The First Five Saturdays of Reparation
The First Five Saturdays of Reparation
Our Lady of Fatima Statue, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish, Newton/Needham, Massachusetts
First Saturday of December, 2013
The First Five Saturdays of Reparation Devotion
Lucia, seer of Fatima, was a postulant in the Convent of the Dorotheas in Pontevedra, Spain, when she witnesses an apparition of the Virgen over a cloud of light, with the Child Jesus at her side. The Most Holy Virgin put her hand over Lucia's shoulder, while on the other she held her heart surrounded by thorns. The Child told her: "Have compassion for the Heart of your Most Holy Mother. It is encircled with the thorns that ungrateful men nail into it at every moment, and there is nobody that would make an act of reparation so as to remove them."
Immediately Our Lady then said to Lucia: "Look, my daughter, at my Heart encircled with thorns that ungrateful men nail into it without ceasing with blasphemies and ingratitudes. At the very least, commit to console me and tell all that, during five successive months, on the first Saturday, they confess, receive Holy Communion, pray the Rosary and keep me company during 15 minutes meditating over the Mysteries of the Rosary, with the end of repairing and mending my Heart. I will promise to assist them all in the hour of their death with the needed graces for their salvation."
Lucia spoke (to Jesus) about the confession for the first Saturdays and asked Him if it was worth doing the devotion for eight consecutive days. Jesus answered her: "Yes; even with more time, so long as they receive me in a state of grace and they have the intention of mending the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
The intention of making this reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary can be made at the very beginning.
Why 5 Saturdays?
After Lucia was in prayer, Our Lord revealed to her the reason for the 5 Saturdays of Reparation: "My daughter, the reason is simple: we are dealing with five types of offenses and blasphemies proferred against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
1. Blasphemies against Her Immaculate Conception.
2. Against her virginity.
3. Against her Divine Maternity, refusing at the same time to receive her as Mother of all men.
4. Against those who publically procure to promote in the hearts of children indifference, despisement and even hatred towards the Immaculate Mother.
5. Against those who affront her directly through or with her sacred images."
"This is why, my daughter, before this affronted Immaculate Heart, my mercy was moved to ask for this small reparation and for attention towards Her, so as to grant pardon to the souls that would have the misfortune of offending My Mother. As far as you are concerned, endeavor unceasingly with your prayers and sacrifices to move Me to mercy for those souls."
Saturday Reparation in Honor of the Heart of Mary
So as to foment more devotion to the Heart of Mary, this pious and very proper Exercise for the First Saturday of the month is added, enriched with a plenary indulgence.
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, pierced with pain by the Injuries with which sinners affront your most holy Name and your sublime prerogatives! Here you have, postrate at your feet, your unworthy child who, burdened by the weight of its own offenses, comes repentant and tearful, and with the spirit to compensate the injuries which, as penetrating arrows insolent and evil men direct towards You. I desire to repair with this act of love and recompense, that I make before your most beloved Heart, all the blasphemies that are launched against your august Name, all the affronts inferred to your sublime prerogatives, and all the ingratitudes with which men correspond to your maternal love and inexhaustible mercy. Accept, O Immaculate Heart, this small demonstration of my filial affection and just recognition, together with the firm purpose to be faithful to you from now on; to come forth in defense of your honor when I see you offended, and to propagate your devotion and your glories. Grant me, O most amiable Heart, that I live and grow incessantly in your holy love, until seeing your Heart consummated in glory. Amen.
Now ask for the graces that you desire to attain through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
To obtain the graces we have asked for, we will now recite the following:
FERVENT PLEAS AND SUPPLICATIONS
I. I venerate you, most amiable Heart of Mary, which ardently burns continuously in live flames of divine love; for your Heart I plead, most loving Mother of mine, embrace my lukewarm heart in that divine fire that inflames you.
II. I venerate you, most pure Heart of Mary, from which springs the Madonna Lily of virginal purity. For it I ask you, my Mother most Immaculate, to purify my impure heart, infusing in it purity and chastity.
III. I venerate you, most afflicted Heart of Mary, pierced with the sword of pain for the Passion and death of your beloved Son Jesus, and for the offenses that are continously made to His Divine Majesty. Make us worthy, pained Mother of mine, to have penetrated my hardened heart with a live dolour for my sins and the most bitter feeling for my affronts and injuries, which the Divine Heart of my Adorable Reedemer receives from sinners.
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, have compassion for us!
Refuge of sinners, plead for us!
O Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!
Meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary each Saturday of the month for 15 minutes - as the Virgen asks us to do. We can do so with the following reflections of Father Claret:
MYSTERIES OF JOY
1. Incarnation. Look, Christian soul, what great humility the Lord teaches you: being God, He makes Himself man; He is burdened with all human miseries, being subject to all punishments. He dressed Himself with humility, never with luxury; He ate humbly; He fled all honors; He never praised Himself; all praises He directed to His Celestial Father. Learn from Jesus to be meek and humble of heart. Do like the most Holy Virgin who, notwithstanding her being sublimated to the almost infinite dignity of being the Mother of God, calls and regards herself as a servant, and is the one who has best imitated the humbleness and meekness of Jesus.
2. Visitation. Christian soul, imitate Mary in all the visits you make; do not murmur nor lose time with them. Edify by good example, and exercise charity with the parents and children of the home. If who you visit are poor, succor them with whatever you have; and in what you cannot reach, make up for it with good words, counsel and prayers, as man does not live by bread alone ... And know, you must, that all the good you do for your kin and neighbours, the Lord, in the day of judgment, will laud, praise and reward you as if you had done it all for Him.
3. Birth. Contemplate, Christian soul, the poverty of Jesus; being most rich and owner of Heaven and earth, He deprives Himself of everything, and even then, is born in Bethlehem so He lacks all the small conveniences and comforts He would have had in the house in Nazareth. The place of his birth is precisely set to be in an exposed cave lacking all relief, in a winter night, without light nor shelter. Learn from the Holy Family to never complain when you see yourself unappreciated or despised; do not be disconsolate when you see yourself without recourse to anything ... Think that this is the way in which Jesus was; give Him thanks because He makes you a participant in His pains, awaiting for when one day you will be a companion in His glories. If you possess riches, do not have them attached to your heart; succor the poor little ones with them, since this is why the Lord has confided them to you.
4. Presentation. To teach us obedience to the Holy Laws of Religion, the Son and Virgen Mother hold on fast to them. Christian soul, learn from Jesus and Mary to obey the holy dispositions and laws of the Church; keep her Commandments; listen to Mass, confess, receive Communion ... Jesus Christ and Mary could have excused themselves from following these ancient laws, but did not. Instead they follow them punctually, while you look for excuses where there aren't any, allowing yourself to be deceived by laziness, by arrogance, for human respect and by ungodliness.
5. The Lost Child. Without fault the Virgin and Saint Joseph lost Jesus; they immediately went in search for Him, and they did not rest until they found Him. Christian soul, learn from Mary and Joseph the diligence you must have in searching for Jesus when you have lost Him because of sin ... O, if you knew that losing the grace of Jesus is a greater loss than if you lost all the riches of the world! Ah, if you just reflected on how you also have lost the riches of Heaven, and have made yourself deserve hell! Ah, how you would cry, how you would look for Jesus with the solicitude of Joseph and Mary! You would also find Him in the temple. Yes, in the temple you will find him, by properly receiving the holy sacraments of penitence and communion.
MYSTERIES OF PAIN
1. Prayer in the Grove. Look at Jesus, Christian soul, placed in the greatest sadness, grief and agony; have compassion for Him, ask Him what is the cause of such great sorrow, and He will reply that it is your sins, and the pains that for them you have deserved; and He, wanting to pay for them for you, feels weary for all that He is to suffer; in addition, His pain increases upon knowing about your scarce gratitude and bad correspondence. Detain yourself, Christian soul; have sympathy for Jesus, repent of your sins, upon seeing that with your sins you have offended a God so good; work for your salvation and make it so that in you the sorrows of your Divine Redeemer are not wasted.
2. Flagelation. Jesus is innocent and yet nevertheless they are lashing Him. He is innocent; He has no crimes of His own to pay for and yet He is charged with yours. For these He is cruelly lashed. ... I am the criminal, I am the one deserving all those lashes. I will do penitence all the days of my life in remission of my sins.
3. Coronation with Thorns. Admire, Christian soul, the patience of Jesus upon suffering with a crown so painful ... have compassion for Jesus, adore Him for being your true King; guard His holy laws, imitate His virtues of patience and long-suffering so that, when you see yourself persecuted, mocked, unappreciated and calumniated, you may suffer patiently like Jesus did, and in this way you will attain the crown of Glory.
4. Cross on His Back. Christian soul, in the sick person, or the one afflicted with a cross of labors and sorrows, you are to look at the person of Jesus, and with your self-reflection imitate the daughters of Jerusalem; have compassion for Him; imitate Veronica, clean the poor patient, dry his or her tears and the sweats with your caresses of charity. Imitate also Simon of Cirene; help Him to carry His Cross. Accompany Most Holy Mary, and do not abandon them ever until death. O, what great merit you will deserve for the glory of Heaven!
5. Crucifixion. Do you know, O Christian soul, that nobody has greater love than the one who gives his or her life for the beloved? Well, Jesus has given His life for you: look and see how He loves you; love with love must be paid; love Him truly. You will love Him if you keep His Commandments, and you receive well and with frequency the Holy Sacraments ... Imitate Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, who un-nailed Jesus from the Cross; this you will do when you receive the Sacrament of Penitence. Saint Paul says that the one who sins, crucifies Jesus Christ once again. Afterwards, the one who confesses, removes the nails from His Cross. Moreover, Joseph of Arimathea gave Him his sepulchre to bury Him. You will give Him your heart, in which you will place Him and will have Him by means of Communion, with the fragrances of the virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity and Humility.
MYSTERIES OF GLORY
1. Resurrection. Look, Christian soul, how disfigured Jesus was in the sepulchre, dead and wrapped in a shroud. Yet, as soon as He resucitates, He leaves the shroud in the sepulchre and comes out triumphant and glorious, without ever dying again. What happiness! What beauty! The Christians who receive the Holy Sacraments of Penitence and Communion with good disposition, resucitate to spiritual life, changing the ugliness of sin into the beauty of grace. In this way, Christian soul, resucitate truly like Jesus did, and leave behind all occasions to sin ... and you will save yourself.
2. Ascension. Christian soul, think that you are created not for the earth, but for Heaven. Heaven is your motherland; there you have your Father, who is God; your Mother, who is Mary most Holy; your brothers, friends and companions, who are the angels and saints. You are on earth a pilgrim, a traveller who must always long for a prompt and happy end to your voyage so as to arrive at your homeland ... this world is a true exile and a sad valley of tears. Love God truly, desire ardently to go to Heaven, prepare yourself with an abundance of good works, and be always disposed to part, to go to the Lord, who will take you to Glory, where you will be happy for all eternity.
3. The Holy Spirit. Upon the arrival of the Holy Spirit the apostles were left full of the grace that He gave them... Here is what you must do, Christian soul: to all is Grace communicated; to some in one way, to others, in some other way. What is important is to be a good and faithful servant; to not hide your talent but instead to practice it until the Lord comes and asks us to render an account and give us the corresponding reward; and that much greater will His reward be when that much greater is our humility, more constant our work and most heroic is our patience.
4. Assumption. Christian soul, imitate Mary most Holy, be faithful to Grace, walk always in the path of perfection; never say enough, nor turn back for the sake of sin. You are to always persevere and go forward in the road of virtue; do not frighten yourself nor stumble; do not entangle yourself with your enemies; do not pause out of human respect. Every day, if you can, hear Holy Mass; pray the Rosary, read some good book. Always go in the presence of God and offer Him all your works and sufferings ... and if, in these good works you are persevering until the end, you will have a good and happy death, and afterwards, the crown of Glory, which you know very well how to desire so much.
5. Coronation of Mary. Christian soul, elevate the sight of your consideration; fixate it on that throne of majesty and grandeur placed to the right of the King; there is seated Mary, and crowned as Queen and Empress of the Heavens and earth, and attorney of sinners ... No grace is dispensed that does not pass through her hands: to Her all the power in Heaven and on earth has been given. This so powerful Lady is your Mother, the most tender and loving. Confide in Her, recourse to Her in all your necessities; love Her with fervor, serve Her with fidelity; reward Her with devotion. I give you the reassuring word that if you are truly devout to Mary, and are perseverant in your devotion, you will reach in this world all the graces you need, and in the one to come eternal Glory, which I wish so much for you. Amen.
Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt - santisimavirgen.com
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