First Saturdays

ol fatima

The request of Our Lady of Fatima for the first Saturday devotions have never been more urgent with the current state of the world. We desperately need for the consecration of Russia to be done.

The first Saturday devotions are held in Broadstairs each month at 11am and all are encouraged to attend. We know that many travel great distances to fulfil Our Lady’s request and in particular recall a lady from the Isle of Wight who travelled to London for the five first Saturdays. This involved a journey of about 200 miles and included travelling by car, boat and train.

Here is a reminder of what Our Lady specifically requested –

When Sr Lucia experienced the Pontevedra apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she heard her promise to grant great graces, especially at the hour of death, in particular the salvation of the soul, for the believer who for Five Consecutive First Saturdays of Month (5 Saturdays in 5 months) receives Holy Communion and practices the following exercises as an Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Heaven:

  • Sacramental Confession

The confession can take place days before or even after the Holy Communion is received, but the Holy Communion shall be received with dignity, in a state of Grace. The Intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary may be kept to oneself; it is not necessary to notify the confessor priest.

The Holy Communion has to be received within the 24 hours of the first Saturday of the Month. Receiving Holy Communion as part of this devotion must be consciously intended as an Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart. The devotee need not tell anyone else, but keep it in mind. To avoid omitting the Intention every Saturday, the General Intention for the devotion of the Act of Reparation can be mentally or outspokenly stated before starting the First Saturdays (or in between).

  • Five Decades of the Rosary to be recited

The Rosary must also be recited with the intention of making reparation.

  • A separate 15 minute meditation is made on the Mysteries of the Rosary

This Meditation should also be done in an Act of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Rosary Meditations can be done on all 15 of the mysteries or fewer but must last for 15 minutes. This meditation is in addition to the recitation of the Rosary. It can be done alone or in a group and with or without the aid of sacred scripture.

The activities of the Five First Saturdays devotions are different from similar devotions on other days in that all should be done with the specific intention in the heart of making reparation to the Blessed Mother for blasphemies against her, her name and her holy initiatives.