First Saturday Devotions
Our Lady said: "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:
- Confess [within a week before or after the 1st Saturday].
- Receive Holy Communion [on the 1st Saturday].
- Recite five decades of the Holy Rosary.
- Keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me."
WHY FIVE SATURDAYS?
It is sometimes asked why Our Lady asked for Communions of reparation on five first Saturdays, instead of some other number. Our Blessed Lord answered that question when He appeared to Sr. Lucia on May 29, 1930. He explained that it was because of five kinds of offenses and blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, namely: blasphemies against her Immaculate Conception, against her perpetual virginity, against the divine and spiritual maternity of Mary, blasphemies involving the rejection and dishonoring of her images, and the neglect of implanting in the hearts of children a knowledge and love of this Immaculate Mother.
LITANY OF LORETO
Priest: All Respond:
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ hear us, Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of Divine Grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Savior, pray for us.
Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical Rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of angels, pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of prophets, pray for us.
Queen of apostles, pray for us.
Queen of martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of confessors, pray for us.
Queen of virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the rosary, pray for us.
Queen of families, pray for us.
Queen of peace, pray for us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Priest: Let us pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Your servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy everlasting happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. All: Amen.
ACT OF REPARATION FOR INSULTS AGAINST THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
All: Most glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, turn your eyes in pity upon us, miserable sinners. We are sorely afflicted by the many evils that surround us in this life, but especially we feel our hearts break within us upon hearing the dreadful insults and blasphemies uttered against you, O Virgin Immaculate. O how these impious sayings offend the infinite Majesty of God and His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ! How they provoke His indignation and give us cause to fear the terrible effects of His vengeance! Would that the sacrifice of our lives put an end to such outrages and blasphemies, how gladly we would offer it. We desire, O most holy Mother, to love you and to honor you with all our hearts. And because we love you, we will do all that is in our power to make you honored and loved by all men.
Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to you by evil tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol you as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God's handiwork. I bless your holy Name, I praise your exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever Virgin, conceived without stain of sin, Co-Redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose you as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity who predestined you and loved you so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt you above all creatures to the sublime heights.
Please, O merciful Mother, comforter of the afflicted, accept our act of reparation which we offer you for ourselves, our families, and for all who blaspheme you. O Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend you the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from us your servants, obtaining also for us from your divine Son the pardon and remission of all our sins. Amen.
ACT OF CONSECRATION AND REPARATION
All: Tender Mother of our Redeemer and of the Church, we wish to consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart, and to show our filial love, we intend to live the Christian life to the fullest, and to heed your message made known at Fatima and elsewhere. We will pray and sacrifice in a spirit of reparation. We will pray the rosary especially for sinners and for peace. We will wear the scapular as a visible sign of our dedication to you, Mother of God.
Because we love you, it pains us to hear of doubts cast against your Immaculate Conception, your divine and spiritual motherhood; that your icons, pictures, and images are not honored; and that little ones are deprived of a complete knowledge of the Church's teaching about their spiritual mother. We wish to offer reparation for these offenses against your Immaculate Heart, especially by offering Communions of Reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary on the First Fridays and Saturdays of the month.
Grant, loving Mother, that sinners may repent, the just become holy and kind, and that all people may live in peace. Amen.
Priest: Immaculate Heart of Mary, All: Pray for us.
Hail Mary - three times