Communal First Saturdays in the UK:
Communal First Saturdays Explained:
The First Saturdays is the remaining special request of Our Lady of Fatima. A communal celebration of the First Saturdays devotion offers an easier way for people to fulfill the conditions of the First Saturdays. In addition, the communal celebration offers a service through which a much larger number of people are able to practice the First Saturdays, not only for five First Saturdays, but also on a continual basis. In this way, we can obtain the graces of conversion for ourselves and others in greater measure, and so help to bring about a period of peace and the salvation of souls.
The Communal First Saturdays is the first canonically approved public First Saturdays devotion accompanying the Liturgy in a standardized written form that can be established in any parish.
The Communal First Saturdays is a monthly scheduled parish service in which the faithful can join together in the four practices requested by Our Lady in reparation to her Immaculate Heart (December 10, 1925). Confessions are available before Mass. The opening prayers and the recitation of the Rosary precede Mass which includes the Communion of reparation. The Mass is followed by keeping Our Lord and Our Lady company while meditating communally for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary. This is done in a communal form of lectio divina. The leader begins the first step of the lectio divina by reading a verse or more of Scripture at a time with pauses for reflection by the faithful. The Communal First Saturdays Devotional book is used by each of the faithful to follow the service. Again, all of the four practices are done with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the end of the service, the Brown Scapular is made available and is received as a sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.