Friday, May 13, 2022
The feast of Our Lady of Fatima commemorates the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta were shepherds, and while watching their sheep Our Lady appeared to them on six separate occasions. She instructed them to be devoted to God and to pray the rosary. She asked them to pray for the souls suffering in hell and to be devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her message encouraged a conversion of hearts.
The appearances were reported in the news along with the information that a miracle would occur on October 13, 1917 at the last apparition. A huge crowd of over 30000 gathered. Many witnessed the sun “dancing” in the sky, moving in different directions. Others saw many colors coming from the sun.
The feast day of Our Lady of Fatima is May 13, the date of the first apparition.