Online First Saturdays Devotion for September 5, 2020:
Please join us online Saturday, September 5th to try to make the First Saturdays together!
¡Unámonos en oración el próximo sábado 5º de Septiembre para hacer los Primeros Sábados online!
Previous Month’s Devotion:
Communal First Saturdays Online for August //ENGLISH//:
9am your local time
Ideally, we would like you to join at that time. However, you can still access the video at another time for individual use or use with others. Please share this information with others.
The mp3 audio file in English is available here.
Primeros Sábados Comunitarios Online Agosto //ESPAÑOL//:
9am tu hora local
Lo ideal sería que nos acompañara en este horario, sin embargo, podrá accesar al video en cualquier otro momento para uso personal o para compartirlo. Favor de difundir.
El archivo de audio mp3 en Español está disponible aquí.
Click here for August 15th Family Consecration.
To see a sample of what the Communal First Saturdays is like, please see video below. (Be sure to come back July 4th to see the full Communal First Saturdays Online.)
We need to persevere in trying to fulfill Our Lord and Our Lady’s’ request for the First Saturdays devotion. Why? Our Lady promised a period of peace and salvation of many souls (Fatima, July 13, 1917). Our Lady also promised to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation (Pontevedra, December 10, 1925). Need we say more? With this recent pandemic, people are dying by the thousands… many of us are feeling unrest… We can’t have a period of peace with the way things are going on in this world. So, we know that the resolution of this pandemic will come. We can do our part to hasten the resolution of this. We should also keep in mind that there is something far worse than the coronavirus, which is the virus of sin. The First Saturdays Devotion is Heaven’s remedy for this as well as the virus.
How can we make the First Saturdays if many of us can’t receive Confession and Holy Communion given the pandemic? We can still try as far as possible by trying to make a perfect Act of Contrition with the intention of going to Confession as soon as possible and offering a spiritual Communion in reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary with the intention of receiving Holy Communion as soon as possible. The Communal First Saturdays Online will help us do this.
This program is based on the book The Communal First Saturdays (with imprimatur). The devotion in this book is the first canonically approved public First Saturdays devotion accompanying the Liturgy.
Let’s keep in mind the power of prayer together with the words of Pope St. John XXIII:
Clearly the most efficacious kind of prayer for gaining the divine protection is prayer that is offered publicly by the whole community; for Our Redeemer said: “Where two or three are gathered…” (Pope St. John XXIII)
Since many of us cannot visibly gather to fulfill the First Saturdays together, we can try to approach this as far as possible online together.
To fulfill the First Saturdays, each of the following needs to be done in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
- 1) Confession
- 2) Pray the Rosary
- 3) Receive Holy Communion
- 4) Fulfill a separate 15 minute Meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary in Our Lady’s Company
This video can help you do all of this. However, you would still need to make the intention to physically go to Confession and Mass as soon as possible.
The online program offers some important information regarding Confession. It then continues with the Communal Order of Devotion, which includes Introductory Prayers, the Rosary, opportunity to make a Spiritual Communion in reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and a 15 minute communal Meditation in Our Lady’s company in the form of lectio divina specifically for the month of May. The program concludes with the Pilgrim Virgin Statue and Brown Scapular Reception.
We encourage everyone to make a good examination of conscience before watching Communal First Saturdays Online. This will help us make a perfect Act of Contrition and try to receive a Spiritual Communion in the state of grace. To examine your conscience, you can go to our website by clicking on the following link: Examination of Conscience.
For more information about the First Saturdays, you can view our downloadable pamphlets here.
To view an additional video, please click here.