The First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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The First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

The observance of the first Saturday in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is intended to make reparation to it for the sins of mankind. This devotion was revealed by the Blessed Virgin to three children, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia to whom she appeared at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. On June 13, 1917, Our Lady specifically stated¬†in speaking to Lucia: “Jesus wants to make use of you to make me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.
Our Lady repeated this in the July 13th apparition when, after the vision of Hell that was granted to the three children, she said: “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.” Our Lady asks for reparation. “There are so many souls whom the Justice of God condemns for sins committed against me, that I have come to ask reparation;” reparation to this Heart for the sins of mankind, in particular the five kinds of offenses and blasephemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, namely:

1. Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception
2. Blasphemies against her perpetual virginity
3. Blasphemeies against the divine and spiritual maternity of Mary
4. Blasphemies involving the rejection and dishonoring of her images
5. The neglect of implanting in the hearts of children a knowledge and love of this Immaculate Mother

“O my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (Sacrifice Prayer)

The following First Saturday devotions are efficacious in honoring the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

1. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
2. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
3. Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
4. Act of Reparation
5. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6. The Sacrament of Reconciliation

“I promise to help at the hour of death, with the graces needed for salvation, whoever on the First Saturday of five consecutive months shall:

1. Confess and Receive Holy Communion.
2. Recite five decades of the Holy Rosary.
3. Keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

The Feast of the Purification

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The law of God, given by Moses to the Jews, to suggest both to us and to them, that by the sin of Adam man is conceived and born in sin, ordained that a woman after child-birth should continue for a time in a state which that law calls unclean; during which she was not to appear in public nor presume to touch anything consecrated to God. This term was of forty days upon the birth of a son, and the time was doubled for a daughter: on the expiration of which, the mother was to bring to the door of the tabernacle, or temple, a lamb of a year old, and a young pigeon or turtle-dove. The lamb was for a holocaust, or burnt-offering, in acknowledgment of the sovereignty of God and in thanksgiving for her own happy delivery; the pigeon or turtle-dove was for a sin-offering. These being sacrificed to Almighty God by the priest, the woman was cleansed of the legal impurity and reinstated in her former privileges.

A young pigeon or turtle-dove, by way of sin-offering, was required of all, whether rich or poor: but, whereas the charge of a lamb might be too burdensome on persons of narrow circumstances, in this case nothing more was required than two pigeons, or two turtle-doves, one for a burnt, the other for a sin-offering. Continue reading

Saint Ignatius

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Saint Ignatius, Bishop and Martyr

Two days more, and the happy season of Christmas will be over! This is the vigil of its termination, and lo! there comes to gladden us one of the grandest Martyrs of the year–Ignatius surnamed the Theophorus (i.e. he that carries God, or, he that is carried of God), Bishop of Antioch. A venerable tradition tells us, that this old man, who so generously confessed¬†the faith before Trajan, was the child whom Jesus took into his arms, and showed to his Disciples as a model of that simplicity, which we must all have, if we would enter into the kingdom of heaven. Today he appears before us, standing near the Crib, in which this same Jesus gives us His own divine lessons of humility and simplicity.

But, in this the Court of our Emmanuel, Ignatius stands near to Peter, the Feast of whose Chair we kept a few days since; for the Prince of the Apostles made him his second successor in his first See of Antioch. From so honoured a position Ignatius derived that courage, which made him resist a powerful Emperor even to his face, defy the wild beasts of the amphitheatre, and triumph by a glorious martyrdom. As it were to show the supremacy of the See of Rome, Divine Providence willed that he, with his chains upon him, should go to see Peter (Gal. i. 18), and finish his course in the Holy City, and thus mingle his blood with that of the Apostles. Rome would have been imperfect without the glory of Ignatius’ martyrdom, which is the pride of her Colyseum, rich as it is with the blood of so many thousands of Martyrs. Continue reading