Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

May 13th is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, venerating the the anniversary of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children - Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco at Fatima, Portugal in 1917.
"The message of Fatima includes a call to conversion of heart, repentance from sin and a dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially through praying the Rosary."

Prayer

Pray the rosary including the Fatima decade prayer
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy"
(revealed to the Fatima children by Our Lady of Fatima on July 13, 1917) Pray the Fatima Chaplet (listen to the prayers here)
Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima for the Children of the World O Mary, you freely and lovingly embraced the will of God for you by accepting the call to be the Mother of his Son. With the help of St. Joseph you raised the child Jesus so that he grew in wisdom, age and grace before God and humanity. You appeared to the children of Fatima, confiding in them, though they be young and unknown, to reveal to the world your message of conversion and peace. We ask you now, Our Lady of Fatima, to gather all the children of the world into your loving embrace. Grant them God’s gifts of health and peace, of security and love. Help them to know and use the many gifts and talents they have been given for the betterment of the one human race. Inspire them one day to be men and women of peace. O Lord, through the intercession of your Mother Mary, bless and keep your children. Amen. Reading & Learning Our Lady of Fatima by Lawrence G. Lovasik Our Lady of Fatima by William T. Walsh Crafts & Activities Color this Our Lady of Fatima stained glass window coloring page Watch the children's film The Day the Sun Danced: The True Story Of Fatima Watch The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima
Watch coverage of Pope Benedict's visit to Fatima on EWTN Food & Treats Make some sun-themed treats such as Sun Cupcakes, a Miracle of the Sun cake Make a Portuguese dish for dinner, as the apparitions occurred in Fatima, Portugal

Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us.

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