INTRODUCTION TO THE FATIMA APPARITIONS: DAY 4 – “THE MARIAN APPARITIONS”

THE FIRST APPARITION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

  • Location: Cova da Iria
  • Date: May 13, 1917

Our Lady of Fátima | BritannicaLucia de Jesus, 10 years old, Francisco Marto, 9 years old and Jacinta Marto, 7 years old, after Mass in the church of Aljustrel, village of Fatima, they went to shepherd the flock of sheep in the lands of Lucia’s father, in Cova da Iria. After a kind of flash of lightning, in a bright and serene sky, over a carrasqueira of a meter and little height the Mother of God appeared to them.

According to Sister Lucia’s description, she was “a very beautiful Lady dressed all in white, brighter I will cure some but not others" - the spiritual meaning of the September apparition - Our Lady's Blue Armythan the sun, spreading light brighter and more intense than a crystal glass filled with crystalline water, crossed by the rays of the most ardent sun”. Her visage was of unspeakable beauty, neither sad nor happy, but serious, perhaps with a mild expression of mild censure. What colour are the eyes, the hair of this celestial figure? Lucia never knew how to say for sure! Her dress, more white than the snow itself, looked like fabric of light. She had her sleeves relatively narrow and was closed at the neck, going down to the feet, which, surrounded by a tenuous cloud, they were barely seen brushing the holm oak branches. A cloak covered her head, also white and gold edged, the same length as the dress, involving her almost her entire body. “Her hands were brought together in prayer, supported on the chest, and from the right hung a beautiful rosary of pearl-shining beads, ending with a small cross vivid silver light. [As] a single prop, a fine light-gold necklace, pendant over the chest, and topped off, almost to the waist, by a small sphere of the same metal.”Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter & Our Lady of Fatima, May 13,2016 | PagadianDiocese.org

In this first apparition, Our Lady’s first words were “Do not be afraid! I won’t hurt you!” Where are you from? Asked Lucia. “I’m from Heaven”; replied the beautiful Lady. “What do you want from us?” Asked Lucia. “I came to ask you to come here, six months in a row, on the 13th at this same hour. Then I will tell you who I am and what I want. Then I will come back here a seventh time. Lucia then asked Her to take them to Heaven. “Yes, to Jacinta and Francisco I will take you soon. But you will be here some more time. Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. Whom to embrace, I promise salvation; and these souls will be dear to God, like flowers laid by me to adorn your throne.” The Virgin encourages Lucia, saying that she will never leave her. “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the path that will lead you to God.”

Our Lady of Fatima Miracle - Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church - Albuquerque, NMThe lady added: “Do you want to offer yourself to God to endure all the sufferings that He wants to send you, in an act of reparation for the sins with which He is offended and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?” “Yes we want!” Replied Lucia. “You will therefore have much to suffer, but the grace of God will be your comfort.” It was when she spoke these last words (the grace of God, etc.) that she opened her joined hands for the first time, communicating a light so intense, as if it were a reflection that she sent from them, that penetrating us into the chest and the most intimate of the soul, making us see ourselves in God, who was that light, more clearly than we see ourselves in the best of mirrors. Then by an intimate impulse also communicated, we fell on our knees and repeated ourselves: “O Most Holy Trinity, I adore you…” “My God, my God, I love You in the Blessed Sacrament.” After the first moments, Our Lady added: “Pray the Rosary every day, to achieve peace for the world and the end of the war.” And she vanished…

Blessing+

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, may Almighty God bless + you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

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Shalom!
Culled from “Memórias da Irmã Lúcia I. 14.ª ed. Fátima: Secretariado dos Pastorinhos, 2010”
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Anastasia-Mary
Anastasia-Mary
10 days ago

May God answer all our prayers through the intercession of our lady of Fatima, amen.

Obiam Sampson
Obiam Sampson
10 days ago
Reply to  Anastasia-Mary

Amen

Adaeze
Adaeze
10 days ago
Reply to  Anastasia-Mary

Amen

akunnatochi
akunnatochi
10 days ago

Amen! Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Jude
Jude
10 days ago

Using this time to pray for our country Nigeria and other countries that are suffering from terrorism that through our mother Mary, her son Jesus Christ will help in this situation. Amen

Colette
Colette
10 days ago

O Mary please help us

Adaeze
Adaeze
10 days ago

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Amen

Anozie Richard
Anozie Richard
9 days ago

Okay

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