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The Fátima prayers (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfatimɐ]) are a collection of seven Catholic prayers associated with the Marian apparitions at Fátima, Portugal in 1917. Of the seven prayers, reportedly, the first two were taught to the three children who witnessed the apparitions by the Angel of Peace, the next three were taught to the children by Our Lady of Fátima, and the final two were taught to Lúcia dos Santos, the last survivor of the three, much later in 1931 by Jesus in an apparition which occurred then. Of the seven prayers, the Rosary Decade Prayer is the best-known and the most widely practised. For each prayer below, an English translation is given as well as the Portuguese original.
Angel of Peace
In the Spring of 1916, the Angel of Peace taught the three children of Fátima this prayer, making them repeat it three times.
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You.
Meu Deus! Eu creio, adoro, espero e amo-Vos. Peço-Vos perdão para os que não crêem, não adoram, não esperam e Vos não amam.
The angel then said, "Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications." To believe, adore, hope, and love God is to practice the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.
In August 1916, the Angel taught the children this prayer, again making them repeat it three times.
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.
Santíssima Trindade, Padre, Filho, Espírito Santo, (adoro-Vos profundamente e) ofereço-Vos o preciosíssimo Corpo, Sangue, Alma e Divindade de Jesus Cristo, presente em todos os Sacrários da terra, em reparação dos ultrajes, sacrilégios e indiferenças com que Ele mesmo é ofendido. E pelos méritos infinitos do Seu Santíssimo Coração e do Coração Imaculado de Maria, peço-Vos a conversão dos pobres pecadores.
Sacrilege against the Eucharist includes receiving it in mortal sin.
Our Lady of Fátima
On May 13, 1917, as Our Lady bathed the children in light and as they were "moved by an interior impulse that was ... communicated to [them]", they said this prayer.
O most Holy Trinity, I adore You! My God, my God, I love You in the most Blessed Sacrament!
Ó Santíssima Trindade, eu Vos adoro. Meu Deus, meu Deus, eu Vos amo no Santíssimo Sacramento.
It is the Trinity, present in the person of Christ, who is in the Eucharist.
On June 13, 1917, Our Lady said to the children "Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say [this prayer] many times, especially whenever you make some sacrifice[.]"
O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Ó Jesus, é por Vosso amor, pela conversão dos pecadores e em reparação pelos pecados cometidos contra o Imaculado Coração de Maria.
Rosary Decade Prayer
Of the seven Fátima prayers this one is the most well-known, often being referred to simply as the "Fatima Prayer". On that same day (June 13, 1917), Our Lady taught the children to say this prayer after each decade of the Rosary. Our Lady encouraged the children to continue to pray the Rosary every day.
O my Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need.
These prayers were reportedly taught privately by Jesus to Sister Lucia in 1931. The alleged revelations of Christ have not been approved by the Church; only the angelic and Marian apparitions of Fatima are approved.
- Note the minor differences in punctuation between these sources.
- Fatima in Lucia's Own Words (Sister Lucia's Memoirs), 15th edition, July 2007, p. 78
- Memórias da Irmã Lúcia, 13th edition, October 2007, p. 77
- Memoirs, p. 78
- Catechism of the Catholic Church 1841
- Memoirs, p. 79
- Memórias, p. 79
- [Catechism of the Catholic Church 2120]
- Memoirs, p. 175
- Memoirs, p. 176
- Memórias, p. 174
- Catechism of the Catholic Church 1415
- Memoirs, p. 178
- Memórias, p. 176
- Memoirs, pp. 179–180
- Memoirs, p. 179
- Memórias, p. 177
- William Thomas Walsh, Our Lady of Fátima, 1947, See footnote on page 225.
- VATICAN.VA: Message of Fatima
- "Fatima in Sister Lucia's own words" – Free online version of the memoir book written by Sister Lucia, O.C.D.
- "The True Story of Fatima" – Free online version of the book written by Father John de Marchi, I.M.C.
- "Sister Lucia: Apostle of Mary's Immaculate Heart" – Free online version of the book written by Mark Fellows