First Five Saturdays
On May 29, 1930 Our Lord explained to Sister Lucia why five First Saturdays. "My daughter, the reason is simple. Against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, five kinds of offenses and blasphemies are committed: Those committed against the Immaculate Conception; Those committed against the virginity of Our Lady; Those committed against the Divine maternity, refusing at the same time, to accept her as the mother of men; Those committed by men who publicly attempt to instill indifference, scorn and even hatred for this Immaculate Mother in the hearts of children; Those committed by men who insult her directly in her statues."
There are four requirements to faithfully fulfill the five first Saturdays.
1. Go to confession.
2. Receive Holy Communion.
3. Say five decades of die Holy Rosary.
4. Meditate for fifteen minutes on the mysteries
of the Holy Rosary. (Separate from saying the Rosary.)
During the apparition of February 15, 1926, Sister Lucia presented Our Lord the problem some people had in confessing on Saturdays. She asked Our Lord if the confession would be valid if done within a period of eight days before or eight days after the first Saturday. Our Lord answered: "Yes, it can even be within many more days, provided they are in the state of grace when they receive Me, and have the intention of offering reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."