What Is the Five First Saturdays Devotion?
During her third apparition, on July 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary announced that she would come to ask for “…the Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays.”
And so it happened, on December 10, 1925, the Blessed Virgin, with the Child Jesus at her side, appeared to Lucy in her cell at the Dorothean house of Pontevedra (Spain) saying: “My daughter, look at my Heart surrounded with the thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me constantly through blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console me, and tell people that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months:
– receive Holy Communion,
– pray five decades of the Rosary,
– and keep me company for a quarter of an hour meditating on the fifteen mysteries with the intention of offering me reparation.
On February 15, 1926, the Child Jesus again appeared to Lucy and she presented him with the problem that going to confession on Saturdays was a difficulty for some people and requested that a confession within a period of eight days before and eight days after the first Saturday be valid. Jesus answered, “Yes, it can even be within many more days, provided they are in the state of grace when they receive Me and have the intention of offering reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
Sister Lucy further raised the possibility that some people might forget to make that intention when they confessed. Our Lord answered, “They can make it in the following confession, using the first opportunity they have to confess.”
During the vigil that Sister Lucy kept on the eve of May 30, 1930, Our Lord spoke in her interior and solved yet another difficulty. “The on the Sunday following the first Saturday, whenever My priests, for just reasons, so grant it to souls.”
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