How to Practice Our Lady of Fatima’s Forgotten Call to the 5 First Saturdays Devotion

Our Lady of Fatima International Pilgrim Statue, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Do you know about the Five First Saturdays Devotion?

In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima appeared six times to the three shepherd children–Lucia Santos, Francisco Marto, and Jacinta Marto.

Our Lady said during the July 1917 apparition, , “I shall come to ask… that on the First Saturday of every month, Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.”

On Dec. 10, 1925, Our Lady returned to Sr. Lucia at the House of the Dorothean Sister in Spain.

She appeared with the Infant Jesus standing on a cloud, requesting acts of reparation for the blasphemies and ingratitude committed against her Immaculate Heart.

Jesus said, “Have pity on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother. It is covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to remove them with an act of reparation.”

Here’s what Our Lady said:

“See, my daughter, My Heart surrounded with thorns with which ingrates pierce me at every moment with blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, make sure to console me and announce that all those who for five months, on the first Saturdays, go to confession, receive Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for 15 minutes meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the purpose of making reparation to me, I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls.”

In 1939, Sr. Lucia added:

“Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion, along with the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven.”

Jesus told Sr. Lucia that “the souls who make the First Five Saturdays with fervor and make reparation to the Heart of your Heavenly Mother please me…”

How to practice the Five First Saturdays devotion

Do the following on the first Saturday of the month for five consecutive months:

1. Go to Confession

2. Receive Holy Communion

3. Pray five decades of the Rosary

4. Meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary for 15 minutes 

However, Our Lord adjusted these requirements for more flexibility:

Confession may be received before or after the first Saturday, as long as the devotee has the intention of making reparation. One must also receive Holy Communion in the state of grace. Jesus adds that if the individual forgets to offer the Confession beforehand, one may offer the next confession as an act of reparation.

Why Five Saturdays?

Our Lord revealed to Sr. Lucia that the number five represents the five sins committed against her Immaculate Heart:

1. Blasphemies against her Immaculate Heart

2. Blasphemies against her perpetual virginity

3. Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, refusing at the same time to recognize Her as the Mother of men.

4. Publicly instilling indifference, contempt, and even hatred toward the Immaculate Mother in the hearts of children

5. Insulting her directly in her sacred images.

Lord, please have mercy on us! Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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[See also: 7 Powerful Messages from Our Lady of Fatima: “The Grace of God Will Be Your Comfort”]

[See also: The 5 Prayers Revealed at Fatima that Every Catholic Should Know]

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Jacqueline Burkepile is the editor for the English edition of ChurchPOP. She is a journalist, former university campus minister, and a wife and mother. You can follow her posts on Instagram and Facebook.