Celebrating the 100th year of Fatima ApparitionsThere are three ways to obtain an indulgence for the 100th year Fatima anniversary (1917 -2017).
Feb 18, 2017
By Bernard Anthony
There are three ways to obtain an indulgence for the 100th year Fatima anniversary (1917 -2017).
As part of the Jubilee Year, the Holy Father has granted the opportunity for the Catholic faithful to obtain a plenary indulgence under the normal conditions (detachment from sin, confession, communion and prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father) and meeting ONE of the following sets of conditions:
-- Make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, which many cannot afford.
-- Visit and pray before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima, exposed for public veneration in any church, during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October 2017 and devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary.
-- People who, because of age, illness or other serious cause are unable to get around, can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017.
In Peninsular Malaysia, there are three Churches and five Chapels dedicated to or named after Our Lady of Fatima. There are also a few other parishes which have the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in their Churches.
At the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL), the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is open daily until 10.00pm. There are also pamphlets to read about the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.
The Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Brickfields has a special Mass and prayers to Our Lady of Fatima on the 13th of each month, which began on Jan 13, 2017. It is expected to last till the end of the Jubilee celebration.
Sunday, May 13, 1917, was the first apparition, when Mary appeared to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. The three little children were Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. They claimed to have seen the Blessed Virgin Mary in a total of six apparitions between May 13 and October 13, 1917.
Miracles have occurred that are attributed to the Marian apparitions at Fatima. Till today, healing is taking place for the thousands of pilgrims who converge on Fatima yearly. The Three Secrets of Fatima,too, have been revealed to the world. Our Lady of Fatima points us to the Lord and reminds us to pray, repent and seek and do His will.
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It is important that we have bibles, and pray with our bibles, but we have been given a gift that is greater than even our bibles. We have been given the gift of the Eucharist.