MAY 13, DAY OF OUR LADY OF FÁTIMA

On May 13, 1917, three children from Aljustrel, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta were tending their flocks in the Cova da Iria, in Fatima. On that day, around midday, while they were praying the Rosary, Our Lady appeared to them on top of a small holm oak tree. In the following months, up to and including October, the Lady would appear again to the three little shepherds, also on the 13th, except in the month of August, which was on the 19th.

The three little shepherds of Fatima. From left to right: Lucia de Jesus, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto

 

On October 13, with about 70 thousand people present in the Cova da Iria, Our Lady appeared again and asked that a chapel be built on that spot in her honor, the current Little Chapel of the Apparitions of the Shrine of Fatima. Since then, because it receives millions of pilgrims every year, it has been given the name “The Altar of the World”, one of the largest Marian sanctuaries in the world.

Sanctuary of Fatima

Pope Francisco’s visit to Portugal on the occasion of the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima, 2017

 

Today, day of Our Lady of Fátima, many faithful places their prayers to Our Lady of the White Robe, whether they are in Portugal or in the Portuguese communities, where devotion is not forgotten by emigrants and their descendants.

Visit of the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima to São Miguel, port of Ponta Delgada, 1948

Visit of the pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima to São Miguel, port of Ponta Delgada, 1948
Published on 13 May, 2021