Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.
Feast Day 16 November.
Saint Gertrude of Helfta.
Saint Gertrude, called "The Great", was a Cistercian, and a Spiritual daughter both of Saint Bernard and Saint Benedict. Her life was almost entirely spent in the Cloister, which she entered as an Oblate in 1261, at the age of five.
On 27 January 1281, Gertrude being then just over twenty-five, the Spouse of her Soul revealed Himself to her in a wonderful manner. He consoled her in a trial which tormented her, and favoured her with remarkable visions during the following eight years.
At God's command, she related them in a book, entitled "Revelations of Saint Gertrude".
English: Saint Gertrude.
Español: Santa Gertrudis.
Artist: Miguel Cabrera (1695–1768).
Current location: Dallas Museum of Art,
Texas, United States of America.
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Laura and Daniel D. Boeckman
in honour of Dr. William Rudolph.
Gertrude, holding in her hand her lighted lamp, awaited the coming of her Spouse. "She died," says The Roman Breviary, "in 1334, consumed rather by the ardour of her love than by disease."
She was proclaimed Patroness of The West Indies, and in New Mexico a town was built in her honour and still bears her name.