The Five First Saturdays Devotion

“Here, My daughter… the Immaculate Heart of Mary 4. Rosary: In each of the six apparitions of 1917, Our Lady re-
inspired Me to ask for this little act of reparation... to move My quested people to recite the Rosary every day. Since it is a ques-
mercy to pardon souls who have had the misfortune of offending tion or repairing for offences committed against the Immaculate
Her.” Our Lord to Sr. Lucy Heart of Mary, what other vocal prayer could be more pleasing
to her? To comply with the request of our Blessed Mother, it
During her July apparition at Fatima, Our Lady said to Lucia,
must be offered in reparation and said properly while meditating.
“I will come to ask... that on the First Saturday of every month,
Communions of Reparation be made in atonement for the sins of 5. 15-minute meditation: Also offered in reparation, and in addi-
the world.” Although she made no further mention of this devo- tion to the recitation of the rosary. In Lucy’s own words, to keep
tion at Fatima, on December 10, 1925, our Blessed Mother again Our Lady company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the
appeared to Lucia (then a postulant of the Institute of the Doro-
mysteries of the Rosary. It is not required to meditate on all fifteen
thean) at Pentevedra, Spain. It was there Our Lady completed
her request for the Five First Saturdays and gave her great prom- mysteries. To meditate on one or two is sufficient. This meditation
ise. should be the richest of any meditation, because Our Lady prom-
ised to be present when she said “...those who keep me com-
Appearing with the Queen of Heaven in that apparition was
the Infant Jesus elevated on a luminous cloud, Who said to Lu-
cia: “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother 6. The Intention of Making Reparation: Sister Lucy insists on
covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at the sixth condition which is the principal one. Without this gen-
every moment, and there is no one to remove them with an act of
eral intention, without this will of love which desires to make
reparation to Our Lady, to console Her, all these external prac-
Our Lady then spoke: “Look My daughter, at my Heart sur- tices are worth nothing for the Promise.
rounded by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every
moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try
“Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother,
to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist
covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every
at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salva-
moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to
tion, all those who, on the First Saturday of five consecutive
remove them.”
months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five dec-
ades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes
while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the Promises Attached to this Devotion
intention of making reparation to Me.”
The elements of this devotion, therefore, consist in the fol- 1. Salvation of Our Own Soul: To all those who, on the First
lowing points, all of which must be offered in reparation to the Saturday of five consecutive months ... fulfill all the conditions
Immaculate Heart of Mary. One should make this intention be- requested, I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all
fore carrying out Our Lady's requests. the graces necessary for the salvation of their soul. This little de-
“Your Reverence cannot imagine how great is my joy in votion practiced with a good heart, is then enough to procure infal-
thinking of the consolation which the Holy Hearts of Jesus and libly for us - ex opere operato so to speak - as with the sacraments
Mary will receive through this lovable devotion and the great - the grace of final perseverance, of eternal salvation! And this
number of souls who will be saved through this lovable devo- promise is without any exclusion, limitation, restriction. To all
tion.” Sr. Lucy March 1929. who…I promise, Heaven for eternity for five Holy Communions!
Conditions attached to this Devotion 2. Salvation of Sinners: “So many are the souls which the justice
1. Why Five First Saturdays: Our Lord Himself gave the an- of God condemns for sins committed against Me that I come to
swer to Sister Lucy: My daughter, the reason is simple. There ask for reparation. Sacrifice yourself for this intention and
are five types of offenses and blasphemies committed against the pray.” (Our Lady to Sister Lucy at Tuy, June 13,1929.) In consid-
Immaculate Heart of Mary: eration of this little devotion, They (Jesus and Mary) wish to give
1) Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception; the grace of pardon to souls who have had the misfortune of of-
2) Blasphemies against Her Virginity;
fending the Immaculate Heart of Mary, wrote Sister Lucy in a
3) Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the
letter of May, 1930.
same time to recognize Her as the Mother of men;
4) The blasphemies of those who publicly seek to sow in the 3. Peace in the World: “Whether the world has war or peace de-
hearts of children, indifference or scorn or even hatred of this
pends on the practice of this devotion, along with the consecration
Immaculate Mother;
5) The offenses of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I desire its propaga-
images. Here, my daughter, is the reason why the Immaculate tion so ardently, especially because this is also the will of our dear
Heart of Mary inspired Me to ask for this little act of reparation. Mother in Heaven.” Sister Lucy, March 19,1939.
(May 29, 1930)
The setting aside of the first Saturday of the month as a special
2. Confession: This confession can be made before the First day of reparation to Mary did not originate at Fatima, but had been
Saturday or afterward, provided that Holy Communion be re- practiced since the time of St John Eudes in the seventeenth cen-
ceived in the state of grace. In 1926, Christ in a vision explained
tury. The practice was given a further boost by an Italian nun, Sr.
to Lucia that this confession could be made a week before or
even more, and that it should be offered in reparation. (Generally Dolores Inglese, in the late nineteenth century, and was indul-
accepted maximum is eight days.) If one forgets to form the in- genced by both popes St. Pius X and Benedict XV. It was the mes-
tention “They can form it at their next confession taking advan- sage of Fatima though which gave it is present form. In return for
tage of their first opportunity to go to confession.” complying with this request concerning the Five First Saturdays
3. Holy Communion: Before receiving Holy Communion, it is devotion, Mary promised “all the graces necessary for salvation.”
likewise necessary to offer it in reparation to Our Lady. Our
Lord told Lucia in 1930, “The practice of this devotion will be
equally acceptable on the Sunday following the first Saturday
when My priests for a just cause allow it to souls.” Thus not only
the Communion, but also the recitation of the Rosary and medi-
tation on the mysteries can be transferred to Sunday, for just
motives of which priests are left the judges. It is easy to ask for
this permission in confession. It is to His priests, and not to the
individual conscience, that Jesus gives the responsibility of
granting this additional concession.