August 19, 1917 Apparition

The authorities in Fatima, wanting to prevent the children from going to the Cova da Iria on the 13th of August, summoned them for questioning on August 10th and had them put in prison after numerous threats to reveal the ‘Secret’ which Our Lady had given them.  Refusing to answer them even in the face of death, they were put into prison and later released.  Since the children were not able to make it to the Cova on the 13th, Our Blessed Mother came to them on August 19th.  The following is the account taken from Fatima In Lucia’s Own Words:

I was accompanied by Francisco and his brother John.  We were with the sheep in a place called Valinhos, when we felt something supernatural approaching and enveloping us.  Suspecting that Our Lady was about to appear to us, and feeling sorry lest Jacinta might miss seeing her, we asked her brother to go and call her.  As he was unwilling to go, I offered him two small coins, and off he ran. 

Meanwhile, Francisco and I saw the flash of light, which we called lightning.  Jacinta arrived, and a moment later, we saw Our Lady on the holm oak tree.

“What do you want of me?”

~ “I want you to continue going to the Cova da Iria on the 13th, and to continue praying the Rosary every day.  In the last month, I will perform a miracle so that all may believe.”

“What do you want done with the money that the people leave in the Cova da Iria?” 

~ “Have tow litters made.  One is to be carried by you and Jacinta and two other girls dressed in white; the other one is to be carried by Francisco and three other boys.  The money made from the litters is for the ‘festa’ of Our Lady of the Rosary, and what is left will help towards the construction of a chapel that is to be built here.” 

“I would like to ask you to cure some sick persons.”

~ “Yes, I will cure some of them during the year.” 

Then looking very sad, Our Lady said:

~ “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.”

 And she began to ascend as usual towards the east.


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