October 13, 1917: The Sixth Apparition - The Miracle of the Sun

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The Miracle of the Sun 70,000 people arrive in the rain (click image to enlarge)

The expectation of a miracle attracted a crowd of over 70,000 to the apparition site on October 13th. A cold rain had been falling throughout the night and into the day. Everyone there was soaking wet and the ground was very muddy. Some people were standing in mud up to their ankles.

Moved by an inner impulse, Lucia asked the people to shut their umbrellas and pray the Rosary. At a given moment, this compact mass of people shut their umbrellas, uncovering themselves in a gesture of humility and respect, while the rain continued to soak them and flooded everything.

The Miracle of the SunSome of the pilgrims during the Miracle of the Sun (click image to enlarge)

At noon, Our Lady appeared over the holm-oak, placing Her feet over the silk ribbons and flowers piously laid there the night before. Lucy fell into an ecstasy, her face becoming more and more beautiful and taking on a rosy tint.

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

“I want a chapel to be built here in My honor. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue to pray the Rosary every day. The war will soon end and the soldiers will return to their homes.”

The Lady — now revealed to be Our Lady of the Rosary — continued, looking very sad:

“People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more for He is already too much offended.”

As Our Lady ascended up into the sky, Lucy shouted: “She’s going! She’s going! Look at the sun!” Then the miracle Our Lady had promised began.

The sky cleared and the people could look at the sun without it hurting their eyes at all. Then the sun began to spin in place. It gave off different colors, first red, then green, then blue. As the sun spun around in its place, the colors would fall on the people.

After about four minutes, the sun stopped spinning. Then, shortly after that, it started again, this time spinning more rapidly and with more beautiful colors. After four more minutes, it stopped again. Then, it began a third time to spin with still more beautiful colors. Then, it started to zigzag in the sky. It went up and down like a yo-yo. Then it started to fall, plunging towards the earth.

The sun became very large in the sky and very hot. It looked as if it was going to fall on top of the people and kill them all, as if it was the end of the world. So, the people fell on their knees in the mud and cried to God for mercy, begging Our Lady for Her help, Her intercession, and Her prayers.

Suddenly, the sun stopped falling and went back up into the sky to its regular place. Then the people got up from their knees and they all began to notice that their clothes were dry and clean. And the ground was not muddy either, but dry. Not only that, but many sick persons were cured that day — the blind were able to see and the lame could walk. Many sinners were converted too. They stopped sinning and went to Confession, and then lived according to God’s Commandments.

While the sun “danced,” Lucy, Francisco, and Jacinta saw in the sky St. Joseph with the Child Jesus blessing the world by tracing the sign of the Cross with their hands. This apparition disappeared, then they saw Our Lady of Sorrows with Our Lord. Our Lord again blessed the world. This vision also then vanished and finally they saw Our Lady of Mount Carmel, all just as She had promised them.

God Himself had surely placed His Divine Seal of authenticity on the Message of Our Lady of Fatima. Virtually everyone who witnessed these events regarded them as miraculous, including those who described themselves as "non-believers" and atheists.

The Fatima Message Continues

As promised by Our Lady, God soon took Francisco and Jacinta to Heaven. Francisco died on April 4, 1919 and Jacinta on February 20, 1920.

Lucia was left here on earth to tell everyone about Fatima. She was to make our Lady known and loved, and to spread devotion to Her Immaculate Heart.

The story of Fatima does not end here. In fact, it was only just the beginning…

For Further Reading:

The Miracle of the Sun
God’s Endorsement of Fatima
Fatima! Through the Eyes of a Child
The True Story of Fatima

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