The Angel had asked for what is called the Fatima Prayers that spring and the miracle in October helped millions of people believe and pray. 70,000 people witnessed it in 1917!
Later Jesus asked for the First Saturday Devotion in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the sins committed against her. See some helpful ideas below:
The story of Our Lady of Fatima begins before 1917 when the Angel of Portugal appeared to three Fatima children in the spring of 1916 and asks them to pray the Fatima prayers.
Then between May and October 1917, Our Lady appeared six times to the children in a field called the Cova de Iria, near Fatima. They were Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins Francisco and Jacinta. They played while they tended the families' sheep and would frequently pray the Rosary, sometimes in a careless and childlike way.
In all her appearances at Fatima, the Blessed Mother repeatedly emphasized the necessity of praying the Rosary daily, of wearing the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel and of performing acts of reparation and sacrifice. Later she asked for the First Saturday devotion.
At the final apparition, October 13, 1917, she identified herself as "Our Lady of the Rosary". The Fatima Miracle, the Miracle of the Sun, confirmed what the children had been saying. Again, 70,000 people saw the miracle. The sun seemed to rush toward the earth in swirling brilliant colors. The people fell to their knees to pray for mercy. The rain that had drenched the fields and the pilgrims had entirely dried when the sun resumed its place.
To prevent the terrible chastisement at the hands of Russia and to convert "that poor nation", Our Lady requested the solemn public Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart by the Pope and all the Catholic bishops of the world. She also asked that Catholics practice devotion of reparation on the first Saturday of five consecutive months to her Immaculate Heart ("The Five First Saturdays").
"If My requests are not granted, Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will suffer much and various nations will be annihilated." First Saturday is a large part of the answer to this evil.
In the course of the next thirty years, Our Lady and Our Lord appeared to Sr. Lucia several times. Click here for an Our Lady of Fatima coloring page.
We can see with some of our website tools that not many surf the net looking for the First Saturday devotion. Of course, we understand that the internet is no place to be looking for devotions; yet it can be a good place to find references to sources for First Saturday, so that we can share the information with our family and friends again through the internet. We can email our family and friends and share on Facebook and Twitter.
The first Fatima prophecy has already happened (World War II). We should be praying as Our Lady requested, because in many ways we see the many errors of Russia expanding throughout the world even the Russian Pavlovian behavior psychology being used in our institutions of the military, health, and education.
It is a consolation to us in our family that we have each done the Five First Saturdays at least once. We can always improve our devotion, so we try to repeat.
Here are two ideas that worked for us that are great for young families to try:
On the evening of Thursday, December 10, 1925, after supper, when Sr. Lucy was a postulant in the Dorothean house at Pontevedra, Spain received a visit by the Child Jesus and the Virgin Mary in her convent cell. They showed her a heart surrounded by thorns and Mary gave her the terms for the First Saturday devotion:
"See, my daughter, my heart surrounded by thorns which ungrateful men pierce at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude... Say to all those who, for five months, on the first Saturday, confess, receive Holy Communion, recite the Rosary and keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, in a spirit of reparation, I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls."
This is the Fatima promise:
"If My requests are granted ... there will be peace."
Please, please, please make these devotions in honor of Mary's Immaculate Heart and encourage your family and friends to do the same. We offer a free monthly Catholic Holy Days Of Obligation Reminder which also lists the dates for the First Friday and Saturday Devotion each month.
The Angel of Peace, Our Lady Herself, and at a later time, Jesus taught the three Fatima children several prayers that embellish the First Saturday devotion.
Sources for Fatima Prayers: Mother of Christ Crusade booklet, Imprimatur 1947.
New Marian Missal, 1947.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
See the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus here.
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