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."
(The Five First Saturdays and Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, L. F. Harvey, pp. 42-44.)
ACT OF REPARATION
(To be recited on the First Saturdays)
Most holy Virgin and our beloved Mother, we listen with grief to the complaints of your Immaculate Heart surrounded with the thorns that ungrateful men place therein at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Moved by the ardent desire of loving you as our Mother and of promoting a true devotion to your Immaculate Heart, we prostrate ourselves at your feet to prove the sorrow we feel for the grief that men cause you, and to atone by means of our prayers and sacrifices, for the offenses with which men repay your tender love. Obtain for them and for us the pardon of so many sins. A word from you will obtain grace and forgiveness for us all.
Hasten, O Mother, the conversion of sinners, so they may love Jesus and cease to offend God, already so much offended, and thus avoid eternal punishment. Turn your eyes of mercy toward us, so that henceforth we may love God with all our heart while on earth, and enjoy Him forever in Heaven. Amen.