How to Make the Five First Saturdays Devotion

“It consists in this: During five months on the first Saturday, to receive Jesus in Communion, recite a Rosary, keep Our Lady company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, and make a confession. The confession can be made a few days earlier, and if in this previous confession you have forgotten the (required) intention one can offer the following confession for this intention, provided that on the first Saturday one receives Holy Communion in a state of grace, with the intention of repairing for offenses against the Most Holy Virgin, and which afflict Her Immaculate Heart.”

The devotion is further explained in the writings of Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, author of the book The Whole Truth About Fatima (Vol. II: The Secret and the Church). This explanation is reproduced in the booklet The Magnificent Promise of the Five First Saturdays:

1. The First Saturday of Five Consecutive Months

“All those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months …” This first requirement of Heaven contains nothing arbitrary nor even anything absolutely new. It fits into the immemorial tradition of Catholic piety, which having devoted Fridays to the remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ and honoring of His Sacred Heart, finds it very natural to devote Saturdays to His Most Holy Mother. Such is the venerable tradition which motivated the choice of Saturday.

2. Confession

We have seen that it is not required that the confession be made on the first Saturday itself as long as Holy Communion is received in the state of grace. If due to any necessity, it can be fulfilled even within up to eight days, but there must at least be a monthly confession. However, it is certain that, as far as possible, it is preferable that the confession be made on a day close to the first Saturday.

3. The Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays

Someone might object: to receive Communion on the first Saturday of five consecutive months is almost impossible for many of the faithful, who have no Mass in their parish on that day. Our Lord told Sister Lucy during the night of May 29-30, 1930:

“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.”

Thus not only Holy Communion, but also the recitation of the Rosary and meditation on the mysteries can be transferred to Sunday, for just motives of which priests are left the judges. It is easy to ask for this permission in Confession or even outside Confession.

4. Recitation of the Rosary (Five Decades)

In each of the six apparitions of 1917, Our Lady requested people to pray the Rosary every day. Since it is a question of repairing for offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, what other vocal prayer could be more pleasing to Her?

5. The Fifteen-minute Meditation on the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary

In addition to the recitation of the Rosary, Our Lady requests fifteen minutes of meditation on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. This does not mean, of course, that a quarter of an hour is required for each mystery. Just one quarter of an hour is required each First Saturday, and that all 15 mysteries are meditated on at least once over the five First Saturdays.

6. The Intention of Making Reparation: “You, at least, try to console Me.”

The blasphemies and ingratitude of sinners are like so many cruel thorns, which only we can remove by our acts of love and reparation. For love, or “compassion”, is the soul of all these practices. It is a question of consoling the Immaculate Heart of “the tenderest of mothers”, which is so outraged.

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 by themselves not enough to obtain the magnificent promise. This is clear. The practice of the Communion of Reparation must be attentive and fervent and with the intent of making reparation to Her Immaculate Heart.

For further information:

The Five First Saturdays (video)

The Great Promise and Its Conditions

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