Pontevedra, Spain

 

Apparitions at Pontevedra, Spain

The Five First Saturdays

Pontevedra - 1925 & 1926 | Tuy - 1929 | Rianjo - 1931


Lucy, writing in the third person, gives the account of the visit of Our Lady and the Child Jesus:

“On December 10, 1925, the Most Holy Virgin appeared to her, and by Her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was the Child Jesus. The Most Holy Virgin rested Her hand on her shoulder, and as She did so, She showed her a Heart encircled by thorns, which She was holding in Her other hand. At the same time, the Child said:

“ ‘Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of Reparation to remove them.’

“Then the Most Holy Virgin said:

‘Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce in My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep Me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making Reparation to Me.”

The Virgin at Fatima first mentioned the devotion of the Communion of Reparation on the Five First Saturdays on July 13, 1917. Now Our Lady in Pontevedra was confirming it, forming an essential part of the Message of Fatima.

Sister Lucy Meets a Child

As a young novice, Sister Lucy was given the lowliest of tasks to perform. And so it was in November or December of 1925 when she was emptying a garbage can outside the garden.

She recounts:

“I had met a child, whom I asked if he knew the Hail Mary. He answered, ‘Yes’, and I asked him to say it to me to hear him say it. But as he would not say it alone, I recited it three times with him according to the ancient practice of the three Hail Marys in honor of Our Lady.

“At the end of the three Hail Mary’s, I asked him to say it alone. As he remained silent and did not appear capable of saying it alone, I asked him if he knew the church of Saint Mary. He answered, ‘Yes’. I then told him to go there every day and to pray thus: ‘O my Mother in Heaven, give me Your Child Jesus.’ I taught him that prayer and I went away.”

The Child Returns

“Then on February 15 of 1926, while returning as usual (to empty a garbage can outside the garden), I found there a child who seemed to be the same one as before, and I asked him: ‘Did you ask Our Heavenly Mother for the Child Jesus?’

“The child turned to me and said:

“ ‘And you, have you revealed to the world what the Heavenly Mother asked you?’ And having said that, He transformed Himself into a resplendent Child.

“Recognizing then that it was Jesus, I said to Him: ‘My Jesus! You know what my confessor said to me in the letter I read to You. He said that this vision had to be repeated, there had to be facts permitting us to believe it, and that the Mother Superior alone could not spread this devotion.’

“Jesus replied:

“ ‘It is true that the Mother Superior alone can do nothing, but with My grace, she can do everything.’ ”

Sister Lucy also said that her confessor said that this devotion already existed in the world because many souls received Him every first Saturday of the month, in honor of Our Lady and the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.

“Jesus answered:

“It is true, My daughter, that many souls begin, but few persevere to the very end, and those who persevere do it to receive the graces promised. The souls who make the Five First Saturdays with fervor and to make reparation to the Heart of your heavenly Mother please Me more than those who make fifteen, but are lukewarm and indifferent.’”

Not only had Our Lady confirmed the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays, but Our Lord Himself confirmed how pleasing the devotion was to Him and the honor and comfort it gives to the Mother of God and our Mother.

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