THE FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS
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)
ACTS OF CONSECRATION
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.
O Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Queen of the most holy Rosary, thou beholdest at thy feet the most miserable of sinners. I deserve not to be called thy child, for I have too grievously offended thy divine Son. But thou art my Mother, my merciful Mother, the Mother of contrite sinners. Oh, reject me not; I acknowledge my sins, I hate them, I detest them, I deplore them in the bitterness of my soul. I firmly purpose never to commit them again. I give thee my heart, I consecrate myself to thee; O Mary, I promise thee an eternal fidelity. O Queen of the Rosary, take possession of my whole being; rule me as my sovereign; banish from my heart all that displeases thee; sanctify my soul, purify my intentions. I wish to love all that thou lovest; thy desires shall be my desires, thy joy shall be my joy, thy sorrows my sorrows. O most holy Mother of Jesus, hear me. Queen of the holy Rosary, hear me, through thy joys, thy sorrows, thy triumphs, have pity on a poor sinner who implores thy mercy. Protect me during life, assist me at the hour of my death; receive my soul, and present it to the Sovereign Judge. Grant me a safe retreat in the fountain of mercy, that with thee I may glorify the Sacred Heart of thy dear Son, for ever and ever. Amen.