THE FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS AND REPARATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
The practice of the Five First Saturdays consist 1) in Making Our Confession and Communion. 2) In saying the Rosary devoutly. 3) In spending a Quarter of an hour, in meditation, on one or more of the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making REPARATION.
Little Jacinta, the youngest of the three Seers of Fatima was a tower of strength to the others, and God gave her special lights to understand Our Lady's Message, baby girl though she was! After going to Hospital the little girl said to Lucy: “I am going to Heaven soon. You are going to stay on here to tell the people that God wants to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When you are going to tell them that, don't hide yourself. Tell everybody that God gives us His graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that they must ask for them through Her; that the Heart of Jesus wants to be honoured, side by side, with the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that they must ask for peace through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, because God has given it into Her keeping.”
Our Lady left, the years passed by, Francisco and Jacinta went to Heaven, and Lucy became a Nun. Then one day, eight years later, on December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared to Lucy once again, carrying in Her arms the Baby Jesus.
The Holy Mother showed Her Heart to Lucy, all surrounded with thorns. Then the Baby Jesus, pointing to the Suffering Heart of His Mother, said: “Have pity on this Heart, continually tormented by the ingratitude of men, with nobody to make Reparation!”
After the Infant Jesus had said this, Our Lady added: “Look, My child, look at My Heart surrounded with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it, at every moment, by their blasphemies and ingratitude! Do you, at least, try to console Me; and tell everybody from Me that all, who on the First Saturday of Five consecutive months shall make their Confession and Communion, shall say the Rosary, and shall keep Me company for 15 minutes, while meditating on the Rosary, with the intention of making Reparation, tell them from Me that I promise to help them, at the hour of their death, with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls.”
Two months later, on February 15, 1926, Our Lady again appeared with the Holy Child and urged Lucy to persevere in propagating the devotion to Her Immaculate Heart, in spite of all difficulties.
Lucy asked Our Lady if it was sufficient to make the Confession “during the week”, when it was not possible to make it on the First Saturday. Our Lady answered “Yes”, provided that the Communion was received in a state of grace, and with the intention of making the required Reparation.
(Excerpted from The Five First Saturdays and Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, by L. F. Harvey, 1958.)
ACT OF REPARATION
Most glorious Virgin! Mary, mother of God and our mother, cast a glance of pity upon us poor sinners who, afflicted by the many evils which surround us in this life, feel our hearts wounded by the atrocities, injuries and blasphemies which we are frequently compelled to hear pronounced against thee, immaculate Virgin. Oh! how offensive is such language to the infinite majesty of God and to his only Son, Jesus Christ. How it provokes his wrath and causes us to fear the terrible effects of his vengeance. If the sacrifice of our life would avail anything to prevent such outrages and blasphemies, gladly would we offer it, for, most holy mother, we desire to love and honor thee with all our hearts, such being the will of God. Because we do love thee, we will do whatever is in our power that thou mayest be loved and honored by all. Do thou, meanwhile, mother, full of pity, Sovereign Consoler of the afflicted, accept this act of reparation which we offer thee in our own names and in those of all our families, even of such as, not knowing what they say, impiously blaspheme thee. By obtaining their conversion from God, render yet more manifest and glorious thy pity, thy power and thy great mercy, and they will unite with us in proclaiming thee blessed among women, the immaculate Virgin and most merciful mother of God. Amen.
Three Hail Marys.
O Heart of Mary, I offer, I consecrate to thee my heart; thou shalt ever be the object of my veneration, love, and confidence; I will pay thee my devotions every day; I will celebrate thy feasts with joy; I will proclaim thy greatness and thy goodness without ceasing; I will neglect no means of obtaining thee the honor and the homage which are due unto thee; I will bring all the thoughts and affections of my heart into conformity with thine; and I will make it my duty to imitate thy virtues, especially thy purity and thy humility. Vouchsafe, O Mary, to open to me thy Heart, and to receive me therein, in union with all thy dear and faithful children. Obtain for me the grace I need to imitate thee, as thou hast imitated Jesus Christ; succor me in all dangers, console me in all afflictions, and teach me how to make a holy use of all the goods and ills of life. Amen.