Facts about Our Lady of Fatima Novena
Feastday: May 13th
Novena Starts: May 4th
Patron saint of Diocese of Leiria-Fátima
Birth: 16 BC
Death: Assumed to Heaven
Our Lady of Fatima Novena Prayer
(Pray each day for 9 days.)
Most Holy Virgin, who deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia and this favor which I so earnestly seek,
(mention your request)
which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God, for thine own honor and for the good of all people. Amen.
Then pray the… Our Father, Hail Mary Glory Be (three times each)
Why Is Our Lady of Fatima Important?
The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on 1917 to three Portuguese children: Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. From May 13th to October 13th she appeared six times in the little village of Fatima, Portugal.
World War I or The Great War as it was known at the time, was ongoing, leaving devastation across Europe. Our Lady of Fatima came at this pivotal time telling the children that peace was possible if people would heed her warnings.
Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta were reared in faithful Catholic homes, in a town that remained faithful to the Church amidst persecution from the government. Lucia de Jesus Santos was the youngest of seven children. Her first cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, likewise were devout children from a large family. Through the apparitions of our Lady, the children grew in holiness and wisdom that belied their young age.
Francisco and Jacinta both died a few years later, as our Lady had informed them, while Lucia lived to be 97 years old. Pope Francis canonized Jacinta and Francisco on May 13th, 2017, in Fatima on the 100th anniversary of the apparitions.
The Miracle of the Sun occurred on October 13th, 1917, witnessed by 70,000 people. Our Lady of Fatima had told the children of the date and place it would occur.
All could look directly at the sun without any injury to their eyes. The sun grew in size, shrunk, rotated and spun, looking as if it were dancing. Even non-Catholics and unbelievers witnessed their miracles, and many immediately were converted to God and asked for forgiveness for their sins.
The Church through the local bishop declared the apparitions worthy of belief in October of 1930.
What Are the Three Secrets of Fatima?
The first secret was a vision of hell, where people’s souls were seen like embers plunging into a sea of fire, along with demons.
The second secret foretold that World War I would end but that Russia must be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and converted or an even worse war would occur. (World War II was that second awful war and of course it did end up occurring.)
The third secret showed a bishop in white, the Pope, along with other clergy and religious going up a mountain with destruction all around them, being attacked by soldiers and bullets. Some have said it foretold the assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in 1981 on the feastday of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13th).