Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children: Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta between 13th May and 13th October 1917.
She came to the little village of Fatima with a message from God to every man, woman, and child. Our Lady of Fatima promised that the whole world would be in peace, and that many souls would go to Heaven if Her requests were listened to and obeyed.
As a great sign of the whole message truly coming from God, a marvellous miracle was worked in the sky above Fatima before 70, 000 witnesses on 13th October 1917 at the time, date and place that Lucia and the other two children had prophesised in the name of Our Lady of Fatima.
The children were told by Our Lady that God would perform a miracle so that people would believe in the apparitions. The miracle occurred with the sun. All could stare perfectly at the sun without blinking, or even hurting their eyes. While all were watching the sun, it rotated, appeared large and small, got close to the people, and then far away from them. The sun 'danced'. Every single person who was there testified to seeing the sun 'dance', even non-believers.
Lucia said Mary asked them to say the Rosary every day, repeating many times that the Rosary was the key to personal and world peace.
We can pray the Rosary too:
Our Father, who art in Heaven...
Hail Mary, full of grace... ( x10)
Glory be to the Father...
The Feast Day for Our Lady of Fatima is 13th May and our children will reflect on how Mary guides and supports us all in different ways throughout our lives.