First Saturday Devotion
As early as 1905, St. Pope Pius X granted indulgences for the devotion of 12 consecutive First Saturdays in honor of the Immaculate Concepcion.
On July 13, 1917, at Fatima, Our Lady said: “I shall come to ask... that on the First Saturday of every month, Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world.”
After 8 years, on December 10, 1925, Our Lady appeared holding her heart encircled with thorns. With her was the Child Jesus, who requested compassion for her mother’s heart.
She asked for 5 successive First Saturdays in reparation for the blasphemies and ingratitude that pierced her Immaculate Heart.
The 4 elements of the First Saturday devotion should each be done with the intention of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: 1) Sacramental Confession – a week before or after the First Saturday, 2) Receive Holy Communion, 3) Pray at least 5 decades of the Rosary with proper meditation, and 4) an additional 15-minute meditation of one or more mysteries of the rosary.
To those who persevere with this devotion, Our Lady promised “to assist them at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation. . . .”
That is the grace of final perseverance. This devotion also instills in us the spirit of penance and reparation to save souls from hell.
In 1930, Jesus told Lucia the 5 blasphemies and offenses committed against His mother’s Immaculate Heart. These are blasphemies 1) against her Immaculate Conception, 2) against her virginity, 3) against her divine maternity and refusal to accept that she is mother of all men, 4) the offense of teaching indifference or scorn, even hatred, towards her mother in the heart of children, and 5) direct insults against her sacred images.
Through our cooperation following the given conditions, Our Lady can intercede that Jesus may grant His mercy and forgiveness. However, our Lord said it does not please Him that many do not do it with fervor, rather completing it only because of the promises. Let us not limit ourselves to only 5 First Saturdays.
In our Shrine Parish, every First Saturday, we have the penitential rosary at 6 in the morning followed by the 7 o’clock Mass and Novena.