"To whomever embraces this devotion, I promise salvation."
- Our Lady of Fatima, June 13, 1917

1. The History and the Text of the Promise.

     On December 10,1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to Sister Lucy
(then a postulant of the Institute of the Dorothean Sisters at Pontevedra,
Spain) and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus.
The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder and as She did so, She
showed Her Heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in her other
hand.

    At the same time, the Child said: "Have compassion on the Heart of your
Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it
at every moment and there is none to make an act of reparation to remove
them. Then the Most Holy Virgin said:  Look, my daughter, at My Heart,
surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment
by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and
announce in My name that I promise to assist, at the moment of death, with
all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who:
(1) on the first Saturday of five consecutive months,
(2) shall confess,
(3) receive Holy Communion,
(4) recite five decades of the Rosary and
(5) keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen
mysteries of the Rosary,
(6) with the intention of making reparation to Me."
 
2. Some precisions on the conditions of the Promise.

(1) WHY FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS?

     Our Lord Himself gave the answer to Sister Lucy:

"My daughter, the reason is simple. There are five types of offences and
blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary :
1 - Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception;
2 - Blasphemies against Her Virginity;
3 - Blasphemies  against  Her  Divine  Maternity,  in refusing at the same
time to recognize Her as the Mother of men; 4 - The blasphemies of those
who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children, indifference or scorn
or even hatred of this Immaculate Mother;
5 - The offences of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy images.
Here, my daughter, is the reason why the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired
Me to ask for this little act of reparation . . " (May 29,1930)

(2) THE CONFESSION.

     Sister Lucy asked Our Blessed Lord: My Jesus! Many souls find it
difficult to confess on Saturday. Will Thou allow a confession within eight
days to be valid He replied: 

"Yes. It can even be made later on, provided that the souls are in the
state of grace when they receive Me on the First Saturday and that they had
the intention of making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Mary. - My Jesus!
And those who forget to form this intention? -  They can form it at the
next confession, taking advantage of their first opportunity to go to
confession." (February 15, 1927)
  
     In brief, therefore (a) the confession should be made as close as
possible to the First Saturday; (b) we must be sorry for our sins, not only
because we have offended God but also with the intention of making
reparation to the Sacred Heart of Mary.

(3) THE HOLY COMMUNION.

     Father Goncalves, Lucy's confessor, asked her in a letter of May
29,1930 if one cannot fulfill all the conditions on a Saturday, can it be
done on Sunday? People in the country, for example, will not be able very
often because they live quite far away. Our Lord gave the answer to Sister
Lucy during the night of May 29 - 30: 

"The practice of this devotion will be equally acceptable on the Sunday
following the First Saturday when My Priests, for a just cause, allow it to
souls."

     Let us note that it is to His Priests and not to the individual
conscience, that Jesus gives the responsibility of granting this additional
concession.

(4) THE ROSARY.

    Since it is a question of repairing for offences committed against the
Immaculate Heart of Mary, what other vocal prayer could be more pleasing to
Her than that which She requested the people to recite every day?

(5) THE 15 MINUTE MEDITATION.

     This is in addition to the recitation of the Rosary. It requires, in
Lucy s own words, "to keep Our Lady company for fifteen minutes while
meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary." It is not required to meditate
on all fifteen mysteries. To meditate on one or two is sufficient.

(6) THE INTENTION OF MAKING REPARATION.

     "You, at least, try to console Me." Without this general intention,
without this will of love which desires to make reparation to Our Lady, to
console Her, all these external practices are worth nothing for the
Promise. This is clear.

3. The Promises attached to this Devotion.

(1) THE SALVATION OF OUR OWN SOUL.

     "To all those who, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months
... fulfill all the conditions requested, I promise to assist them at the
hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their
soul." This little devotion practiced with a good heart, is then enough to
procure infallibly for us - ex opere operato so to speak - as with the
sacraments - the grace of final perseverance, of eternal salvation! And
this promise is without any exclusion, limitation, restriction. "To all who
..... I promise." Heaven for eternity for five Holy Communions!

(2) THE SALVATION OF SINNERS.

     "So numerous are the souls which the justice of God condemns for sins
committed against Me that I come to ask for reparation. Sacrifice yourself
for this intention and pray." (Our Lady to Sister Lucy at Tuy, June
13,1929.) "In consideration of this little devotion, They (Jesus and Mary)
wish to give the grace of pardon to souls who have had the misfortune of
offending the Immaculate Heart of Mary," wrote Sister Lucy in a letter of
May, 1930.
 
(3) PEACE IN THE WORLD.

     "Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this
devotion, along with the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of
Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially because
this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven." Sister Lucy, March
19,1939.

All this information about the First Saturdays is taken from the book
"The Whole Truth About Fatima"
by Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite
Vol. 11, pp. 245 - 277.
 
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, convert sinners, save souls from hell.
(Jacinta)

"You, at least, try to console Me."
 - Our Lady of Fatima, December 10,1925 -