Five First Saturdays
whomever embraces this devotion, I promise salvation.”
Lady of Fatima, June 13, 1917
The History and the Text of the Promise.
10,1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to Sister Lucy (then a
postulant of the Institute of the Dorothean Sisters at Pontevedra,
Spain) and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the
Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder
and as She did so, She showed Her Heart encircled by thorns, which
She was holding in her other hand.
t the same
time, the Child said: Have compassion on the Heart of your
Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men
pierce it at every moment and there is none to make an act of
reparation to remove them. Then the Most Holy Virgin said: Look,
my daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful
men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude.
You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I
promise to assist, at the moment of death, with all the graces
necessary for salvation, all those who:
on the first Saturday of five consecutive months,
receive Holy Communion,
recite five decades of the Rosary and
keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen
mysteries of the Rosary,
with the intention of making reparation to Me.
2. Some precisions
on the conditions of the Promise.
WHY FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS?
Himself gave the answer to Sister Lucy:
the reason is simple. There are five types of offences and
blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary
1 - Blasphemies
against the Immaculate Conception;
2 - Blasphemies
against Her Virginity;
3 - Blasphemies
against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the same time
to recognise Her as the Mother of men; 4 - The blasphemies of
those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children, indifference
or scorn or even hatred of this Immaculate Mother;
5 - The
offences of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy images.
Here, my daughter, is the reason why the Immaculate Heart of Mary
inspired Me to ask for this little act of reparation . . (May
asked Our Blessed Lord: My Jesus! Many souls find it difficult
to confess on Saturday. Will Thou allow a confession within eight
days to be valid He replied:
can even be made later on, provided that the souls are in the
state of grace when they receive Me on the First Saturday and
that they had the intention of making reparation to the Sacred
Heart of Mary. - My Jesus! And those who forget to form this intention?
form it at the next confession, taking advantage of their first
opportunity to go to confession. (February 15, 1927)
therefore (a) the confession should be made as close as
possible to the First Saturday; (b) we must be sorry
for our sins, not only because we have offended God but also with
the intention of making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Mary.
THE HOLY COMMUNION.
Father Goncalves, Lucy's confessor, asked her in a letter of May
29,1930 if one cannot fulfil all the conditions on a Saturday,
can it be done on Sunday? People in the country, for example,
will not be able very often because they live quite far away.
Our Lord gave the answer to Sister Lucy during the night of May
29 - 30:
of this devotion will be equally acceptable on the Sunday following
the First Saturday when My Priests, for a just cause, allow it
Let us note
that it is to His Priests and not to the individual conscience,
that Jesus gives the responsibility of granting this additional
is a question of repairing for offences committed against the
Immaculate Heart of Mary, what other vocal prayer could be more
pleasing to Her than that which She requested the people to recite
THE 15 MINUTE MEDITATION.
This is in
addition to the recitation of the Rosary. It requires, in Lucy
s own words, to keep Our Lady company for fifteen minutes while
meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary. It is not required
to meditate on all fifteen mysteries. To meditate on one or two
THE INTENTION OF MAKING REPARATION.
least, try to console Me. Without this general intention,
without this will of love which desires to make reparation to
Our Lady, to console Her, all these external practices are worth
nothing for the Promise. This is clear.
3. The Promises
attached to this Devotion.
THE SALVATION OF OUR OWN SOUL.
those who, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months ...
fulfil all the conditions requested, I promise to assist them
at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation
of their soul. This little devotion practised with a good
heart, is then enough to procure infallibly for us - ex opere
operato so to speak - as with the sacraments - the grace of final
perseverance, of eternal salvation! And this promise is without
any exclusion, limitation, restriction. To all who ..... I
promise. Heaven for eternity for five Holy Communions!
THE SALVATION OF SINNERS.
are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins committed
against Me that I come to ask for reparation. Sacrifice yourself
for this intention and pray. (Our Lady to Sister Lucy at Tuy,
June 13,1929.) In consideration of this little devotion, They
(Jesus and Mary) wish to give the grace of pardon to souls who
have had the misfortune of offending the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
wrote Sister Lucy in a letter of May, 1930.
PEACE IN THE WORLD.
the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion,
along with the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart
of Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially
because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven. Sister
Lucy, March 19,1939.
these information about the First Saturdays
taken from the book
Whole Truth about Fatlma
Michel de la Sainte Trinite
11, pp. 245 - 277.
Thomas Aquinas Bookstore
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help you secure all the graces necessary for salvation at the
hour of your death promised by Our Blessed Lady to those who practise
this little devotion of the Five First Saturdays, we provide you
with a grill to fill out as you gradually fulfil all the conditions.
Heart of Mary,
Heart of Mary, convert sinners,
souls from hell.
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at least, try to console Me.”
- Our Lady of Fatima,December 10,1925 -