Fatima apparitions of the Virgin Mary
Phatima apparitions of the Virgin Mary - a series of events in the Portuguese city of Fatima in 1917. According to the assurances of the three children, a “lady” (later associated with the Virgin Mary) appeared to them many times and transmitted messages with religious appeals and prophecies (concerning the fate of the world and, above all, Russia). Recognized as a true miracle by the Catholic Church.
April - October 1915
Lucia dos Santos (1907-2005) and several friends were fingering their rosary while reciting the Rosary, when they saw a figure hanging in the air above the trees, like a statue made of snow, which became transparent when the sun's rays pierced it. The girls continued to pray, not taking their eyes off the figure, which disappeared as soon as they finished praying. Lucia described: “She seemed to be wrapped in a sheet. There was no head or hands to be seen. " This was repeated two more times.
Lucia dos Santos, her cousins and cousins Francisco Martou (1908-1919) and Jacinta Martou (1910-1920) tended sheep.
We had barely started to play when a strong gust of wind suddenly shook the trees and a light appeared above them, whiter than the first snow. As he approached, he assumed the appearance of a young man, transparent and radiant. He spoke: “Do not be afraid, I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me. " He knelt on the ground, bent low and said three times: “Great God! I believe, worship You, trust in You and love You. I ask You for forgiveness for all those people who do not believe in You, do not worship You, do not trust in You and do not love You. " Then he got up and said, “Pray this way. The hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to your prayer. "
After that, the vision disappeared. The children memorized this prayer, and did not tell anyone about what they saw:
We felt the divine presence so clearly, so close, that we did not even dare to speak to each other. The next day, we still felt the same way. And only gradually this feeling disappeared. None of us spoke about this phenomenon or agreed to keep it secret. It in itself stamped our lips. This experience was so personal that it was already difficult to just utter a word.
The children were playing under a fig tree when that one appeared again.