Our Lady's Garden
The Five First Saturdays
Giving Honor and Consolation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
This devotion begins with attendance at daily Mass on the first saturday of five consecutive months and requires the following:
- Sacramental Confession during the week prior to or following the First Saturday of five consecutive months
- Reception of Holy Communion. (This must be done in a state of grace; thus, receiving Reconciliation before the First Saturday best.)
- Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
- Keep Mary company for 15 minutes meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary.
These elements should be honored in a spirit of reparation. The desire to console the heart of Mary includes the meditation on the passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ, her son whom she accompanied in His Passion. As she kept Him company, we are asked to keep her company. The devotion allows the meditation on any or all other the mysteries of the Rosary while seeking to console the Heart of Mary surrounded by thorns.
Each month, one is to seek to console the pierced Heart of Mary as she is attacked and the Holy Trinity is offended by the following blasphemies:
First Month – Offer solace from the attack against the Immaculate Conception
Second Month - Offer solace from the blasphemies against Mary’s Perpetual Virginity.
Third Month - Offer consolation to The Immaculate Heart of Mary in the face of blasphemy against her Divine Maternity as men and women refuse her as Mother of all Mankind given to us by Jesus from the Cross.
Fourth Month – Offer consolation to The Immaculate Heart of Mary as mankind rejects Mary’s love and in the spirit of indifference seek to “foster in the hearts of children indifference, contempt, and even hatred for their Immaculate Mother.”
Fifth Month – Seek to console the Heart of Mary from outrages to her holy images.
This reparation to God and effort to console the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary is available in most cases. The Church does offer leniency to an individual who is unable to attend Saturday Mass to offer reparations via this devotion on Sunday. Most might admit that committing to the First Saturday Devotion is possible. Any difficulty can be offered as additional suffering to salve the pierced heart of our Sorrowful Mother.