THE VISION OF ST. GERTRUDE


Once, on the Feast of the Annunciation, St. Gertrude had a vision during which the Heavenly Mother revealed to her the glory of her spouse, St. Joseph, in order to awaken in the Saint a greater love for him and to encourage her to have confidence in his intercession. Of this vision St. Gertrude wrote:

"I saw Heaven opened and St. Joseph sitting upon a magnificent throne. I felt myself wonderfully affected when, each time his name was mentioned, all the Saints made a profound inclination toward him, showing by the serenity and sweetness of their looks that they rejoiced with him on account of his exalted dignity."

AN ANCIENT PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

O ST. JOSEPH, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanksgiving and homage.

O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thine arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for me.

THIS PRAYER WAS FOUND IN THE 5OTH YEAR OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. IN 1505 IT WAS SENT FROM THE POPE TO EMPEROR CHARLES WHEN HE WAS GOING INTO BATTLE. WHOEVER SHALL READ THIS PRAYER OR HEAR IT OR KEEP IT ABOUT THEMSELVES SHALL NEVER DIE A SUDDEN DEATH OR BE DROWNED, NOR SHALL POISON TAKE EFFECT ON THEM -- NEITHER SHALL THEY FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY OR BE BURNED IN ANY FIRE OR BE OVERPOWERED IN BATTLE. SAY FOR NINE MORNINGS FOR ANYTHING YOU DESIRE. IT HAS NEVER BEEN KNOWN TO FAIL.

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Amen.

St. Joseph pray for us.

O my Blessed St. Joseph! adopt me as thy child;  take charge of my salvation;  watch over me day and night;  preserve me from occasions of sin;  obtain for me purity of body and soul, and the spirit of prayer through thy intercession with Jesus.  Grant me a spirit of sacrifice,  humility  and self-denial;  obtain for a burning love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament,  and a sweet and tender love for Mary,  my Mother.

St. Joseph be with me in life,  be with me in death,  and obtain for me a favourable judgment from Jesus,  my Merciful Saviour.     Amen.

St. Joseph,  model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus,  pray for us.

I saw heaven opened and St. Joseph sitting on a magnificent throne.

St.  Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us.

St.Gertrude, pray for all those listed.....Amen.

St. Joseph, pray for us..........Amen.

St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me and all the souls listed in St. Gertrude's Group.........Amen.

St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls pray for us........Amen.

St. Joseph,  St. Gertrude,  pray for all those listed......Amen.

Amen.

St. Joseph,  St. Gertrude, pray for all those listed...........Amen.

St. Joseph, pray for those listed.......Amen.

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