For several generations faithful Catholics have had in their spiritual toolkit another devotional practice focusing on the Blessed Virgin Mary (which, as all Marian devotions do, leads one closer to Jesus).
The “Five First Saturdays” were instituted at the request of Mary in 1925, during an Apparition to Lucia, one of the then only surviving seers of Fatima.
Our Lady requested that the faithful, on the first Saturday of the month for five consecutive months:
- Go to Confession
- Receive Holy Communion
- and pray the Rosary for fifteen minutes, all the while meditating on the fifteen mysteries in a spirit of reparation
Communion can be received in the usual ways: either at Mass, such as a Saturday morning daily Mass or the Saturday Evening Vigil Mass, or from a priest or Eucharistic Minister, or during a Communion Service. Many parishes may have such a service to assist people in fulfilling the requirements. Check around your locale at Mass Times for parishes.
Why five Saturdays? Our Lady requested that for the following reasons:
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, contempt and even hatred of this Immaculate Mother
- for those who insult her directly in her sacred images.
I am posting this now as tomorrow, August 2nd, is Saturday, and the first one of the month. It’ll be a good time to start as there are only five calendar months remaining in the year, so it’s easy to remember. When I did this devotion, I usually selected November through March, as they are the five full (or nearly full) months without any Major League Baseball regular season games. I’ve never heard of anyone selecting any particular months to do this (any five will do, as long as they are consecutive.) But in my opinion, try five that will be easy to remember to complete the devotion. The first five months of the year, or the last five, or if your favorite sport has a five month-long offseason, or something else entirely, whatever works! 😉
Why consecutive? I don’t know, probably to link them all in a continuity.
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