Fatima. Dance of the Sun
Editor in Chief of O Seculo, the great “liberal”, anticlerical daily of Lisbon, Avelino de Almeida, wrote the following testimony, published on the October 15, 1917:
From the road, where the cars were packed together, and several hundred people had remained, not having had the courage to advance towards the muddy field, one could see the immense multitude turn towards the sun, which appeared at its zenith, coming out of the clouds.
It resembles a dull silver disc, and it is possible to fix one’s eyes on it without the least damage to the eye. It does not burn the eyes. It does not blind them. One might say that an eclipse was taking place.
An immense clamour bursts out, and those who are nearer to the crowd hear a shout: “Miracle! Miracle! Prodigy!... Prodigy!...”
The attitude of the people takes us back to biblical times. Stupefied and with heads uncovered, they watch the blue sky. Before their dazzled eyes the sun trembled, the sun made unusual and brusque movements, defying all the laws of the cosmos, and according to the typical expression of the peasants, “the sun danced”…
O Seculo, October 15, 1917
in The Whole Truth About Fatima. Vol.I. Prt.I.
Ch. 10. “The Dance of the Sun”
Colored wheel of fire
"It shook and trembled; it seemed like a wheel of fire." (Maria da Capelinha)
"The sun turned like a fire wheel, taking on all the colors of the rainbow." (Maria do Carmo)
"It appeared like a globe of snow turning on itself." (Father Lourenço)
"The pearl-like disc had a giddy motion. This was not the twinkling of a star in all its brilliance. It turned on itself with impetuous speed." (Dr. Almeida Garrett)
"At a certain moment, the sun stopped and then began again to dance, to spin; it stopped again, and began again to dance." (Ti Marto)
"The sun took on all the colors of the rainbow. Everything assumed those same colors: our faces, our clothes, the earth itself." (Maria do Carmo)
"A light, whose colors changed from one moment to the next, was reflected on the people and on things." (Dr. Pereira Gens)
The Devil's Final Battle
Ch.I. The Message and the Miracle