“To save the souls of poor sinners, God wishes to establish the devotion to my Immaculate Heart throughout the world.” —Our Lady of Fatima
The First Saturday devotion is in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and was requested by Our Blessed Mother at Fatima. Saturdays have traditionally been a day to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary for many centuries, but it wasn’t until 1925 that the First Saturday devotion was revealed. On December 10, 1925, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Sister Lucia at a convent in Pontevedra, Spain. Sister Lucia had previously been the recipient of Marian visions in Fatima, Portugal, along with her cousins Jacinta and Francisco. In this new private revelation eight years after the visions at Fatima, Mary requested the institution of the five consecutive First Saturday devotions in reparation to her Immaculate Heart.
HOW TO PRACTICE THE FIVE FIRST SATURDAY'S DEVOTION:
Confession: Make a good confession within 8 days of the first Saturday with the intention of offering reparation for the offenses against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.
Communion. You should attend Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion with the intention of offering reparation for the offenses against Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.
Recite 5 decades of the Holy Rosary with the intention of making reparation to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart.
15 minutes meditation on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Accompany Our Lady by meditating on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. This can be done by reading the biblical texts of the mysteries of the Holy Rosary slowly thinking of their content. You could meditate on one mystery for 15 minutes at the end of the prayer as Sr Lucia did. This meditation is in addition to the recitation of the Rosary.
Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Immaculate Heart of Mary, my Mother, I come to you in childlike prayer. I earnestly desire that all the people of the world may be brought back to the humble knowledge and love of the Sacred Heart of your dear Son. I pray, dear Mother of my God, that the wonderful beauty and purity of your own Immaculate Heart may so win our souls that we may detest all sin and dedicate our lives to the honor and glory of the God who created us.
You revealed the secrets of your own sad heart at Fatima and begged for penance, prayer, and conversion of the world to God. What more can I do than unite my heart to yours in this great yearning? What can I add but the fervent prayer that all the world may listen to your pleading?
I give my heart to you, my heavenly Queen, and in confidence I leave to you what is best for me in answer to my prayer for love and reparation.
Immaculate Heart of the Mother of my God, I implore through your powerful intercession, the conversion of the hearts of men, complete victory over sin, and the return of the peace which you have promised. Amen
Anyone who practices this devotion with faith will be given extra graces at the moment of their death with the promise of reaching the gates of heaven.