May 13 unites Fatima and the Blessed Sacrament

By Joseph Pronechen –

Fatima has a great connection to the Holy Eucharist in more ways than one. In fact, they are inseparable.

The first can be seen in the Fatima children’s reception of the Eucharist from the Angel.

In his book Fatima for Today, Father Andrew Apostoli explains, “The Mother of God herself came from heaven with a message of hope and a plan for victory. Before her appearance, a powerful lesson in Eucharistic devotion was given by the Angel of Peace during his third apparition. This apparition would instill in the young children a very ardent devotion to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.”

During that third apparition, the Angel knelt before the suspended chalice and host, had the children pray, then rose and gave Communion to them – the host to Lucia and the Precious Blood to Jacinta and Francisco – Eucharistic adoration and Holy Communion together.

Significance of May 13

Next is a little-realized or remembered connection linking Fatima and the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady’s first appearance to the children took place on May 13. It was the date on which was celebrated Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

That title was given to her by St. Peter Julian Eymard, who was called “The Priest of the Eucharist” and “The Apostle of the Eucharist.” He founded the Congregation of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Paris in 1856 – on May 13. He desired to establish perpetual adoration, wrote of the indissoluble connection of Mary to the Eucharist, and in May a few years later gave her the title of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

During her May 13 apparition at Fatima, Our Lady opened her hands and bathed the children in heavenly light. Lucia related, the children “knew somehow that this light was God,” fell to their knees and in their hearts repeated, “Oh, Holy Trinity, I adore You. My God, my God, I love You in the Blessed Sacrament.”

In his book Father Apostoli tells us: “Since heaven’s choices are never made randomly, we must assume that Jesus was sending His Mother with a message of His love and peace on a feast day that reminds us of the awesome gift He had already given us: His precious Body and Blood in the Eucharist.”

St. John Paul II surely knew this. He wrote in his Marian encyclical, “The piety of the Christian people has always rightly sensed a profound link between devotion to the Blessed Virgin and worship of the Eucharist.” Then in his encyclical, Ecclesia De Eucharistia, he said: “If the Church and the Eucharist are inseparably united, the same ought to be said of Mary and the Eucharist.”

If we listen to Our Lady of Fatima’s repeated directives for the daily Rosary, First Saturday devotions, reparation, identifying herself as the Lady of the Rosary and now learning of her title of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, she puts together Eucharistic and Marian devotion as the answer for our healing and peace.

Prayer to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament
by St. Peter Julian Eymard

Virgin Immaculate, perfect lover of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament,
we ask you to obtain for us the graces we need to become true adorers
of our Eucharistic God. Grant us, we beg of you, to know Him better,
to love Him more, and to center our lives around the Eucharist, that is,
to make our whole life a constant prayer of adoration, thanksgiving,
reparation, and petition to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  Amen.

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