this grace, and let me so love You and repent of my sins that with faith and confidence I may expect a happy death. Amen.

O God, Who in the heart of the holy virgin Gertrude provided for Yourself a pleasing abode, through her merits cleanse from our hearts every stain of sin and grant that we may enjoy fellowship with her forevermore, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, You Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.