What did the Blessed Virgin say July 13th, 1917?
Have you read Sister Lucia dos Santos' account of the message that the Blessed Virgin gave to the three shepherd children, aged 10, 9, and 7 years? In our house, we have been trying to read these accounts on the 13th of May, June, July, August, September, and October each year. You know we haven't done it all the time! But for the times we have done it, our devotion to Fatima and our Lady has increased.
One way to commemorate these visions, is to put up some fun decorations on the 13th of every month (May to October), have something special at dinner (or after), and read the account about that month. If you need cute and beautiful decorations for this, please check out Our Lady of Fatima decorations from Party Like a Saint! If you order now (so you won't forget), you'll have them for August, September, and October.
Here is the message given in July, on this very day 105 years ago, as taken from Fatima: A Message More Urgent Than Ever by Luiz Sergio Solimeo (emphases added):
Lucia describes what happened:
July 13, 1917—Moments after we arrived at Cova da Iria, next to the holm oak, amidst a great crowd of people, while praying the Rosary, we saw a reflection of the usual light and then Our Lady upon the tree.
“What does Your Grace want of me?” I asked.
"I wanted to ask you to tell us who you are, to work a miracle so that everyone will believe that you appear to us," I said.
"Continue to come here every month. In October I will say who I am, what I want, and I will perform a miracle that everybody will see so they will believe.”
Here I made some requests I no longer remember what they were. What I do remember is that Our Lady said that it was necessary to continue saying the Rosary to obtain graces during the year.
And she continued: "Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say very often, especially whenever you make some sacrifice:‘O Jesus, it is for Thy love, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’”
[this is also translated: It’s for love of You, Jesus, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for all the offenses against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.]
Upon saying these words, she again opened her hands as in the preceding two months. The reflection appeared to penetrate into the earth and we saw, as it were, a sea of fire. Submerged in that fire were demons and souls in human shapes resembled red-hot, black and bronze-colored embers that floated about in the blaze borne by the flames that issued from them with clouds of smoke, falling everywhere like sparks in great fires, without weight or equilibrium, amidst moans of pain and despair that horrified us and made us shake with terror (that must be when I shouted "aahhi" people said they heard). The devils had horrible and disgusting shapes of scary and unknown animals but were transparent like black burning coals. Scared and as if asking for help, we raised our eyes to Our Lady, who said with goodness and sadness:
“You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go; in order to save them, God wants to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. If they do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war will come to an end. But if they do not stop offending God, in the reign of Pius XI a worse war will begin. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that it is the great sign that God gives you that He will punish the world for its crimes by means of war, hunger and persecutions against the Church and the Holy Father."To prevent it I will come to ask the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are fulfilled, Russia will convert and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer and many nations will be annihilated. Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and she will be converted and the world will be given a certain period of peace. In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will be always preserved, etc. [here the third part of the secret was revealed]."Do not tell this to anyone. But you may tell Francisco about it."When you say the Rosary, after each mystery, pray: ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.’"