Third Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917

[Taken from the booklet Lucia Speaks published by the Blue Army]

A few moments after arriving at the Cova da Iria near the holm-oak, where a large number of people were praying the Rosary, we saw the flash of light once more and a moment later Our Lady appeared over the holm-oak.

“What do you want of me?” I asked.

“I want you to come here on the 13th of next month. Continue to pray the Rosary every day, in honour of Our Lady in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only She can obtain it.”

“I want you to tell us who you are, and to perform a miracle so that everyone will believe that you have appeared to us.”

“Continue to come here every month. In October I will tell you who I am and what I want, and I will perform a miracle so that all may believe.”

Here I made some requests which I cannot now recall. What I do remember is that Our Lady said it was necessary for those persons to say the Rosary in order to obtain the graces during the year. And She continued:

“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice: ‘O Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’”

Saying these last words, Our Lady opened Her hands, as She had done during the two previous months. The light from them seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls that looked like transparent embers, some black or bronze, in human form, driven about by the flames that issued from within themselves, together with clouds of smoke.

They were falling on all sides, just as sparks cascade from great fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid cries of pain and despair which horrified us so that we trembled with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as the people say they heard me exclaim aloud.)

The demons could be distinguished by their likeness to terrible, loathsome and unknown animals, transparent as live coals. Terrified and as if to plead for succour, we raised our eyes to Our Lady, who said to us kindly but sadly:

“You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. In order to save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, there will be peace. The war will end, but if men do not cease offending God, another and more terrible war will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI.

”When you see a night lit up by an unknown light, know that it is the sign God gives you that He is about to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. In order to prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays.

“If my wishes are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecution of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated. But finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.

The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and it will be converted, and a time of peace will be conceded to the world. In Portugal the Dogma of Faith will always be preserved … etc. … Do not tell this to anybody. You may tell it to Francisco.

When you recite the Rosary, after each mystery say: `Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.’” A short silence followed, and I asked:

“Is there anything more that you want of me?”

“No, I do not want anything more of you today.”

And as in the previous apparitions, She began to ascend towards the east, until She finally disappeared in the infinity of space.

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