The Rosary and Scapular
Throughout the Apparitions at Fatima , Our Lady called the children (and us) to prayer. The prayer that she requested specifically is the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary. The genius of the Rosary is that it leads us to meditate on the events of the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. The source of the prayer focuses on contemplating on Gospel in union with Mary. If we would respond to Our Lady’s request of the daily Rosary, she promised that we would usher in God’s peace for our fragile and conflict-torn world.
“Pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world . . . for she alone can save it.” (Our Lady—July 13, 1917)
“God has placed peace in her hands, and it is from the Immaculate Heart that men must ask it.” (Jacinta—shortly before her death)
“When you pray the Rosary, say after each mystery: ‘O Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy.’ ” (June 13, 1917)
For more information on the Rosary, you can go to: http://www.theholyrosary.org
Prayer Before the Rosary
Queen of the Holy Rosary, you have deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three shepherd children the treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary. Inspire my heart with a sincere love of this devotion, in order that by meditating on the Mysteries of our Redemption which are recalled in it, I may be enriched with its fruits and obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners and of Russia , and the favor which I ask of you in this Rosary. (Here mention your request.) I ask it for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of souls, especially for my own. Amen.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
In the last apparition at Fatima Our Lady appeared as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, holding the Scapular in her outstretched hand. The Scapular is the sign of our consecration to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Daily it should remind us of the promise we have made to Mary.
For more information on the Brown Scapular, you can go to: http://carmelnet.org/scapular/scapular.htm