September 13, 1917: The Fifth Apparition - Extraordinary Signs in the Heavens

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The three seers of Fatima The three seers of Fatima (click image to enlarge)

By September, accounts of the visions had raised such widespread interest that some 30,000 people came to witness the apparitions for themselves. The large number of people made it difficult for the children to pass through them all to get to the apparition site.

As they waited for the Lady to appear, the crowd joined together and recited the Rosary. Suddenly, there were sounds of jubilation and voices praising the Blessed Virgin. Arms were raised pointing to something in the sky.

“Look, don’t you see?” Clearly and distinctly, a luminous globe moved from the east to the west, gliding slowly and majestically through space. The globe then began to approach the holm-oak tree. Then the sun’s brightness diminished, the atmosphere became golden yellow, like other times. Some people even reported being able to see the stars in the sky at noon.

Visible only to the children, the Lady appeared.

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

Continue to say the Rosary in order to obtain the end of the war. In October, Our Lord will come, as well as Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Carmel. Saint Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus in order to bless the world.

Other Signs of Her Presence

During the time of the apparition, the Blessed Virgin wished to give the crowd gathered around the holm-oak where She was appearing, several signs of Her presence:

  • The pilgrims enjoyed a marvelous spectacle: They saw falling from Heaven a shower of white petals or round, shining snowflakes. Some described them as stars and others as a rain of white roses, which slowly descended and disappeared as they approached the ground.

  • A pleasant-looking cloud formed around the rustic arch erected over the little holm-oak tree. The cloud rose up from the ground, it grew thicker and went up into the air until it was five or six meters high, then it disappeared. A few moments later, similar curls of smoke were formed and disappeared in the same manner, and then a third time.

They were very clear heavenly signs giving proof of Our Lady’s presence. Small miracles that would prepare the crowds for what was to come.

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