Be Devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

From her ‘Memoirs’ (of Fatima) visionary Sister Lucia writes:

Our Lady:

“Jesus wishes to make use of you to make Me known and loved. He wants to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. To whoever embraces this devotion I promise salvation; these souls shall be dear to God, as flowers placed by Me to adorn His throne.” […] Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.””

As Our Lady spoke these last words, She opened Her hands for the second time. In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a heart encircled by thorns which pierced it. We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, and seeking reparation.”


The First Five Saturdays devotion*, that Our Lady asked for in her 13th July 1917 apparition at Fatima to the three little shepherds, is one of the principal points of the Fatima message. It centres on the urgent need for mankind to offer reparation and expiate for the many injuries that the Immaculate Heart of Mary suffers from the hands of both impious and indifferent men.



Via Sensus Fidelium comes this stirring homily on devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary from Fr Michael Rodriguez, a fine priest who we have written about before.


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9 Responses to Be Devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

  1. kathleen says:

    Has anyone heard of the ‘Dawn Rosary’ (‘Rosario de la Aurora’ in Spanish-speaking countries) and celebrated in honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary literally at the crack of dawn on every Saturday of Our Lady’s month of May? It appears to be a devotion celebrated in only some countries of Latin America, the Philippines and just a few places in Spain.
    And yet it is such a BEAUTIFUL Marian tradition! Why is it not more widespread?

    In our little town by the sea, where there is great devotion to Our Lady, this almost unheard of tradition is celebrated every May. Though we cannot boast anything like the great numbers taking part in this devotion by the faithful Philippine and South American people in their countries (according to the photos I’ve seen on the Internet), but we still make up a fair number.

    It’s hard to describe how wonderful it is to walk the winding, cobbled streets, as the dark of the night dispels and the shining rays of the rising sun bathe everything in a golden light, while we sing the prayers of the Holy Rosary. It certainly deepens one’s love for our Blessed Mother.

  2. mary salmond says:

    Has Pope Francis mentioned anything about Dawn Rosary in Latin American countries? Just asking? If so, maybe the tradition would take seed in the USA!!??

  3. Crow says:

    What a beautiful custom! I had never heard of the Dawn Rosary. I would like to see if could be done here in Sydney too.

  4. Crow says:

    Actually I have just arranged to do it with some friends.

  5. kathleen says:

    Chapeau to you, Crow! 😀 That’s wonderful news, and very enterprising of you and your friends to organise this on your own. I hope it catches on with other Catholics and perhaps your parish priest will end up leading the Rosary procession.


    Mary (@ 10:39 yesterday)

    No, I have never heard Pope Francis mention the Dawn Rosary. The Argentine was not one of the Latin American countries I spotted in my Google search where this lovely devotion is celebrated. But I could be wrong.

  6. toadspittle says:

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  7. GC says:

    7 full years of your trolling here, Toad, still don’t seem to be enough for you.

  8. toadspittle says:

    It was never a jail sentence, GC. I do it because care.

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