August 13th & 19th together comprise the Fourth Apparition at Fatima. In this month of the Immaculate Heart and the Assumption, why not participate in this Fatima Family Holy Hour, for the intention of the Church at this difficult time? You can do this any time during the month, though it is suggested on the 13th or 19th. Here is an account of the Fatima story in August, 1917:
"As August 13th approached, the story of the apparitions had reached the anti-religious secular press, and while this ensured that the whole country knew about Fatima, it also meant that many biased and negative reports were circulating. The children were apprehended on the morning of August 13th, before the apparition could take place, by the Mayor of Vila Nova de Ourem, Arturo Santos. They were interrogated about the Blessed Mother’s Secret she had given them, but despite threats and promises of money, they refused to cooperate. They were moved to the local prison and threatened with a horrible death, but determined that they would die rather than reveal the Secret.
Though the children were not there, at Cova da Iria, thunder, followed by lightning, was heard at the usual time. The spectators noticed a small white cloud that hovered over the Oak for a few minutes. Phenomena of coloration were observed on the faces of the people, the clothing, the trees, and the ground.
Due to the people’s protests, the children were released from prison. On August 19th, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta were together at a place called Valinhos, near Fatima, when they again saw Mary, who spoke to Lucia: “Go again to the Cova on the 13th of next month and continue to say the Rosary every day.” Mary also said she would soon perform a miracle, so all would believe. Looking very sad, Mary then said: “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to Hell because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them.” With that, she rose into the air and moved towards the east before disappearing. By now, the children had thoroughly absorbed Mary’s plea for prayer and penance, and did everything they could to answer it."
Text courtesy World Apostolate of Fatima, USA , edited.
For full Holy Hour, please see this PDF, for you to print and perform at home:
AUGUST FATIMA FAMILY HOLY HOUR FOR THE CHURCH
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