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Our Lady of Fátima

Our Lady of Fátima

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima

On this day in the year of Our Lord 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to three shepherd children on a hillside near Fátima in Portugal, heralded by three apparitions of the guardian angel of Portugal the previous year. Ss. Francisco and Jacinta Marto were just eight and seven years old at the time; their cousin Venerable Lucia dos Santos was ten. Only Jacinta and Lucia ever heard the Blessed Mother’s voice. Our Lady visited five more times, always on the 13th of the month, except in August when the children were imprisoned by a Freemasonic government official. Among other messages Our Lady urged repentance, recitation of the Holy Rosary, and devotion to her Immaculate Heart, so deeply wounded by sins against her Son Jesus. She also disclosed the famed Three Secrets to the children, two of which Lucia would reveal in 1941. On October 13th, 1917, as she had previously promised, the Blessed Mother revealed herself under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary, and caused the sun to dance in the sky, as witnessed by thousands of people, Catholic and anti-Catholic alike. Ss. Francisco and Jacinta died within three years. Lucia became a nun, and received further messages from Our Lady clarifying the First Saturday devotions and urging the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for May 13th

AT Rome, in the time of the emperor Phocas, the dedication of the church of St. Mary of the Martyrs, formerly a temple of all the gods, called Pantheon, which was purified and dedicated by the blessed pope Boniface IV to the honor of the blessed Mary ever Virgin, and of all the martyrs.

At Constantinople, under the emperor Diocletian and the proconsul Laudicius, the blessed Lucius, a priest and martyr, who first at Amphipolis endured many tribulations and torments for the confession of Christ, and then being led to Byzantium, suffered capital punishment.

At Heraclea, the martyr St. Glyceria, a native of Rome, who suffered under the emperor Antoninus and the governor Sabinus.

At Alexandria, the commemoration of many holy martyrs, who were killed by the Arians for the Catholic faith in the church of St. Theonas.

At Maestricht, St. Servatius, bishop of Tongres, whose grave, as a public sign of his merit, was free from snow during winter (though everything around was covered with it), until the inhabitants built a church over it.

In Palestine, St. John the Silent.

At Valladolid, St. Peter Regalati, confessor, of the Order of Minorites, restorer of regular discipline in the monasteries of Spain. He was numbered among the Saints by the Sovereign Pontiff, Benedict XIV.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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