According to Vatican Radio News, last week, it was announced that when Pope Francis makes his pastoral visit to the Portuguese town of Fatima on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition there, he will canonize two of the young shepherd children to whom Our Lady came: Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
Discovering a novena prayer with a litany which invokes Our Lady of Fatima and the young Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta has led me to ask you to consider joining in praying this novena, beginning May 4th, next Thursday, and ending on May 12th, the day before the anniversary of the first apparition. In addition to any personal intentions we each may have, let’s unite from wherever in the world we live, and pray, as well, for the intentions of every member of this community and our families, for no one has been immune to suffering and struggles in these days. Solidarity is both powerful and heartening.
“Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
The novena begins with the following prayer and both litany and prayer can be found at the World Apostolate of Fatima, England & Wales website:
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly with all the powers of my soul, and I thank You for the apparitions of the most Holy Virgin in Fatima which have made manifest to the world the treasures of the her Immaculate Heart. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary I implore You, if it should be for Your greater glory and the good of our souls to glorify in the sight of Your Holy Church Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta attaining for us, through their intercession, the grace we now implore… mention your intentions …Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…
Since first discovering this novena, I have received an invitation from a group from which I receive emails, Pray More Novenas. You may prefer to pray this novena to Our Lady of Fatima. Whatever your choice, please consider uniting with us at TNRS to pray for the intentions of every member of this community and our families, especially for the families with heartwrenching needs.