The Apparitions at Fatima

Our Lady appeared at Fatima six times to three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.
The Apparitions took place between the 13th of May and the 13th of October, 1917.
1st Apparition - 13th May 1917

May 13 1917 was a beautiful Sunday in Portugal’s rugged Serra de Aire uplands. Sunshine bathed the olive groves. The fresh green of Springtime in the meadows and olive groves contrasted with the vivid red of poppy flowers. The happy voices of three children playing as they watched over their families’ flocks rang out in the clear air. Suddenly, there was a rumble of distant thunder...

2nd Apparition - June 13th 1917

Flashes of light in the sky preceded the second apparition, just as the first. On this occasion, approximately fifty people accompanied the children. Although no one but the children saw Our Lady, others did notice unusual phenomena. The sun became dimmer during the apparition and stars were plainly visible even though it was midday. People noticed the holm oak tree sagged as if under an unseen weight during the time that Lucia spoke towards it...

3rd Apparition - July 13th 1917 (Vision of Hell)

The father of Jacinta and Francisco noticed that when the third apparition began, a small grayish cloud hovered over the holm oak, the sunlight diminished, and a cool breeze blew over the mountain range, despite it being the height of summer...

4th Apparition - August 19th 1917 

On 13 August, the day the fourth apparition was scheduled, the three children were unable to meet Our Lady at the Cova da Iria. They had been kidnapped by the mayor of Vila Nova de Ourém, who tried to force them to tell him the Secret. The children held firm, despite the mayor imprisoning them together with criminals and terrorising them with threats to plunge them in boiling oil...

5th Apparition - September 13th 1917 

A crowd estimated at 20,000 observed atmospheric phenomena similar to those of the previous apparitions: the sudden cooling of the air, a dimming of the sun to the point where the stars could be seen, and a rain resembling iridescent petals or snowflakes that disappeared before touching the ground...

6th Apparition - October 13th 1917 (Miracle of the Sun)

As on the other occasions, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta first saw a bright light and then they saw Our Lady over the holm oak.

Lucia: What does Your Grace wish of me?
Our Lady: I wish to tell you that I want a chapel built here in my honour. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue to pray the Rosary every day. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes...

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