First Saturday Devotion
The First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was first
mentioned by Our Lady of Fatima on July 13, 1917. After showing the three
children a vision of hell 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 be peace... I shall come to ask for... the
Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays..."
Eight years later, on December 10, 1925, Mary and the Child Jesus appeared
to Lucia, the sole surviving Fatima visionary, at a convent in Pontevedra,
Spain. Our Lady rested her hand on Lucia's shoulder, revealing 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 pierce 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 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
Why Five Saturdays?
Christians have always honored the Blessed Virgin on Saturday because of
her constant faith in Jesus on that first Holy Saturday before the
Five first Saturdays of reparation were requested to atone for the five
ways in which people offend the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
- attacks upon Mary's Immaculate Conception
- attacks against her Perpetual Virginity
- attacks upon her Divine Maternity and the refusal to accept her as the
Mother of all mankind
- for those who try to publicly implant in children's hearts
indifference, comtempt and even hatred of this Immaculate Mother
- for those who insult her directly in her sacred images.