First Saturday Devotions

 

 

 

Our Lady of Fatima

 

 

First Saturday Devotions

 

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A Plenary Indulgence is available with the fulfillment of the usual conditions:

 

            Intention of receiving a plenary indulgence

Mass and Communion on the day the Rosary is prayed

Confession within 2 weeks

Five decades of the Rosary prayed before the Blessed Sacrament (Reposed or Exposed)

Prayers for the Holy Father's protection and intentions (see below)

(The Rosary Confraternity, http://www.rosary-center.org/nconobl.htm)

 

 The Reasons for this Devotion

 

To console the Immaculate Heart of Mary, offer reparation for the blasphemies and ingratitude of unrepentant sinners, and for peace in the world.

 

On May 29, 1930 Our Lord explained to Sister Lucia the reason for the Five First Saturdays:

 

“Mv daughter, the reason is simple.  Against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, five kinds of offenses and blasphemies are committed:

 

1.  Those committed against the Immaculate Conception;                   

 

2.  Those committed against the virginity of Our Lady;

 

3.  Those committed against the Divine maternity, refusing at the same time, to accept her as the

     mother of men;

 

4.  Those committed by men who publicly attempt to instill indifference, scorn and even hatred for

      this Immaculate Mother in the hearts of children;

 

5.  Those committed by men who insult her directly in her statues."

 

At Fatima Our Lady said to Lucia:

 

"Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her."

 

 "I promise to help at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, whoever, on the first Saturday of 5 consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion. recite 5 decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to my Immaculate Heart."

 

 "If my requests are not granted, Russia will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed!"

 

"In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph, Russia will be converted and there will be peace!"

 

(Fatima in Lucia's Own Words, Fr. Louis Kondor, SVD, Secretariado dos Pastorinhos, Fatima, Portugal)

 

 

 

Suggested Program for First Saturday Devotions

 

1. Silent or Spoken Intentions

   

2. The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(To learn how to pray the Rosary, please scroll down.)

           

       The Joyful Mysteries

                       

                        The Annunciation  - "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”(Lk1:28)

                        The Visitation        - "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is

                                                          the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen

                                                          to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to

                                                          me?” (Lk1:42-43)

                        The Nativity          - “Today in the city of David a savior has been born

                                                          for you who is Messiah and Lord.” (Lk2:11)

                        The Presentation   - “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of

                                                          many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed

                                                          and you yourself a sword will pierce that the thoughts

                                                          of many hearts may be revealed."      (Lk2:34-35)

                                                   

                        The Finding in the Temple

                                                       - "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know

                                                           that I must be in my Father's house?" (Lk2:49)                                              

 

3. Prayers for the Holy Father (for his health, safety and spiritual strength) 

       Our Father

       Hail Mary

       Glory Be

 

4. Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary  

 

(Please meditate for one minute on each of the remaining Mysteries of the Rosary with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

 

The Luminous Mysteries

           

            The Baptism of Jesus 

                                              - "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well

                                                   pleased." (Mt3:17)

            The Marriage feast at Cana

                                              - "Do whatever he tells you."  (Jn2:5)

            The Messianic Kingdom  Proclaimed

                                              - "To the other towns also I must proclaim

                                                  the good news of the kingdom of God, because

                                                  for this purpose I have been sent." (Lk4:43)

             The Transfiguration - "This is my chosen Son; listen to him." (Lk9:35)

             The Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist                                                                             

                                              - "This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me. 

                                                 This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.” (Lk22:19-20)

                                                                                                                                   

The Sorrowful Mysteries

           

            The Agony in the Garden   

                                              - "Father, if you are willing, take this cup

                                                 away from me; still, not my will but yours be

                                                  done." (Lk22:42)

            The Scourging at the Pillar

                                              - "What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime.

                                                  Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him." (Lk:23:22)

                                                 

            The Crowning of Thorns    

                                              - “And the soldiers placed a crown out of thorns on his head,

                                                  and clothed him a purple cloak and said, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!" (Jn19:2-3)

                        The Carrying of the Cross

                                                          - “Carrying the cross himself he went out to the Place of the Skull,

                                                               in Hebrew, Golgotha.  (Jn19:17)

                        The Crucifixion        - “There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side,

                                                               with Jesus in the middle.” (Jn19:18)

            

            The Glorious Mysteries

                       

                        The Resurrection     - "Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.

                                                              He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.”(Mt.28:5-6)

                        The Ascension          - "Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?

                                                              This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the

                                                              same way as you have seen him going into heaven." (Acts1:11)
                       
The Descent of the Holy Spirit      

                                                          - “There appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came

                                                               to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and

                                                              began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to   proclaim.” (Acts2:3-4)

                        The Assumption of Mary   

                                                          -  "You are the glory of Jerusalem the surpassing joy of Israel; You are

                                                               the splendid boast of our people. With your own hand you have done all this; You

                                                               have done good to Israel and God is pleased with     what you have wrought. May you

                                                               be blessed by the Lord   Almighty forever and ever! "  (Ru15:9-10)

                                                                                                              

                        The Coronation of Mary    

                                                         -  “A great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun,

                                                              with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”

                                                                                                                                                     (Rev12:1)

 

 

PRAYERS AFTER THE ROSARY

(The Rosary is a complete prayer and no other prayers are necessary.  Tradition, however, gives the following three most recited prayers after the Rosary.)

 

The Hail Holy Queen

"Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy; our life, our sweetness and our hope.  To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve, mourning and sighing in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious  advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the most Blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary; pray for us O holy Mother of God; that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ."

....and let us pray....

 

The "Prayer after the Rosary"

"O God, Whose only Begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating on the mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ, Our Lord, Amen."

....and....

The Divine Invocation

"May the Divine assistance remain always with us; and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen."

 

OPTIONAL PRAYERS

 

The Angeles

     V. "The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary."

    R. "And she conceived of the Holy Spirit." (pray a Hail Mary)

    V. "Behold the handmaid of the Lord."

    R.  "Be it done to me according to thy word." (pray a Hail Mary)

    V.  "And the Word was made Flesh."

    R.  "And dwelt amongst us." (pray a Hail Mary)

    V.  "Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God"

    R.  "That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ."

    V.  "Let us pray."

    V. R. " Pour forth, we beseech Thee O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation  of Christ, Thy Son, was made known to us by the message of an angel; may      we, by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who lives and reigns in the Unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever, Amen. 

 

 

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

V. Lord, have mercy.
R.
Christ, have mercy.
V.
Lord, have mercy, Christ, hear us,
R.
Christ, graciously hear us.

V. God, the Father of Heaven,
R.
Have mercy on us.
V.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
R.
Have mercy on us.
V.
God the Holy Spirit,

R. Have mercy on us.
V.
Holy Trinity, One God,
R.
Have mercy on us.

The Response for the Following is: Pray for us.

Holy Mary,
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of Virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of Divine Grace,
Mother most Pure,

Mother most Chaste,
Mother Inviolate,

Mother Undefiled,
Mother most Amiable,
Mother most Admirable, 
Mother of good Counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most Prudent,
Virgin most Venerable,
Virgin most Renowned,
Virgin most Powerful,
Virgin most Merciful,
Virgin most Faithful,
Mirror of Justice,
Seat of Wisdom,
Cause of our Joy,
Spiritual Vessel,

Vessel of Honor,
Singular Vessel of Devotion,

Mystical Rose,

Tower of David,

 

Tower of Light,

House of God,

Ark of the New Covenant,
Gate of Heaven,
Morning Star,
Health of the Sick,
Refuge of Sinners,
Comforter of the Afflicted,
Help of Christians,
Queen of Angels, 
Queen of Patriarchs, 

Queen of Prophets,
Queen of Apostles,
Queen of Martyrs,
Queen of Confessors,
Queen of Virgins,
Queen of all Saints,
Queen conceived without Original Sin,
Queen assumed into Heaven,
Queen of the most Holy Rosary,

Queen of Peace,

Our Loving Mother,

 

V. Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins

    of the world,
R.
Spare us, O Lord!.
V.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins

    of the world,
R.
Graciously hear us, O Lord!
V.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins

    of the world,
R.
Have mercy on us. .

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the

     promises of Christ.

 Let us pray,

Grant, we beg Thee O Lord God, that we Thy servants may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

How to Pray the Rosary

Pray the Rosary by meditating on the events in the lives of Jesus and Mary contained in the mysteries of the Rosary.  Please begin by invoking the Power of the Holy Spirit. 

[You may begin the prayer of the Rosary by signing yourself with the sign of the cross:  The right hand traces a cross from forehead to lower chest; then to left and right shoulders. The forehead and both shoulders form a triangle, the sign of the Most Holy Trinity.]

The initial prayers are the Apostles' Creed and the Our Father:

THE APOSTLES' CREED

"I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell and on the third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.  Amen."

THE OUR FATHER

"Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."

Those who are disposed may add:  

"For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever and ever.  Amen."

Then pray three Angelic Salutations, the Hail Mary, for the intention of increases in the Baptismal virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity:

"Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen."

Then pray a Glory be...

THE GLORY BE

"Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen."

After every Glory be... in the Rosary, Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima  requested this prayer:

"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell.  Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those souls in most need of your mercy."

Throughout the Rosary, all are invited to add this prayer given to Nancy by Our Loving Mother:

"God, our Father, please send us holy priests; all for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all for the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with St. Joseph and Holy Mother Church." (December 4, 1990)

Then, as at Fatima, Conyers, and all over the world, the first words of the Angelic Salutation, the Ave is sung:

"Ave, ave, ave Maria----ave, ave, ave Maria!"

PRAYING A DECADE OF THE ROSARY

A "decade" of the Rosary consists of the introduction of the particular Mystery of the Rosary, and praying the Our Father,  ten Hail Marys, ("the fertilizing rain of the Angelic Salutation"), a Glory be..., an O my Jesus, a God, our Father, and an Ave.

                          

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