O Mary, 
Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, 
Queen of Heaven and Refuge of sinners, 
we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart.

We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life; 
all that we have, 
all that we love, 
all that we are.

To thee we give our bodies, 
our hearts and our souls; 
to thee we give our homes, 
our families, our country.

We desire that all that is in us 
and around us may belong to thee, 
and may share in the benefits of thy motherly benediction.

And that this act of consecration 
may be truly efficacious and lasting, 
we renew this day at thy feet the promises 
of our Baptism and our first Holy Communion.

We pledge ourselves to profess courageously 
and at all times the truths of our holy Faith, 
and to live as befits Catholics 
who are duly submissive to all the directions 
of the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him.

We pledge ourselves to keep the commandments 
of God and His Church, 
in particular to keep holy the Lord's Day.

We likewise pledge ourselves 
to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, 
and above all, Holy Communion, 
an integral part of our lives, 
in so far as we shall be able so to do.

Finally, we promise thee, 
O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, 
to devote ourselves whole-heartedly
to the service of thy blessed cult, 
in order to hasten and assure, 
through the sovereignty of thine Immaculate Heart, 
the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thine adorable Son, 
in our own hearts and in those of all men, 
in our country and in all the world, 
as in heaven, 
so on earth.

* The Great Promise
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Pontevedra
(1925 – 1926)

« To whomever embraces this devotion I promise salvation. » An admirable, stupefying promise made on June 13, 1917 ! The promise, however, still leaves us in a state of doubt. Jacinta, by a special grace, felt her heart consumed by an ardent love for the Immaculate Heart of Mary. But we ? We are cold, or our fervour is so short-lived ! Could we ever know if we had sufficient devotion so that Our Lady would be bound to keep Her promise to us ?
It is here that we are wonderstruck by the limitless Divine Mercy, and the profoundly Catholic character of the revelations of Fatima. In the whole message, there is not an ounce of Protestant subjectivism ! Here, Heaven goes to the limits of condescension, and the most sublime oracles (« God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart ») are exchanged, translated into very small requests, clear and precise requests, easy requests which leave no room for doubt. Everyone can know if he has accomplished them or not. A “ little devotion ” practiced with a good heart is enough to procure infallibly for us the grace – ex opere operato, so to speak – as with the sacraments ; and what a grace – the grace of eternal salvation ! Giving careful study to such a magnificent promise is worth the effort. It is the fulfilment, the perfect expression of this first part of the great Secret, which is entirely concerned with the salvation of souls.
FROM FATIMA TO PONTEVEDRA : THE FULFILMENT OF THE SECRET. In describing the apparitions and explaining the message of Pontevedra, we will therefore do no more than comment on the words pronounced by Our Lady on July 13, 1917. They are concise, but so rich in meaning :
« … If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved… I will come to ask for… the Communion of Reparation on the first Saturdays of the month. »
Here then is the first “ Secret of Mary ” which we must discover and understand : it is a sure and easy way of tearing souls away from the danger of Hell : first our own, then those of our neighbours, and even the souls of the greatest sinners, for the mercy and power of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are without limits.
The most astonishing thing about Pontevedra, of course, is the incomparable promise made by Our Lady : « To all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months… » fulfil all the conditions requested, « I promise to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their soul. » With boundless generosity, the Blessed Virgin promises here the grace of graces, the most sublime of all graces, that of final perseverance. This grace cannot be merited even by an entire life of sanctity spent in prayer and sacrifice, for it is always a purely gratuitous gift of the divine mercy. And the promise is without any exclusion, limitation, or restriction : « To all those who…, I promise. »
The disproportion between « the little devotion » requested, and the immense grace attached to it, reveals to us first of all and especially the quasi-infinite power of intercession granted to the Blessed Virgin Mary for the salvation of all souls. « The great promise (Father Alonso writes) is nothing less than a new manifestation of this love of complacency which the Holy Trinity has for the Blessed Virgin. For those who understand such a thing, it is easy to admit that such wonderful promises can be attached to such humble practices. Such souls accept the promise with filial love, and a simple heart full of confidence in the Blessed Virgin Mary. » 10
In short, we can therefore say in all truth that the first fruit of the Communion of Reparation is the salvation of the one practicing it. Let us place no limits on the divine mercy, but keep to the letter of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise : whoever fulfils all the conditions set down can be sure of obtaining at the moment of death at least – and this even after miserable lapses back into a state of grave sin – the graces necessary to obtain the pardon of God, and to be preserved from eternal chastisement.
As we shall see, however, there is much more in this promise, for the missionary spirit is everywhere present in the spirituality of Fatima. The devotion of reparation is also recommended to us as a means of converting sinners in the greatest danger of being lost, and as a most efficacious means of intercession for obtaining the peace of the world from the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 11
If Our Lady wished to attach such abundant fruits to the practice of this « little devotion », is it not to gain our attention more surely and move our heart so that we can practice it, and get others around us to practice it wherever we can ? For this purpose it is important to be familiar with the conditions laid down, and have a precise knowledge of them.
Since 1925, Sister Lucy has never ceased repeating them, and always in the same terms. There are five conditions, to which is added a sixth, which concerns the general intention in which the other acts requested must be done.
« All those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months… » This first requirement of Heaven contains nothing arbitrary nor even anything absolutely new. It fits into the immemorial tradition of Catholic piety, which having devoted Fridays to the remembrance of the Passion of Jesus Christ and honouring of His Sacred Heart, finds it very natural to devote Saturdays to His Most Holy Mother. Such is the venerable tradition which motivated the choice of Saturday.
But this is not saying enough : if we look closely, the great request of Pontevedra appears as the happy culmination of a whole movement of devotion. It began spontaneously, then it was encouraged and codified by Rome, and it seems to be nothing less than the providential preparation for what was to come later.
THE FIFTEEN SATURDAYS IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY. « For a long time, members of the various Rosary confraternities had the custom of devoting fifteen consecutive Saturdays to the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, before this feast or some other time of the year. On each of these Saturdays, they approached the sacraments and performed pious exercises in honour of the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. » In 1889, Leo XIII granted to all the faithful a plenary indulgence for one of these fifteen consecutive Saturdays. In 1892, « he also granted those who were legitimately impeded on Saturday the faculty of performing this pious exercise on Sundays, without losing the indulgences. » 12
THE TWELVE FIRST SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH. With Saint Pius X, the devotion of the first Saturdays of the month is officially approved : « All the faithful who, on the first Saturday or first Sunday of twelve consecutive months, devote some time to vocal or mental prayer in honour of the Immaculate Virgin in Her conception gain, on each of these days, a plenary indulgence. Conditions : confession, communion, and prayers for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff. » 13
THE DEVOTION OF REPARATION ON THE FIRST SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH. Finally, on June 13, 1912, Saint Pius X granted new indulgences to practices which almost exactly foreshadow the requests of Pontevedra : « To promote the piety of the faithful towards Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, and to make reparation for the outrages done to Her holy Name and Her privileges by impious men, Pius X granted, for the first Saturday of each month, a plenary indulgence, applicable to the souls in purgatory. Conditions : confession, communion, prayers for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff and pious practices in the spirit of reparation in honour of the Immaculate Virgin. » 14 Five years later, to the day, after this thirteenth of June, 1912, there took place at Fatima the great manifestation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, « surrounded with thorns which seemed to pierce It ». Sister Lucy was to say later on : « We understood that it was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, which demanded reparation. » 15
On November 13, 1920, Pope Benedict XV granted new indulgences to this same practice when accomplished on the first Saturday of eight consecutive months.
Why five Saturdays (he asked) and not nine, or seven, in honour of the sorrows of Our Lady ? » 28 That same evening, the seer implored Our Lord to inspire her with an answer to these questions. A few days later, she passed the following to her confessor. 29
« While I was in the chapel with Our Lord part of the night of May 29-30, 1930 [we know that it was her habit to make a holy hour from eleven in the evening to midnight, especially on Thursday evenings, according to the requests of the Sacred Heart at Paray-le-Monial] and speaking to Our Lord about questions four and five, I suddenly felt myself more intimately possessed by the Divine Presence and, if I am not mistaken 29a, this is what was revealed to me :
« My daughter, the reason is simple. There are five types of offences and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary :
1. Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception.
2. Blasphemies against Her Virginity.
3. Blasphemies against Her Divine Maternity, in refusing at the same time to recognise Her as the Mother of men.
4. The blasphemies of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children indifference or scorn, or even hatred of this Immaculate Mother.
5. The offences of those who outrage Her directly in Her holy images.
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