First Sunday of Lent—1 March A.D. 2020
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We have moved our
monthly “cleaning party” to the first Saturday of each month so that
those who take part can obtain the graces promised by our Lady to those
who receive Holy Communion in reparation to her Immaculate Heart for the
sins of the world on five consecutive First Saturdays. The heart is
said to be the seat of all human emotion, and it should be obvious that
Mary’s Most Pure Heart has to be terribly offended by the sins of
mankind—the sins which are, ultimately, responsible for the death of he
beloved Son on the Cross.
You should know
that Saturdays have been specially dedicated to the Blessed Mother since
at least the eighth century, when, during the reign of Charlemagne, the
Benedictine monk Alcuin (735-804) assembled a number of Mass texts for
each day of the week, with two of them honoring our Lady on Saturday.
The Tridentine Missal has five, depending upon the time of year. First
Saturdays of each month are even more specially dedicated to our Lady.
In 1905, Pope Pius X approved and granted indulgences for the practice
of Communion on the First Saturdays of twelve consecutive months in
honor of the Immaculate Conception.
announced her intention to ask for the five Communions of reparation at
Fatima, during the apparitions of 1917. In 1925 she appeared again,
holding the child Jesus, at the Dorothean Sisters’ convent at Pontevedra
in Spain. She promised that those who received Communion on five
consecutive First Saturdays would gain her assistance at the hour of
their death. The conditions are simple:
* Five consecutive
First Saturday Communions (with genuine necessity, a confessor
may allow substitution of another day, shortly before or after
within a week before or after the reception of Holy Communion.
Of course you must be in the state of grace to receive
Communion, but the Confession is required any way—you can
confess a sin of your past—no need for new sins!
* Recitation of
five decades of the Rosary on the Saturday—not just recitation,
but also meditation on the five mysteries.
* Meditation for
fifteen minutes on the Saturday of one or more of the fifteen
mysteries of the Rosary. This seems to be in addition to the
time spent in praying the five decades mentioned above, but
would seem to be fulfilled by properly praying another five
decades sometime that Saturday
* There must be at
least an habitual intention of making reparation to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary for the sins of the world.
Whenever we pray
the Hail Mary we ask for her prayers “ ... at the hour of our death.”
The First Saturday Communions of Reparation insure that we will have her
intercession at that most critical, final moment of life—a moment that
may make the difference between Heaven and Hell.
sometimes criticize such promises as being somehow “magical”—as though
they were a way of controlling God Himself—they are not. God is always
merciful, but He is also always perfectly just. No one is claiming that
the First Saturday Communions are an absolute guarantee of salvation!
Anyone serious about making reparation for the sins of the world will
want to maximize grace and minimize sin, both before and after making
the First Saturday Communions.
At any rate, next
Saturday we will have our monthly “cleaning party” and you will have the
opportunity to make the first of five Communions of Reparation—and,
hopefully, many more. So please join us if you can. Join us as often
as you can. Mary and Jesus welcome you!