First Saturday Devotions

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Conditions for a Plenary Indulgence from praying the Rosary in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament, privately or publicly:

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 (Exposed or Reposed)

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 Marv, 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."

 

Program:

 

1.  Intentions (voiced or silent)

2. The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • 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 (at least one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be)

4. Completion of Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary  

  • 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 in 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 ithe 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)

 

NOTES

Our Lady said to Lucia at Fatima:

 "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)

 

Optional Prayers

 

The Angeles:

 

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
All: Hail Mary...(see p. 5)
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord
R. Let it be done unto me according to Thy word.

All: Hail Mary...
V. And the Word was made Flesh
R. And dwelt amongst us.

All: Hail Mary...
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:
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 by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection through the same Christ, our Lord. 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.

 

NOTES

The Hail Mary:

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.

 

An Indulgence:                                        

"An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes

either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.82 The faithful

can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead.”83   (CCC: 1471)

 

Regarding Confession within 8 Days:

“Lucia placed before Jesus the difficulty that some people had about confessing on Saturdays, and asked that if it might be valid to go to confession within eight days. ”Jesus replied, "Yes, and it could be longer still, provided that, when they receive Me, they are in the state of grace and have the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

 

(Messages of Fatima, February 15, 1926, The Baby Jesus; http://alcazar.net/salvation6.html)