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Last year we sent to many of our volunteers a prayer card titled, New Years Prayers. We weren’t able to provide extra copies of it for free distribution because our stock was depleted.
We have since reprinted the card with a new picture and renamed it 7 Fatima Prayers, since those are the prayers on the back of the prayer card.
We have enclosed a copy of the new prayer card for you. The prayers are referred to as the Fatima Prayers because they are related in some way to the apparitions at Fatima.
Prayers Taught by the Angel
The first prayer was introduced by the Angel of Peace (believed to be St. Michael) who appeared to the three child seers, Lucy, Jacinta, and Francisco, three times in 1916, to help prepare the children for the apparitions of Our Lady in 1917.
The children were tending their sheep, had just finished praying the Rosary and had begun to play a game, when suddenly they saw “a young man whiter than snow, transparent as crystal when the sun shines through it, and of great beauty” — this is the image described by the children.
He said, “Do not be afraid! I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me.” The angel then knelt on the ground and bowed down touching his forehead to the ground, and the children imitated his example. Here is the prayer the angel taught the children:
“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask forgiveness for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love Thee!”
The angel repeated the words of the prayer three times and before he disappeared, he told the children, “Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.”
The next prayer taught by the angel was the third time he appeared to them in 1916:
“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”
Prayers Taught through Our Lady
May 13, 1917 is the date of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima to the three shepherd children. Our Lady asked the children: “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God and bear all the sufferings He wills to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?”
The children answered “Yes, we are.” Our Lady then told the children, “Then you are going to have much to suffer but the Grace of God will be your comfort.”
She then opened Her hands “communicating a light so intense that, as it streamed from Her hands, its rays penetrated our hearts and the innermost depths of our souls, making us see ourselves in God ...” (description given by Lucy of Fatima).
It was then that the children were “moved by an inner impulse” at which point they fell on their knees and by Divine inspiration they prayed the following prayer:
O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee; My God, My God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
On July 13, the third apparition of Our Lady to the three children, She taught them the Prayer of Reparatory Offering. She said to the children “Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice:
“O My Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer this sacrifice to Thee.”
It was during the same apparition that Our Lady said to the children, “When you say the Rosary, pray after each mystery:
“O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.”
The Prayers Given by Our Lord
The final prayers of Fatima were given to Sister Lucy by Our Lord. This occurred in August 1931 while Sister Lucy was recuperating her strength in Rianjo, Spain.
She relayed the following to her bishop (acting on the command of her confessor) — “as I was asking God for the conversion of Russia, Spain and Portugal, it seemed to me that His Divine Majesty said to me: ‘You console Me a great deal by asking Me for the conversion of those poor nations. Ask it also of My Mother frequently, saying:
‘Sweet Heart of Mary, be the salvation of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world.’
“And other times pray:
‘By Thy pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain for me the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world.’”
Almost all the prayers center around forgiveness of sins, conversion, reparation and salvation; and the one that does not specifically mention any of these words was given to the children right after Our Lady asked them to offer themselves to God and bear sufferings as an act of reparation for sin.
Though there are many wonderful prayers given to us in our holy Catholic Faith, those most important and most dear are the ones given to all Catholics directly from Heaven — the Our Father from Our Lord while on earth and the Hail Mary through the Archangel Gabriel.
The Fatima Message centers on reparation and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, all with the intent of saving our souls and those of poor sinners. The way to accomplish these things is through sacrifice and prayer.
In Our Lady’s Message, the prayer of primary importance is the Holy Rosary, which, as you know, is composed mainly of Paters and Aves (Our Fathers and Hail Marys) plus the Glory Be ..., and the Apostles Creed.
The only prayer to be added to the Rosary since Our Lady gave it to St. Dominic back in the 13th Century, is the Fatima Decade Prayer, given to us by Our Lady through the three child seers at Fatima.
We should consider seriously adding these prayers to our daily Rosary and other prayers. They are all the more precious having been given to us by Heaven, only ninety years ago (and the two given by Our Lord were given even more recently) to help us in these difficult times, and as a means of helping others.
As always, we ask you to join us in praying these prayers and helping others to know about them by distributing copies of the 7 Fatima Prayers.
For more copies of the prayer card, please call us at 1-800-845-3047.
In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts,
P.S. By now you may have heard the sad news, that the Portuguese government is about to institute so-called “laws” that will “legalize” murder by abortion.