OUR LADY OF FATIMA DEVOTION
We invite you to host the blessed Statue of Our Lady of Fatima
in your home for one week in the upcoming year.
Seven-Day Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Novena Devotion
Our Lady of Fatima Ministry Core Group Leaders will join with the assigned hosting family on Sunday via Zoom to start the 7 day Family Rosary Novena. We can also accommodate additional group prayees via Zoom, if requested.
After that Sunday, the assigned hosting family will continue to pray the remaining days of the Novena.
Our ministry will provide the prayer booklet and detailed instructions to follow.
We have been doing this process since the pandemic started, and it is working well.
WHAT DO I NEED TO HOST THE STATUE?
- You need to be able to host the statue of Our Lady for seven (7) consecutive days in your home.
- A stable, safe place for the statue
- A candle(s) to be used for the seven days
- A simple bouquet of flowers to be placed next to the statue
- You can invite relatives, neighbors, and friends to join you in prayers.
THE MIRACLE OF THE SUN
On October 13, 1917, 70,000 people gathered in a small village in Portugal to watch for a miracle that the Virgin Mary had promised to three young shepherds. The day had been rainy andovercast, but suddenly the sun broke through, and the crowd witnessed what has become knownas the “Miracle of the Sun.” The sun appeared to change colors and rotate in the sky, but no one who looked directly at it was harmed. The phenomenon was witnessed up to nearly 24 milesaway and widely reported even in the anti-Catholic press of the time. It was the culmination of six visits Mary made to the children.
THE STORY OF FATIMA
The story of Fatima began a year earlier, in the spring of 1916, when Lucia dos Santos, age nine,and her cousins Francisco Marto, age eight, and Jacinta Marto, age six, were guarding their sheep outside their small village of Fatima, in central Portugal. As they were eating their lunch andpraying the Rosary, a bright light flashed and the image of a young man appeared, saying: “Do not be afraid! I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me.” The children did as they were told and theangel explained that “the hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.” The angel appeared to them two more times, in the summer and in the autumn,each time asking them to make a sacrifice for the sins of the world and the conversion of sinners. On Sunday, May 13, 1917, the three children were in the fields with their sheep when they saw aflash of lightening and the image of “a lady all dressed in white. She was more brilliant than the sun and radiated a light more clear and intense than a crystal glass filled with sparkling waterwhen rays of the burning sun shine through it.” Our Lady told the children to pray the Rosary every day to achieve peace in the world and promised to visit again the next month.Mary returned each month for the next five months, referring to herself as the Immaculate Heart. She showed the children a vision of hell and told them that if Russia converted, there would bepeace throughout the world. She also explained that the pope would have to suffer and many nations would be destroyed, always emphasizing the need to pray the Rosary. She also told themthat Francisco and Jacinta would soon go to heaven, but Lucia would live longer to spread the message of the Immaculate Heart. In her final visit, on October 13, Mary identified herself as theLady of the Rosary and appeared with St Joseph and the child Jesus, again asking that the Rosary be recited daily for peace in the world.
HOSTING PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE LEADER
Designated Leader will bring Our Lady of Fatima statue to the new hosting home.
Provide the hosting family the statue, booklet about the apparition, prayer booklet, rosary prayer booklet and a remembrance rosary.
If necessary, instruct how to say the rosary and how to use the prayer booklet.
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, host family can recite one of the following prayers:
• Family prays the 5 decades of the Holy Rosary Mystery daily.
• Family can pray a decade a day of the Holy Rosary Mystery.
• Pray the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary daily.
The Leader may lead the first day with the new host family.
Arrange the date and time of the departure of Our Lady of Fatima statue with the hosting family (normally 4PM Sunday).
The designated Leader will call the next hosting family. Make the necessary arrangement to deliver the statue (normally by 5PM Sunday).
The Leader will go to the next hosting home (normally by 5PM Sunday).
FOR THE HOSTING FAMILY
Provide a small and stable table to place Our Lady of Fatima statue.
Prepare candle(s) to be used for the next seven (7) days.
Have a simple bouquet of flowers to be placed next to the statue.
You can invite relatives, neighbors and friends to join you in prayers.
On the last day, Sunday, please make sure you have recited the “Farewell Prayer” to Our Lady of Fatima before the Leader arrives for pick up (normally before 4:00 PM Sunday).
Put the statue in the designated box ready for pick up.
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