July 13, 1917: The Third Apparition - The Promise of Peace

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By mid-summer, word of the apparitions had spread even wider. On July 13th, 5,000 people made the journey to the Cova da Iria. Once again, the Lady announced Her coming with a flash of light and again, the children saw the Lady on the cloud above the holm-oak tree.

Again Lucia asked, “What does your Grace want of me?”

"I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, and to continue praying the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only She can help you.

Many people, including Lucia’s mother and father, did not believe the children. Lucia asked the Lady to tell them who She was, and to work a miracle so that everyone would believe that She was appearing to them.

“Continue to come here every month,” the Lady told the children. “In October I will tell you who I am, and what I want and I will perform a miracle for all to see and believe.”

Again, the Lady emphasized the necessity to pray the Rosary in order to obtain graces throughout the year. And She continued:

“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: ‘O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary’.”

The Vision of Hell

Then, just as before, the Lady opened Her hands. This time the light did not fall on the children, but on the ground between them and Our Lady. In this light the children could see below the face of the earth. They saw the fires of hell.

Here Lucy describes this vision in her own words:

“The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened yet like burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me.) The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals."

The Lady said to the children sadly, “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.”

The Consecration of Russia

Following the vision of hell, the Lady continued:

"The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI.

”When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions against the Church and the Holy Father.

“To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays.

”If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated.

”In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc. ... Do not tell this to anybody. Francisco, yes, you may tell him.”

The Lady told the children to keep secret for now the vision of hell and the predicted punishments of war, famine, and persecutions. Later on, She would say when it could be revealed.

Lastly, the Lady asked that, when the Rosary is prayed, after each decade pray:

"When you pray the Rosary, pray after each mystery: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need.

Then She rose and disappeared into the eastern sky.

Little did the children know the suffering they would have to endure to keep the secrets entrusted to them by Our Lady that day.

For Further Reading:

The Vision of Hell
Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Third Secret of Fatima
The Consecration of Russia

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