Many people think that Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is called Our Lady of Fatima. But when Our Lady appeared on May 13th 1917, she told Lucia that she was Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. It was because of the town Fatima in Portugal, where the apparitions took place, Mary became known as Our Lady of Fatima.
If you go to the original church in the town of Fatima where Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta would attend the Holy Latin Mass, you will see a statue of Mary with the words written on it: “Our Lady of the Holy Rosary”.
This is important because there is a connection between Our Lady of Victory, from the Battle of Lepanto, to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fatima. We see that the feast day of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary is October 7th. the day when the victory was won at Lepanto against the muslims.
Why I am bringing this up is to show that the only reason why the angel of Peace and Our Lady appeared to Lucia de Jesus dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto was to plead for the praying of the Holy Rosary.
In October of 1910 there was a revolution in Portugal when the Catholic King Manuel II was deposed. The liberal First Republic of Portugal was established by the masons. As in the French Revolution, these government officials hated the Catholic Church. The people of the Enlightenment and the masons believe in Deism. This means that the “great architect in the sky” wound up the universe and left it to exist with no divine intervention. To them there can be no miracles since their god does not interfere with our reality. So they do not believe in miracles that proved that God exists and who is present to us when we ask His help.
In the Spring of 1916 in a meadow, the three children where watching the sheep, playing and praying the Holy Rosary poorly. But they were still praying the Holy Rosary when a young man appeared who said: I am the angel of Peace. Pray with me!” The angel then knelt down and bowed over very low, as did the children, as he taught them the prayer:
“My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.”
After repeating this prayer three times the angel rose and said:
“Pray in this way. The hearts of Jesus and Mary are ready to listen to you.”
Again in the autumn of 1916 the angel, when the children were in Lucia’s back yard, appeared. This time he told them he was the Guardian angel of the Portugal.
On his third apparition he suspended a Chalice and Holy Host (which was dripping blood into the Chalice) in the air and along with them, prostrated himself in the presence of the Eucharist and prayed:
“Most Holy Trinity-Father, Son, and Holy Spirt-I adore thee profoundly. I offer thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles in the world, in reparation for all the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby he is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”
He gave the host to Lucia and the Precious Blood to Francisco and Jacinta saying: “Take the Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ horribly outraged by thankless men. Recover their sins and comfort your God.”
Again, in this, we see the importance of prostrating and kneeling when receiving Jesus (God) in Holy Communion. And these apparitions of the holy angel were meant to prepare for Mary’s coming to ask them to pray the Holy Rosary.
From the first time Our Lady appeared at the Cova da Iria (May 13, 1917) to the last time she appeared (Oct. 13, 1917), Mary always told the children to recite the Holy Rosary every day (the 15 mysteries). On that first day, she also told them why they were to pray the Holy Rosary every day: “to obtain peace for the world and the end of the (First World) war“.
On July 13 she asked them to pray the “Fatima prayer” after each decade: “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy”.
On August 13, the children we abducted by the masonic government officials and put in jail. They tried every way possible to get them to tell the 3 secrets Our Lady had entrusted to them. Even after being threatened to be boiled alive in hot oil, they still went away to (what they thought was their death) with out divulging the secrets. They were totally surprised to find their companions alive in another room of the jail. This also proves the reality of these apparitions, because a 7, 9 and 10 year old would not have been willing to die for a lie they had just made up. Our Lady did appear on August 19 and told Lucia: “Many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray for them.”
The great miracle of the Sun spinning in the sky, stopping and drying off all the wet pilgrims took place on October 13, 1917. This great day of miracles, including Jesus and St. Joseph appearing, took place on the masons favorite day. They consider Friday, October 13 to be very special for them because that is the day all the Knights Templars were ordered to be arrested (including Jacques de Molay the grand knight) by King Philip IV of France in 1307. So when these great miracles happened in Fatima on October 13, the masonic government of Portugal knew very well what God and Mary were doing to prove to them that the Catholic Church (which they were persecuting in Portugal at this time) was truly from God and that God intervenes in history through Mary and miracles.
The message that day from the Queen of Heaven was: “I am the Lady of the Rosary, build a chapel in my honor where the Rosary will be recited every day“.
Here again we have God showing us the importance of praying the Holy Rosary every day. May we receive the great protection and miracles, that God wants to give us through Our Lady, as we devoutly pray the 15 traditional mysteries of the Holy Rosary every day.
The luminous mysteries were introduced by Pope John Paul II. They are meditating on the “active life of Jesus between His childhood and His passion”. As important as these events are for us Catholics, the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries are based on emotional participation in Jesus’ Joy, Sorrow and Glory along with Mary. There are so many other events surrounding the annunciation, birth, life, passion, resurrection, apparitions, ascension of Jesus, that could also be used to make up 5 or 10 more mysteries. But Our Lady gave us the 15 mysteries that have been prayed for at least 800 years. Again, why do we need to improve on the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary that Our Lady taught us? I trust her and just pray the 15 traditional mysteries every day. Mary pray for us!