The Five First Saturdays Devotion is a special request made by Our Lady of Fatima to Lucia at Pontevedra, Spain.
Our Lady of Fatima said to her: “See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me? Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday on five successive months, go to confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.”
What does She ask for on the
Five First Saturdays?
- Confession: the sacramental reconciliation can be received within eight days before or after the reception of Communion, provided the communicant is in a state of grace to receive it.
- Holy Communion: The reception of Communion does not need to be part of a Mass.
- Five decades of the Rosary
- Fifteen minutes meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the rosary: this must be done in addition to the time spent praying the rosary.
There is so much evil in the world right now. This Five First Saturdays Devotion is a way for Catholics to step up and do an act of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for our sins and those of the whole world.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an invaluable gift that Jesus has bestowed upon us. This sacrament not only mends our relationship with the Divine but also fosters unity within the Body of Christ, the Church. At the heart of confession lies the recognition of sin as a barrier between the individual and God. This acknowledgment is not a condemnation but a pathway to reconciliation. The sacrament provides a structured and tangible way for Catholics to express remorse, seek forgiveness, and receive guidance for spiritual growth. It is a powerful encounter with God’s mercy and love, a reminder that no sin is beyond redemption.
As members of the Body of Christ, the Church, our sins not only affect our personal relationship with God but also influence the unity of the entire Catholic community. Confessing our sins to a priest reinforces the understanding that we are all on a shared journey of faith. It nurtures a sense of accountability, humility, and communal support, fostering a stronger, more connected Body of Christ.
Keep reading more about the Sacrament of Confession here.
The Holy Eucharist is the most important of the sacraments because by it we receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. Many Graces come to us when we receive Holy Communion. It is an intimate encounter with Christ, in which we sacramentally receive Him into our bodies, that we may be more completely assimilated into His.
Just as our bodies need food, our souls also do; they require spiritual nourishment. Attending Mass provides us with the Body and Blood of Christ, the Word of God, His teaching, and guidance that equips us to face the challenges of our daily live.
The Holy Mass is where we encounter the living Christ truly present in the Eucharist. As St. John Paul II emphasized, “The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.” Through the Eucharist, we partake in the Body and Blood of Jesus, allowing us to draw nearer to Him in a profound and intimate way.
Keep reading about the importance of the Mass here.
The Rosary is the strongest weapon that Catholics have to call upon Mary when fighting temptations or when we need her to intercede. Here are some famous sayings from Saints about this powerful prayer:
“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.” – Saint Louis de Montfort.
“If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.” – Pope Pius XI.
“Our Lady has never refused me a grace through the recitation of the rosary.” – Saint Padre Pio.
To help with the fifteen minutes of meditation on the mysteries of the rosary, here are some videos that will make it easier not to get distracted!
Remember, Our Blessed Mother welcomes you with open arms and listens to the sincere prayers of your heart!