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How to Make Your First Saturday Rosary Meditation According to Sr. Lucia

How to Make Your First Saturday Rosary Meditation According to Sr. Lucia

One of the prayers of Our Lady of Fatima made known to Sr. Lucia was that the faithful makes  “communions of reparation” on five consecutive first Saturdays of the month. This has become known as the “First Saturday Devotion,” and its purpose is to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the many ungrateful offenses she suffers patiently from mankind.

In relation to receiving Holy Communion on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months, Our Lady also gave other conditions to fulfill: confession, praying five decades of the rosary, and to keep her company by meditating for fifteen minutes on the rosary mysteries (for example, either in church or before a statue or image of Our Lady).

To those who faithfully meet all these conditions on five first Saturdays in reparation to her Immaculate Heart, Our Lady has assured to help them at the hour of death with the graces important for eternal salvation. That is, she will make sure that those who have concluded her prayer sometime during their life will not die in a state of mortal sin.

WHY A SEPARATE MEDITATION?

One may ponder why Our Lady asked that the faithful meditate on the rosary mysteries for fifteen minutes, when praying the rosary itself involves meditating on the rosary mysteries and takes about fifteen minutes to pray. Wouldn’t praying the rosary fulfill the prayer request for fifteen minutes of meditation?

Comprehending what is meant by meditation in this context will help to explain further. Traditionally, to “make a meditation” involved a structured time of guided meditation (not simply to think about or dwell upon in a random way). Once one makes a meditation properly speaking, they have planned a specific topic on which they will mentally dwell for a set amount of time, examining it from all sides, along with making concrete resolutions to practice specific virtues extracted from what has just been meditated.  If you’ve ever used Catholic meditation books, you’re already used to this. Each day has a topic and always involves questions and/or recommendation where one applies the meditation to unique areas of one’s life.

So, Our Lady has asked that in addition to praying the rosary on the first Saturdays, one should also dedicate fifteen minutes meditating on one or more of the rosary mysteries in order to better exemplify the virtues hidden therein. Below is the manner in which Sr. Lucia of Fatima, the woman to whom Our Lady made this request, finished her first Saturday rosary meditations.

SR. LUCIA’S METHOD FOR FIRST SATURDAY MEDITATION

“Here is my way of making the meditations on the mysteries of the rosary on the first Saturdays:

First mystery, the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Our Lady.

First prelude: to imagine myself seeing and hearing the Angel greet Our Lady with these words: ‘Hail Mary, full of grace.’

Second prelude: I ask Our Lady to infuse into my soul a deep sentiment of humility.

1st point: I will meditate on the attitude in which Heaven proclaims that the Most Holy Virgin is full of grace, blessed among all women and destined to become the Mother of God.

2nd point: The humility of Our Lady, discovering Herself and declaring Herself to be the handmaid of the Lord.

3rd point: How I must imitate Our Lady, in Her humility, what are the faults of pride and arrogance through which I occasionally sin against the Lord, and the means I must be willing to avoid them, etc.

On the second month, I make the meditation on the second joyful mystery. The third month, I make it on the third joyful mystery and so on, following the same method of meditating.

When I have finished the Five First Saturdays, I begin five others and meditate on the sorrowful mysteries, then the glorious ones, and when I have concluded them I start over again with the joyful ones.”

You can see from the above passage that Sister Lucia starts with one of the rosary mysteries, identifies the key virtue showed in it by Mary and/or Jesus, looks into the attitude in which they exercised it, and resolves to do likewise in her own life, rooting out all that is opposed to it.

One of the temptations with praying the rosary is to run through the beads quickly, only dwelling in a superficial way of the rosary mysteries we are praying. To make the meditation as Our Lady requested enables us to dig deeply into just one or two mysteries to pull out more from them than we may have otherwise done.

Our Lady is always guiding us to higher heights in the spiritual life. The First Saturday devotion takes the faithful higher during the course of five months so that we, through Mary’s intercession, will progress in virtue more easily and more perfectly image Christ.

Five Prayers Taught at Fatima by Mary & the Angels

Five Prayers Taught at Fatima by Mary & the Angels

Precisely, on May 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal with an urgent message for the whole world. Between May and October, she would come five more times, each on the 13th of the month.

She identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary and encouraged the children to pray the rosary daily for peace in the world (as World War I raged on) and to make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. Over the course of these visits, and various visits by an angel, there were five prayers that were taught to Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta.

THE PARDON PRAYER

The angel who appeared to the children called himself the Angel of Peace and the Angel of Portugal. He gave them the following prayer:

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.

THE ANGEL’S PRAYER

On one occasion, the three children saw the angel bowed before a host and chalice that hung in the air. Worshiping the Eucharist, the angel prayed,

Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit- I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

During the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, the children found themselves “moved by an interior impulse,” as Lucia later described, to say the following prayer together:

Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

THE SACRIFICE PRAYER

The Blessed Mother taught the children to offer all their personal sacrifices to God by praying,

Oh my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

THE ROSARY DECADE PRAYER

The Blessed Mother stressed the critical relevance of praying the rosary daily for the conversion of sinners and for peace in the world. She asked that the following prayer is recited at the end of each rosary decade:

Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, particularly those in most need of Thy mercy.

May 13th is the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. Many miracles and conversions have been attributed to her Immaculate Heart, and she went ahead to pray for sinners that all may come to know Christ’s mercy.

These Fatima prayers, given to Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta by Our Lady and an angel, are a heavenly gift to the faithful to teach us how to intercede effectively for the unseen battle for souls that takes place around us daily. They should be memorized and prayed as we offer up sacrifices throughout our day for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the many sins committed against God.

The Essence of Mary’s Birth

The Essence of Mary’s Birth

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Birth of Mary was Immaculate

Mary ”The New Daughter of God”

God is the creator of the heavens and the earth. Science tries to disapprove that, however, it still remains a fact that things came to be through unseen power. God gave his nature to Man in the garden of Eden. Man uses this Godly nature in him to name all things. In the Garden of Eden, Man lost that Godly Nature. The nature made Man to think and Acts like God. After man fell, God began to plan for Man’s rescue. Man fell through a woman, God planned a woman to save man.

New Eve and Old Eve

The devil beguiled the woman and she fell and caused the Man to Fall. Yes, God put enmity between the seed of the woman and the serpent. Adam name the woman ”Eve” because she is the mother of all living creature. Even though, man had fallen that honour was not taken away from her.

The New Eve is Mary. Mary, as the new Eve, became the mother of the world at the foot of the cross. The enmity between her seed and that of the serpent still exist. She brought forth Jesus, the Only begotten Son of God, Making her the Mother of God. God created Mary as a vessel to Carry the Saviour of the world.

Mary as a vessel was not corrupted as God.

 Birth of Mary was design by God

The church celebrates Mary’s immaculate Conception today all over the world. Mary was born like any other human on the face of the earth. However, the God of power was seen in the birth of Mary. Mary was born with the original Sin. This is because She cannot carry the Holy One in a corrupted Vessel. Also, Mary kept her self Holy even after the birth causing her to win the favour of her Creator.

In the Book of Luke 1: 28, ‘ An Angel came to a lady , her name was Mary and declare to her that she has won the favour of God. That She most not be afraid…

Essence of Mary’s Immaculate Conception

God has giving man free will to decide what to do. The same free will He gave to Eve and Adam in the Garden was the same He gave to Mary. God made Eve and Adam free of Sin yet they fall and Corrupted their vessel. God gave Mary that same opportunity. However, Mary kept her body pure and won God’s favour. Eve lost the favour of God was driven away from the garden.

Mary deserve the honour we give her and even more. The catena finishes what we are suppose to be doing to her.

Mary, The Immaculate Conception..  Pray for Us.  Amen

The Legion Prayer of the tessera

The Legion Prayer of the tessera

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Legion Prayer of the tessera

 

Opening Prayers

 

In the name of the Father, The Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

  1. Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and they shall be created.
  2. And you shall renew the face of the earth.

Let Us Pray:

God Our Father, pour out the gifts of your Holy Spirit on the world. You sent the Spirit on your Church to begin the teaching of the Gospel: now let the Spirit continue to work in the world through the hearts of all who believe, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

  1. You, O Lord, will open my lips
  2. And my tongue shall announce your praise.
  3. Incline unto my aid, O God.
  4. O Lord, make haste to help me.
  5. Glory be to the Father, etc.
  6. As it was in the beginning, etc.

 

Then Follows five decades of the Rosary, with the “Hail, Holy Queen”.

 

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you, we cry poor

banished children of Eve, to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us and after this, our exile, show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

  1. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
  2. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let us Pray. O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant we beseech you, that meditating upon these mysteries in the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

  1. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus R. Have mercy on us.
  2. Immaculate Heart of Mary  R. Pray for us.
  3. St. Joseph R. Pray for us.
  4. St. John the Evangelist R. Pray for us.
  5. St. Louis-Marie de Montfort R. Pray for us.

 

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

The Catena Follows Below

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The Catena Legionis

 

Antiphon. Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?

 

My soul glorifies the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

He looks on his servant in her lowliness; henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

 

The Almighty works marvels for me.

Holy is his name!

His mercy is from age to age, on those who fear him.

 

He puts forth his arm in strength and scatters the

proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty.

 

He protects Israel, his servant, remembering his mercy,

the mercy promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his sons forever.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

 

Antiphon. Who is she that comes forth as the

morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?

 

  1. O Mary, conceived without sin
  2. Pray for us who have recourse to you.

 

Let Us Pray

 

O Lord Jesus Christ, our mediator with the Father, you have been pleased to appoint the most Blessed Virgin, your mother, to be our mother also, and our mediatrix with you, mercifully grant that whoever comes to you, seeking your favours may rejoice to receive all of them through her.

Amen.

     Concluding Prayers

 

In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God; despise not our prayers in our necessities,

but ever deliver us from all dangers, O glorious and Blessed Virgin.

 

  1. Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces

(or, Invocation appropriate to Praesidium)

  1. Pray for us.

 

  1. St. Michael and St. Gabriel
  2. Pray for us.

 

  1. All you heavenly Powers,

Mary’s Legions of Angels

  1. Pray for us.

 

  1. St. John the Baptist
  2. Pray for us.

 

  1. Saints Peter and Paul.
  2. Pray for us.

Confer, O Lord, on us, who serve beneath the Standard of Mary, that fullness of faith in you, and trust in her, to which it is given to conquer the world. Grant us a lively faith, animated by charity, which will enable us to perform all our actions from the motive of pure love of you, and ever to see you and serve you in our neighbor; a faith, firm and immovable as a rock, through which we shall rest tranquil and steadfast amid the crosses, toils and disappointments of life; a courageous faith which will inspire us to undertake and carry out without hesitation great things for your glory and for the salvation of souls; a faith which will be our Legion’s Pillar of Fire – to lead us forth united – to kindle everywhere the fires of divine love – to enlighten those who are in darkness and the shadow of death – to inflame those who are lukewarm – to bring life to those who are dead in sin; and which will guide our own feet in the way of peace; so that – the battle of life over –

our Legion may reassemble, without the loss of anyone, in the kingdom of your love and glory.

Amen.

 

May the souls of our departed Legionaries, and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

 

In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Permissu Ordinarii Dioc. Dublinen, die 9 Mar, 1994)

 

 

Prayer for the Beatification of the Servant of God, Frank Duff

 

God Our Father,

You inspired your servant Frank Duff with a

profound insight into the mystery of your

Church, the Body of Christ, and of the place

of Mary, the Mother of Jesus in this mystery.

 

In his immense desire to share this insight

with others, and in filial dependence on Mary

he formed her Legion to be a sign of her

maternal love for the world, and a means of

enlisting all her children in the Church’s

evangelizing work.

 

We thank you Father for the graces conferred

on him, and for the benefits accruing to the

Church from his courageous and shining faith.

 

With confidence we beg you that through his

intercession you grant the petition we lay

before you….

 

We ask too that if it be in accordance with

your will, the holiness of his life may be

acknowledged by the Church for the glory

of your Name.

Through Christ Our Lord,

Amen