The First Five Saturday Promise (in English) Was MISINTERPRETED from the Portuguese

Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal, October 13, 1917

The testimonial account of the 6 monthly Fatima apparitions of 1917 can easily be found online.   I'm not going to outline something that you can easily find online.  None the less, the October 13, 1917 apparition had approximately 40,000 to 70,000 eyewitnesses to it.  This included newspaper reporters who did report on the event in a respectful tone.  However, Game Five of the Major League World Series was transpiring in America.  Being that the two World Series teams came from the two largest cities in the United States, the World Series made front-page news the following day . . . instead of the Fatima Miracle which still made the news, none the less.

Concerning Fatima, they were two apparitions also "approved as worthy of credence," in addition to the original six ones.  In one of those two subsequent apparitions, Our Lady made a promise to those who would come to perform the First Saturday Communion of Reparation for five consecutive months.  The act of reparation was simple.   It consisted in [1] Sacramental Confession, [2] Holy Communion, [3] five decades of the Rosary, and [4] 15 minutes of meditation upon the mysteries of the Rosary, while having the intention to make reparation for the slanderous words and sacrilegious acts against Our Lady. 

Now, for the past 70 years, when an American writer or media member stated Our Lady's promise, concerning the first five Saturday devotion, every one of them stated, "I promise to assist at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation" . . ."  Stop here.   

In the romance languages, the phrase, "assist at" always means, "be present."  It means to be there, on-the-scene, in person.  THEREFORE, the correct quote from Our Lady, for those who perform the First Saturday "Communions of Reparation" is this:

"I promise TO BE PRESENT at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, of whoever, on the First Saturday of five consecutive months, shall [1] go to confession, [2] receive Holy Communion, [3] pray five decades of the Rosary, and [4] "keep me in company" for fifteen minutes, while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to my Immaculate Heart."

The 1940s, 1960s, 1980s translation of that 1925 promise made it sound intellectually remote.  This TRUE translation  assures a devotee of Mary that Mary will be present, in person --- at the scene of the dying person, empowering that person with all the graces necessary to die in the State of Grace.  And you will be encapsulated in the very white light.

Mary will be present, on the scene, at your death, if you do the "five first Saturday" communions of reparation.  And yes, in the supernatural world, a person can be present and invisible at the same time.  

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Saturday, October 13, 1917, the Cova da Iria, Fatima.  The Miracle of the Sun gave Fatima its credibility.  But, certain persons inserted falsehoods, making those lie looks like the original Fatima message, distorting the mission that comes with being devoted to Our Lady of Fatima.