Chapter 4

The Five First Saturdays Devotion

As we have seen, on July 13, 1917, in a Message deemed authentic by the Church and confirmed by an unprecedented public miracle, the Mother of God promised: “I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.”

True to Her word, on December 10, 1925 Our Lady appeared to Lucy, now Sister Lucy, at Pontevedra, Spain, where she was then living. Our Lady honored one part of Her twofold promise by requesting the Five First Saturdays devotion. She appeared with the Child Jesus by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud. Our Lady displayed Her Heart encircled by thorns, and the Child Jesus said to Sister Lucy:

“Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Then, as Sister Lucy faithfully recounted, the Most Holy Virgin said:

“Look, My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to Me.”

As Our Lord later explained to Sister Lucy, the devotion involves five Saturdays because there are five ways in which people offend or blaspheme the Immaculate Heart:

Soon after this apparition, Our Lady would appear again—this time to keep Her promise concerning the Consecration of Russia.

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