Feastday of Our Lady of Fatima

The paragraph in blue, as well as the quote from Pope Paul VI, has been excerpted from “Dictionary of Mary”, from the section entitled, Fatima and the Popes:

Call for Renewal of Personal Consecration

On May 13, 1967, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady at the Cova da Iria, Paul VI went to Fatima on a pilgrimage of prayer and peace.  For that occasion he published an Exhortation directed to the whole Church on the veneration and imitation of the Blessed Virgin entitled Mary, Mother of the Church (Signum Magnum).  In it Paul VI invites all Catholics to renew personal consecration to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of the Church:

It was 25 years ago that our predecessor Pius XII addressed the people of Portugal (October 31, 1942) by radio and solemnly consecrated the Church and the whole human race to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary.  We repeated this consecration on November 21, 1964.  So now we urge all members of the Church to consecrate themselves once again to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to translate this pious act into concrete action in their daily lives.  In this way they will comply ever more closely with God’s will and, as imitators of their heavenly Queen, they will truly be recognized as her offspring.

Two calls; well, three really.  Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, continual renewal of that consecration, and “to translate this pious act into concrete action” in our daily lives.  Mother Mary will show us how.

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Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima

O Most Holy Virgin Mary,
Queen of the most holy Rosary,
you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima
and reveal a glorious message.
We implore you,
inspire in our hearts a fervent love
for the recitation of the Rosary.
By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption
that are recalled therein
may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask,
through the merits of Jesus Christ,
our Lord and Redeemer.


16 Responses

  1. Amen

    (and thank you for this)

  2. You’re welcome. 🙂

  3. Hello. Congratulations for your blog. Do you know why the young people pray the holy rosary? You can watch here fifty testimonies of young university students
    (in Spanish, with english subtitles)
    See it: http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=YxjjyXhO9EA
    It is one of the most watched videos on Youtube in May.

    Santiago (Granada, Spain)

  4. I have been in awe of those who have witness an apparition of our Blessed Mother. But I am close to her none-the-less in praying the rosary…What a tremendous gift to us all. Thank you!!

  5. Cathy, yes, in praying the rosary we are very close to her, and she to us. A “tremendous gift” to cherish.

  6. Santiago, thank you. I have watched it with joy, received much inspiration, and posted about it today.

  7. please give us grace in our family and good health

  8. Our Lady of Fatima, please hear the prayer of johnmari, and bless his family abundantly. Amen.

  9. I just finished saying the Rosary, a prayer I am trying to say more often again. I haven,t prayed it for a long time. I was truely hurt to hear of the damage done to the statues of the Popes, and can only hope, that more people the world over again, will pray the Rosary, to over come the hate, of the dark one, for us all.
    Mother of the living God, pray for us all.

  10. every time i hold the rosary i feel the test of the love of mary my mother and our mother let keep praying the rosary so that we can save our brothers and sisters souls in pagatory (mother mary hold us always on to your heart that we may not be blind fold by things of these world)

  11. these is cool to be with mother mary

  12. Gerald, thank you for your comment, for your concern, and for including people the world over in your rosary intentions. The Immaculate Heart will triumph, and you are drawing down tremendous graces for the world through your prayers. God bless.

    bonies, thank you as well for your prayers for our brothers and sisters and for the souls in Purgatory. It is the first time I have received a comment from your country, and I thank you for reading here and sharing your experience. May our Mother Mary protect you always.

  13. When i pray the Rosary i get inner peace in my heart.

  14. I,m trying to say the rosary more often noe, to Our Lady, but after work sometimes, I almost fall asleep. But I continue, if should one day fall asleep, Im sure Our Most Holy won,t mind. I will finish when I awake, It is my hope that Her children, will turn to Her in the saying of the rosary, worldwide.

  15. I was in Fatima on Dec. 9 2003, and I will never forget the beauty and peace of that day…The sun was shining, deep blue sky, very few people. I met up with Sr. Leopolda, a philippine nun from the oblates of the Virgin Mary of Fatima. She had spent a few years in our town before being sent to Fatima to manage the museum on the Shrine’s grounds. In the museum there were crowns of gold and other jewelry donated to the Blessed mother by people who’d received graces. And there was the crown with JP2’s bullet and one of his papal robes. Sr. told me that he’d sent it a few months before, to be put on display, and when she and the other sister opened the package they were so excited, they felt like school girls, just so joyful. I will always cherish my special visit there. I was in Portugal on business and my boss had told me to add a day to the schedule, because he wanted to go to Fatima to pray for his sick son. I am very lucky to have such a boss!

  16. That is beautiful, Simon. Her gift to you – she is Mary, Queen of Peace…

    Gerard, many of us do fall asleep while saying the Rosary, but it’s a beautiful way to fall asleep, isn’t it!

    Pia, what a wonderful opportunity and experience for you. I don’t know if I will ever get there, but in recent years it’s been one of my dreams… I wonder if there had been many more people there the day before, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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