FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION
MARY'S GREAT PROMISE
“Behold my Heart surrounded with the thorns which ungrateful men place therein at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console me, and tell them that I promise to help at the hour of death, with the graces needed for salvation, whoever, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months shall:
- Confess and receive Holy Communion,
- Recite five decades of the Rosary,
- And keep me company for fifteen (extra) minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”
(Revelation of Our Lady of Fatima to Sr. Lucia)
ROSARY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES
First Mystery.—The Annunciation.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how the angel Gabriel saluted our blessed Lady with the title, Full of Grace, and declared unto her the Incarnation of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
O Holy Mary, Queen of virgins, by the most high mystery of the Incarnation of thy beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, by which our salvation was so happily begun: obtain for us, by thy intercession, light to know this so great benefit which He hath bestowed upon us, vouchsafing in it to make Himself our Brother, and thee, His own most beloved Mother, our Mother also. Amen.
Second Mystery.—The Visitation.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how the Blessed Virgin Mary, understanding from the angel that her cousin St. Elizabeth had conceived, went with haste into the mountains of Judea to visit her, and remained with her three months.
O Holy Virgin, most spotless mirror of humility, by that exceeding charity which moved thee to visit thy holy cousin, St. Elizabeth, obtain for us by thy intercession, that our hearts may be visited by thy most holy Son, that being freed from all sin, we may praise Him and give Him thanks for ever. Amen.
Third Mystery.—The Nativity.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how the Blessed Virgin Mary, when the time of her delivery was come, brought forth Our Redeemer, Christ Jesus, at midnight, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for Him in the inns of Bethlehem.
O Most pure Mother of God, by thy virginal and most joyful delivery, by which thou gavest unto the world thy only Son, Our Saviour; we beseech thee, obtain for us, by thy intercession, grace to lead so pure and holy a life in this world that we may worthily sing without ceasing, both day and night, the mercies of thy Son, and His benefits to us by thee. Amen.
Fourth Mystery.—The Presentation.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the day of her purification, presented the Child Jesus in the Temple, where holy Simeon, giving thanks to God, with great devotion received Him into his arms.
O Holy Virgin, most admirable mistress and pattern of obedience, who didst present in the Temple the Lord of the Temple, obtain for us, of thy beloved Son, that with holy Simeon and devout Anna we may praise and glorify Him for ever. Amen.
Fifth Mystery.—The Finding in the Temple.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how the Blessed Virgin Mary, having lost her beloved Son in Jerusalem, sought Him for the space of three days, and at length found Him in the Temple, in the midst of the doctors, disputing with them, being of the age of twelve years.
Most Blessed Virgin, more than martyr in thy sufferings, and yet the comfort of such as are afflicted, by that unspeakable joy wherewith thy soul was filled in finding thy beloved Son in the Temple, in the midst of the doctors, disputing with them, obtain of Him for us so to seek Him and to find Him in the holy Catholic Church that we may never be separated from Him. Amen.
THE SORROWFUL MYSTERIES
First Mystery.—The Agony in the Garden.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how Our Lord Jesus Christ was so afflicted for us in the Garden of Gethsemane, that His body was bathed in a bloody sweat, which ran trickling down in great drops to the ground.
Most holy Virgin, more than martyr, by that ardent prayer which thy beloved Son poured forth unto His Father in the garden, vouchsafe to intercede for us, that our passions being reduced to the obedience of reason, we may always and in all things conform and subject ourselves to the will of God. Amen.
Second Mystery.—The Scourging at the Pillar.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how Our Lord Jesus Christ was most cruelly scourged in Pilate's house, the stripes He received being innumerable.
O Mother of God, overflowing fountain of patience, by those stripes thy only and most beloved Son vouchsafed to suffer for us, obtain of Him for us grace that we may know how to mortify our rebellious senses, and cut off all occasions of sinning with that sword of grief and compassion which pierced thy most tender soul Amen.
Third Mystery.—The Crowning with Thorns.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how those cruel ministers of Satan platted a crown of sharp thorns, and most cruelly pressed it on the most sacred head of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
O Mother of our eternal Prince and King of glory, by those sharp thorns wherewith His most holy head was pierced, we beseech thee that, through thy intercession, we may be delivered from all motions of pride, and, in the day of judgment, from that confusion which our sins deserve. Amen.
Fourth Mystery.—The Carrying of the Cross.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how Our Lord Jesus Christ, being sentenced to die, bore with great patience the cross, which was laid upon Him for His greater torment and ignominy.
O Holy Virgin, example of patience, by the most painful carrying of the cross on which thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, bore the heavy weight of our sins, obtain for us of Him, through thy intercession, courage and strength to follow His footsteps, and to bear our cross after Him unto the end of our lives. Amen.
Fifth Mystery.—The Crucifixion.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how Our Lord Jesus Christ, being come to Mount Calvary, was stripped of His clothes, and His hands and feet most cruelly nailed to the cross, in the presence of His most afflicted Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, as the body of thy beloved Son was for us stretched on the cross, so may our desires be daily more and more extended in His service, and our hearts wounded with compassion for His most bitter Passion; and thou, O most blessed Virgin, graciously vouchsafe, by thy powerful intercession, to help us to accomplish the work of our salvation.
THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES
First Mystery.—The Resurrection.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how Our Lord Jesus Christ, triumphing gloriously over death, rose again the third day, immortal and impassible.
O Glorious Virgin Mary, by that unspeakable joy thou receivedst in the Resurrection of thine only Son, we beseech thee obtain of Him for us that our hearts may never go astray after the false joys of this world, but may be ever and wholly employed in the pursuit of the only true and solid joys of heaven. Amen.
Second Mystery.—The Ascension.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how Our Lord Jesus Christ, forty days after His Resurrection, ascended into heaven, attended by angels, in the sight and to the great admiration of His most holy Mother, His holy apostles and disciples.
O Mother of God, Comfortress of the afflicted, as thy beloved Son, when He ascended into heaven; lifted up His hands and blessed His apostles, so vouchsafe, most holy Mother, to lift up thy pure hands to Him for us, that we may enjoy the benefits of His blessing, and thine also, on earth and hereafter in heaven. Amen.
Third Mystery.—The Descent of the Holy Ghost.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how Our Lord Jesus Christ being seated on the right hand of God, sent, as He had promised, the Holy Ghost upon His apostles, who, after His Ascension, returning to Jerusalem, continued in prayer and supplication with the Blessed Virgin Mary, expecting the fulfilment of His promise.
O Sacred Virgin, tabernacle of the Holy Ghost, we beseech thee, obtain by thine intercession, that this most sweet Comforter, Whom thy beloved Son sent down upon His apostles, filling them thereby with spiritual joy, may teach us in this world the true way of salvation, and make us walk in the paths of virtue and good works. Amen.
Fourth Mystery.—The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how the glorious Virgin, languishing upon earth for many years after the Resurrection of her Son, passed out of this world at length, and was by Him assumed into heaven, accompanied by the holy angels.
O Most prudent Virgin, who entering the heavenly palace didst fill the holy angels with joy and man with hope, vouchsafe to intercede for us at the hour of our death, that being delivered from the illusions and temptations of the devil, we may joyfully and securely pass out of this temporal state to enjoy the happiness of eternal life. Amen.
Fifth Mystery.—The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin.
Let us contemplate in this mystery how the glorious Virgin Mary was, to the great jubilee and exultation of the whole court of heaven, and particular glory of all the saints, crowned by her Son with the brightest diadem of glory.
O Glorious Queen of all the heavenly citizens, we beseech thee accept this Rosary, which as a crown of roses we offer at thy feet, and grant, most gracious Lady, by thy powerful intercession, that our souls may be inflamed with so ardent a desire of seeing thee so gloriously crowned, that it may never die in us until it shall be changed into the happy fruition of thy blessed sight. Amen.
Source: Prayer-book for Religious, 1914.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
O Mary, Virgin and most powerful Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and Refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves today to thine Immaculate Heart. We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life, all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To thee we give our bodies, our hearts and souls, to thee we give our homes, our families, and our country. Mindful of this consecration, we now promise to imitate thee by the practice of Christian virtues, without regard for human respect. We resolve to receive Holy Communion on the first Saturday of every month when possible, and to offer daily five decades of the Rosary, with all our sacrifices, in the spirit of penance and reparation. Amen.