First Saturday Devotion... Origins
On June 13, 1917 when
she appeared to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, the Most Holy Mother of God
told Lucia dos Santos, "Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved.
He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. I promise
those who embrace it, and these souls will be loved by God
like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne."
The next month, on
July 13, the Blessed Virgin Mary showed the children a terrifying vision of hell.
Then she said, "You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save
them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what
I say to you is done, many souls
will be saved and there will peace... I shall come to ask for...
the Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays...
Our Lady came to
Lucia again, as she promised, eight years later on December 10, 1925, with the Child Jesus
in the Dorothean convent at Pontevedra, Spain. The Blessed Virgin revealed a heart
encircled by thorns. The Child Jesus said: Have compassion on the heart of
your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every
moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation..."
Our Lady spoke next,
saying: " Look, my daughter, at my heart, surrounded with thorns with which
ungrateful men piece it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at
least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with all
the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five
consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the
Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on fifteen mysteries of
the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me."
Devotion... The Signification
always honored the Blessed Virgin on Saturday because of her constant faith in Jesus on
first Holy Saturday before the Resurrection.
On May 29, 1930 Our Lord explained to
Sister Lucia why
for the five first Saturdays devotion. The five because of five
kinds of offenses and blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Five
first Saturday of reparation were requested to atone for the five ways in
which people offend...
the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
(1.) Attacks upon Mary's
(2.) Attacks against her
(3.) Attacks upon her Divine
Maternity and the refusal to
accept her as the Mother of all mankind.
(4.) For those who try to
publicly implant in children's hearts
indifference, contempt and even hatred of
(5.) For those who insult
her directly in her sacred images.