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Saturdays. Historical dates Fatima. First Saturdays Devotion of Five First Saturdays

Apparition of Christ at Pontevedra (1926-02-15)

On December 10, 1925, Thursday evening, the young postulant Lucia, who was only eighteen years old, was visited by Our Lady and the Child Jesus. The Blessed Mother of God showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her hand. Those thorns piercing Her Immaculate Heart are blasphemies and reviling against Her. To remove these thorns the Our Lady asked the faithful to put into practice the Communion of Reparation during the first Saturdays of five consecutive months. She promise to assist with all the graces necessary for salvation all those, who shall: “… confess, 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”

A reserved advice of the spiritual director

Lucia told everything to her superior, Mother Magalhaes, and she was ready to obey the requests of Heaven.
Lucia also informed the confessor of the house, Don Lino Garcia. He ordered Lucia to write down everything about this revelation and to keep these writings, which might be needed. But he didn't do anything and continued to wait.
On December 29, Mother Magalhaes informed Bishop da Silva of what had happened. Then she advised Lucia to write a letter her confessor from Asilo de Vilar, Msgr. Pereira Lopes.
He was very reserved in his response, asked questions, and advised her to wait.

Lucia felt a little sad that she could not fulfil desire of the Blessed Virgin. But she immediately turned to Christ for help:

… the following day, when I received Jesus in Communion, I read Him your letter and I said to Him: “O my Jesus! With Your grace, with prayer, mortification and confidence, I will do everything obedience permits me and You inspire me; the rest You must do Yourself.”

Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite
The Whole Truth About Fatima
Vol.II, Prt.I, Ch.6

Apparition of Christ to Sister Lucia on February 15, 1926

Lucia was very busy with her everyday chores, and was hardly thinking of the apparition of last December 10 at all. One of her obediences was to empty a garbage can outside the garden. One day she came into the yard with another can of rubbish she saw the child and spoke to him about the prayer "Hail Mary". Together they uttered this prayer several times. But since the boy did not want to say a prayer alone, Lucia then recommended him every day to go to one of the nearest church and ask the following: “Oh, my Heavenly Mother! Give me Thy Child Jesus!”

As time went on, Lucia had almost forgotten about the meeting with the child, doing her monastic chores. February 15, 1926, she, as usual, went out into the yard with a basket of rubbish and again met the same boy.

So, on February 15, coming back as usual (to empty a garbage can outside the garden), I found a child there who seemed to be the same one as before, and I asked him:

— Did you ask our Heavenly Mother for the Child Jesus?

The child turned to me and said:

And you, have you revealed to the world what the Heavenly Mother asked you?

And, having said that, he turned into a resplendent child.

Then recognizing that it was Jesus, I said to Him:

— My Jesus! You know what my confessor said to me in the letter I read You. He said that this vision had to be repeated, there had to be facts permitting us to believe it, and that the Mother Superior alone could not spread this devotion.

It is true that the Mother Superior alone can do nothing, but with My grace, she can do anything. It is enough that your confessor gives you permission, and that your superior announce this for it to be believed by the people, even if they do not know who it was revealed to.

— But my confessor said in his letter that this devotion already exists in the world, because many souls receive You every first Saturday of the month, in honour of Our Lady and the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.

It is true, My daughter, that many souls begin, but few persevere to the very end, and those who persevere do it to receive the graces promised. The souls who make the five First Saturdays with fervour and to make reparation to the Heart of your Heavenly Mother, please Me more than those who make fifteen, but are lukewarm and indifferent.

— My Jesus! Many souls find it difficult to confess on Saturday. Will You allow a confession within eight days to be valid?

Yes. It 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?

They can form it at the next confession, taking advantage of their first opportunity to go to confession.

Right after that He disappeared, without me finding out anything more about Heaven’s desires, up to the present.

Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite
The Whole Truth About Fatima
Vol.II, Prt.I, Ch.VI

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