“A time will come when the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family. And those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation. But do not be afraid, because Our Lady has already crushed his head.”
Sr Lucia, one of the Fatima visionaries, to Cardinal Caffarra.
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(4th-12th May 2020)
Our Lady of Fatima is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In 1917, Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. They were Lucia Santos, Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto. Our Lady appeared to the children seven times and performed a miracle making the sun dance in the sky, which thousands of people witnessed.
She told the children to say the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and the end of war. This is why Our Lady of Fatima is also called Our Lady of the Rosary. She also requested us to pray the following prayer at the end of each mystery or decade of the Rosary: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”
Later, Our Lady entrusted the children with three secrets. The first was a vision of Hell, and the second was a prophecy of the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II, and the need for Russia to convert to Christianity. The third secret is about the Holy Father being killed with bullets and arrows by soldiers at the foot of a cross, and many other people dying as well. This Marian Apparition was approved by the Holy See in 1930.
The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima is May 13th.
Sister Lucia, who witnessed the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, said, “The final confrontation between our Lord and Satan will be over family and marriage.”
It was Lucia, who on May 13, 1917, at age ten, saw a vision of a great Lady who pointed to the sky saying, “I have come from Heaven. I have come to ask you to come here for six months on the thirteenth day of the month at this hour.”
During the Lady’s fifth apparition, she said, “In October . . . St. Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus to bless the world.” She also promised that during the sixth apparition in October she would perform a miracle for all to see.
On October 13, the three children, along with approximately seventy thousand pilgrims, gathered at the Cova da Iria outside the village of Fatima, Portugal, amidst heavy rainfall that drenched the onlookers and made the ground a muddy mess.
During the apparition, which lasted ten minutes, the sun began to spin wildly, zigzagging across the sky, and then proceeded to dart down upon the crowd. The onlookers were so terrified that many of them screamed with alarm, “We are going to be killed!” Others began confessing their sins aloud, begging for God’s mercy.
Simultaneously, the three visionaries were in an ecstatic vision, wherein Our Lady revealed St. Joseph and the Child Jesus blessing the world. It was precisely at this moment of the blessing of Jesus and Joseph that the sun ceased its radical descent and returned to its proper place in the sky. The secular newspapers attested to the miraculous nature of the event. After the apparition was over, the muddy field and the pilgrims’ clothing, which had been soaked, were now completely dry.
It appears that Our Lady revealed the manner in which the world would avoid degeneration, disaster, and war. What is the remedy?
The message of Our Lady of Fatima is: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” How will Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart triumph? Our Lady is directing us to the solution: “Go to Joseph, what he says to you, do” (Gen 41:55).
When fathers turn their attention to St. Joseph, and His relationship with Mary, his wife, and Jesus, his son, they will learn what it means to be fathers who beget spiritual life in the people around them. Mary is saying, in a sense, “I’m not enough. The world needs Joseph as well, because the world needs fathers like Joseph.”
Recall the words of God, “And he shall turn the hearts of fathers to the children and the hearts of children to their fathers; lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” God is giving us the key to avoiding nuclear disaster; the solution for world peace; the key to saving souls from permanent anguish and loneliness:
Fathers, turn your hearts, souls, and minds toward the filial relationship of Joseph and Jesus, and Joseph and Mary, and learn from him and embody his example of what it means to assume your charitable authority to lead by embracing the woman and the child.
We pray this novena for the strengthening of Catholic marriages, for the restoration of the Domestic Church and in reparation for sins against marriage and family life.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Opening Prayer – The Divine Praises
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.
O Most Holy Virgin Mary, thou camest to Fatima to reveal to three shepherd children the graces received from praying the Holy Rosary. Inspire in us a sincere love of this devotion so that it becomes a life-giving prayer, not a burdensome task.
May our prayers and meditations on the mysteries of our redemption bring us closer to thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Like the children of Fatima, we want to bring God to others. Give us the strength to overcome our doubts and fears so that we may be messengers of the Gospel to our families.
Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that thy Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to Thee. We ask through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that Thou graciously heareth and answereth our prayers, especially these intentions …
(Mention your intentions here)
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Offer one of the 5 prayers given to the children at Fatima:
1) The Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”
Mary told the children that people should add this prayer to the end of each decade of the Rosary.
2) The Pardon Prayer
“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I beg pardon for all those that do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.”
This prayer was given to the children by the angel that visited them in 1916, the year before Mary appeared to them.
3) The Angel’s Prayer
“O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”
This is another prayer given to them by the angel. There was a Eucharistic host and chalice suspended in the air, and the angel led them in kneeling before it and praying this prayer.
4) The Eucharistic Prayer
“Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.”
When Mary appeared to the children for the first time on May 13, 1917, she said, “You will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” According to Lucia, one of the children, a bright light shone all around them, and without thinking about it, they all started reciting this prayer.
5) The Sacrifice Prayer
“O Jesus, it is for the love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners [that I do this].”
Mary gave the children this prayer, as well as the Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer, on June 13th, 1917. The prayer is meant to be recited when you are offering up suffering to God.
The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, 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 Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother most amiable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Saviour,
Mother of mercy,
Virgin most prudent,
Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,
Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Vessel of honour,
Singular vessel of devotion,
Tower of David,
Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comfort of the afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels,
Queen of Patriarchs,
Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
Queen of families,
Queen of peace.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest 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.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God – that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord God, that we, your servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; and by the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord.