Portugal, in 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared on six occasions to three little children, Francis, a boy of nine, his sister,
Jacinta, seven, and their cousin Lucy, ten. On October 13, 1917, the day
of the last apparition 70,000 men and women of all classes witnessed a miracle to prove what the children had said and as
the Blessed Mother had promised.
Then all at once, the sun began to spin
round an round, just like a wheel of fire, casting in every direction, like a gigantic magic lantern, enormous beams of light;
green, red, blue, violet and of every color painting the clouds, the earth, the huge crow in fantastic fashion.
After a few minutes the sun stood still,
only to begin again a second and then a third time the same whirling dance in a fairy-like maze of light. While this stupendous
spectacle is holding the wrapt attention of the 70,000 people, the Blessed
Moth presents to the children, as she had promised the a series of living tableaux. In succession, at the side of the sun,
The Holy Family, Our Lady of the Rosary
Joseph carrying the Infant Jesus.
Our Lord, grown up, lovingly blessing the
Our Blessed Mother, herself, as the Lady
Our Lady of Mount Carmel with the scapular
As the tableaux faded, there came the climactic
finale : The sun, after its magic dance of fire, ceased to turn, and like a gigantic wheel, which by the very movement of
turning had become loosened, detached itself from the firmament and hurled down towards the crowd crouching, terror-stricken
on the ground, convinced that this was the end of the world foretold in the Gospels.
From all the vast multitude, suddenly on its knees in fear of death, arose the most
ardent supplications, the most fervent acts of contrition.
But the end did not come. As if stayed by the Divine Hand,
the sun stopped in its headlong descent. When the first fearful heads were raised, the marvels had vanished and the sun was
shining in its usual place in the sky.
Our Lady of Fatima
foretold many of the events following World War I and the horrors of World War II. Through these children of Portugal she has given a special program of prayer and devotion
to lead the world back to God.
Here is the specific program requested by Our Lady of
(a) Frequent, daily if possible, recitation
of the Rosary, especially by the whole family.
(b) The reception of Holy Communion,
after Confession, as an act of reparation to her Immaculate Heart on the first
Saturday of five successive months.
(c) Saying five decades of the Rosary on those days.
(d) Meditating, reflecting on the
mysteries of the Rosary for fifteen minutes some time during the day on which we receive our Communion of reparation.
(e) To add at the end of each decade of the beads the following brief prayer: “O my
Jesus, forgive us our sins, deliver us from the fire of Hell, and give relief to the souls in Purgatory, especially the most
There is also a most remarkable promise as revealed by Lucy, . . .:
“I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for
salvation all those who on the First Saturday of five consecutive months receive Holy Communion, say the Rosary and
spend a quarter of an hour with me in meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary with the object of making reparation
The apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima have been approved by the Church and
the official Statue blessed by the Holy Father Pope Pius XII. Great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima has progressed throughout
the world. A replica of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, referred to as the Pilgrim Virgin, is being transported to various
parts of the world.
Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary of
Immaculate Heart of Mary, my Mother, I come to you this day as a little child
in prayer. I beg to make this offering of my heart as simple and childlike as I can. The three little ones of Fatima
have taught us what it is that pleases your maternal heart.
I earnestly desire that all the people of the world be brought back to a humble
knowledge and love of the Sacred Heart of your dear Son. I pray, dear Mother of my God, that the indescribable beauty and
the glow-white purity of your own Immaculate Heart may so captivate our souls that we will detest all sin and dedicate
our lives to the honor and glory of the God Who created us.
As much as I feel the need of many things, I do not dare in this novena,
Mother Mary, to ask one selfish petition for myself. You revealed the secrets of your own sad heart at Fatima
and begged for the restoration of the world to God. What can I ask of greater good than to unite my heart to yours in this
great yearning? What can I add but the fervent prayer that all the world may listen to your pleading?
I give my heart to you, my heavenly Queen, and in utmost confidence I leave
to you the choice of what is best for me in answer to my prayer of love and reparation. Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima,
I give you my heart. Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, I put my trust entirely in you.
Immaculate Heart of the Mother of my God we implore, through your powerful
intercession the conversion of the hearts of men, complete victory over sin and return of peace which you have promised.
Saint John's Sunday
Missal and Every Day Prayer Book
M. a. Fearns, S. T. D.
Francis Cardinal Spellman
of New York