Most Sacred Heart

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.”

— Our Lady of Fatima to Sr. Lucia (Dec. 10, 1925)


MEDITATION ON THE HOLY ROSARY

A SAMPLE MEDITATION FOR THE FIRST SATURDAY

PREPARATORY PRAYER

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.

SETTING

Imagine that you are at Fatima in 1917. You see Our Lady radiant with heavenly light and resplendent beauty. She is holding out to you the rosary as she bids you with motherly solicitude say the rosary daily, assuring you at the same time: “I am the Lady of the Rosary.”

FRUIT

Beg to realize more fully why Our Lady loves the rosary as her favorite prayer and asks that it be recited daily by all.

1. The joyful mysteries teach us faith through the mystery of the Incarnation as those mysteries portray for us the Son of God becoming man out of infinite love. The scene of the Annunciation discloses God Himself awaiting Mary's royal word of consent at the very fullness of time.

What faith beyond compare did the humble handmaid of the Lord exercise in order to believe the message of Gabriel, to believe that the infinite and august Deity was becoming man within her chaste bosom through purest love without the slightest detriment to her sacred virginity. Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Ghost, cries out in ecstasy at this unparalleled faith on the part of God's Mother: “Blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.” Elizabeth, John (as yet unborn), Zachary, Joseph, the shepherds, the Magi, Simeon and Anna, and we too are all blessed by the faith of Mary since we share in it and enjoy its fruits.

Mary adores her own Infant as the God of heaven and earth in the abandoned cattle cave. She offers to His Father this Infant of forty days, the destined victim for the sins of the world. When He is twelve years old, she hears Him acknowledge in the Temple, God in heaven as His eternal Father—yet He returns to Nazareth for eighteen years to be subject to Joseph and to her. What a life sublime and unequaled faith are required of Mary as Mother of the Son of God!

We are exercising faith in the same Incarnate God now present in the Eucharist, which is daily presented for us from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof, presented in sacrifice as a clean oblation, present at all times in the temple of our Church, hidden there in the Blessed Sacrament as He was in Joseph's modest home. Yet more: He dwells within our souls through sanctifying grace just as really—though even more obscurely than at Nazareth—and we too can exercise a Marian faith in this real presence of the divine guest dwelling in our souls.

Pause for five minutes in prayer.

2. The sorrowful mysteries teach us hope through the mysteries of the Redemption. To contemplate Christ in mortal agony in a bloody sweat for love of us, Christ beneath the lash in atonement of our sensuality, Christ thorn-crowned, laboring beneath the cross, and finally dying in shame upon it—here in the infinite love of His Sacred Heart is the true source of all our hope.

Mary is associated with Him in this work of our redemption, even as Eve was associated with the first Adam in our fall. Mary stands beneath the tree of pain to offer the sacrifice of Jesus in order that we, her children of adoption, might live. She is coredemptrix and dispensatrix of all the graces won for us by Jesus crucified. Certainly this Mother of mankind is our hope, because in the very exercise of her spiritual motherhood of men she is obeying the dying commission of her Son. By the wounds of Christ, imprinted throughout His sacred body and stigmatized in His Mother's heart, we lay claim to the eternal life which He died to obtain for us.

Pause for five minutes in prayer.

3. The glorious mysteries allow us to see the goal of our existence and so enkindle charity. He arose and ascended into heaven, there to prepare a place for us. He sends the Holy Ghost to carry to completion the work of the Incarnation and the Redemption by the sanctification of mankind through this Spirit of divine love, who is poured forth upon us. Mary our Mother reigns glorious with Him in heaven, there exercising her divinely given office as Mediatrix of All Graces until the last of the elect will have been brought to the goal of final and eternal union with the most blessed Trinity in eternal union of love.

Pause for five minutes in prayer.

SUMMARY

1. The joyful mysteries increase our faith through the Incarnation.

2. The sorrowful mysteries increase our hope through the Redemption.

3. The glorious mysteries increase our love through the work of sanctification.

FINAL PRAYER

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope in, I love you. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, or adore, or hope in, or love you.

Source: “Are You Heeding Fatima?” (1948).


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