An Opening Prayer

Angel of Peace

The opening prayer we use is observed as the Angel of Peace/Angel of Portugal has asked us to do prior to the Apparitions of the Our Lady.

What is Fatima?
Fatima is a visit by Our Heavenly Mother Mary in our time for our time. It is a Message of concern, a practical plan for world peace, a promise of Heaven.

It is Heaven’s interventions to save us from persecution, martyrdom, war, enslavement or annihilation. Above all it’s a way to save our souls from hell. It is meant for you. The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared 6 times to 3 shepherd children; Lucy, Francisco and Jacinta; between May 13 and October 13, 1917. She came to the little village of Fatima which had remained faithful to the Catholic Church during the recent persecutions by the government.

The story of Fatima really begins in the year 1916 when three children — Lucia, a girl of nine, Francisco, a boy of eight, and Jacinta, a little girl of six years old — went out into the valley of the Cova da Iria near the village of Fatima in Portugal. This was a day like so many others in which the children had taken their parents’ sheep out to graze. On this particular day early in the spring of 1916, rain began to fall, and the children hurried up the side of the hill to the south of the valley to a little natural cave, called the Cabeço. There they finished playing their games, ate their lunches, and, as was the custom all over Portugal, knelt down to say the Rosary together.

THE ANGEL OF PEACE
But before they had finished the Rosary they felt a strong wind and, looking about, noticed a strange light far out over the valley. As they watched, that light came closer and closer to the place where they were kneeling, until finally, it came to the very entrance of the little cave. There the light took the form of a young man about fifteen years of age. “Fear not!” said this creature of light; “I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me.” Then, prostrating himself with forehead touching the ground, he gave the children the prayer that tells us what is wrong with today’s world, for this is the prayer the Angel of Peace gave to the Children of Fatima: “My God, I believe; I adore; I trust, and I love Thee. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee.” Three times the Angel repeated that prayer, a prayer in which Heaven itself asks that from this earth it may receive the prayers of Faith, Hope, and Love — treasures which we have received in Baptism. “Pray thus,” said the departing Angel. “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplication.”

Twice more in that summer of 1916 the Angel visited the children. The second time he came as they were playing near the old well behind Lucia’s home. All of a sudden, without any warning, he appeared, asking: “What are you doing? Pray, pray incessantly. Offer prayers and sacrifices to the Almighty.” Lucia, puzzled by these words, made bold to ask: “But how — how shall we sacrifice ourselves?” To which the Angel answered: “In everything you do, offer a sacrifice to God to make up for the sins by which God is offended… Above all, accept and endure with submission the suffering which God will send you.”

“But how can we suffer?” said Francisco. Even little Jacinta, would stretch out her little arms and cry out: “Lord, we offer Thee all these sufferings for the conversion of poor sinners.” They began to understand the meaning of suffering and the great mystery of sin.

REPARATION
Toward the end of the Summer the Angel came to them while they were praying in that spot at the Cabeço made sacred by his first visit. In his hand he held a chalice, and over it, a bleeding Host. Kneeling, he offered the heart-stirring prayer: “O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference’s by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.” Then giving the Host to Lucia, and the contents of the Chalice to Francisco and Jacinta, he said: “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.” It was the last time the children saw the Angel of Peace.



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