Fatima’s History

In the spring of 1916, the Angel of Peace appears to three young shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. The Angel teaches the children, Jacinta Marcos, Francisco Marcos, and Lucia Dos Santos, the PARDON PRAYER.

In the autumn of that year the Angel teaches the children the ANGEL PRAYER.

On May 13, 1917, in a field called Cova da Iria near the village of Fatima, Portugal, a beautiful luminous Lady, dressed in radiant white, appears before the three young children. She tells them that she has been sent by God with a message for every man, woman and child. She asks for prayer, especially that of the Holy Rosary, reparation and consecration. She teaches the three children the EUCHARISTIC PRAYER.

During Her July 13, 1917 apparition she teaches the children two additional prayers; the SACRIFICE PRAYER and the DECADE PRAYER.

On October 13, 1917, during the final apparition, Our Blessed Mother makes Herself known to the children as, “Our Lady of The Rosary”. At this time the Great Miracle of the Sun occurs. As Our Lady of The Rosary moves off into the distance, Saint Joseph with The Child Jesus and Our Lady appear. Saint Joseph and the Christ Child bless the world as they make the Sign of the Cross. As the apparition fades Our Lord appears with Our Lady of Sorrows and blesses those present with the Sign of the Cross. As this apparition fades, Our Blessed Mother reappears as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

On December 10, 1925, in Pontevedra, Spain, Our Blessed Mother appears within a cloud of Light with her child Jesus before Sister Lucia. She declares that all who attend Mass for the Five First Saturdays, meditate for fifteen minutes while praying the Holy Rosary, attend Confession, receive Holy Communion, and offer reparation, penance, prayer and sacrifice shall be granted mercy at their hour of death.

On June 13, 1929, while Sister Lucia, then a Dorothean nun, is at Holy Hour in Tuy, Spain, she is granted a special vision of the Blessed Trinity. In the Vision the written words “Graces and Mercy” appear. This is perhaps one of the most important revelations of Fatima.

Years later, Our Lord appears to Sister Lucia in Rianjo, Spain, where He teaches her two additional prayers called the CONVERSION PRAYER and the SALVATION PRAYER.

In 1948, Sister Lucia enters the Carmelite Convent in Coimbra, Portugal, where she takes the religious name Sister Maria of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sister Lucia dies on February 13, 2005 at age 97 at her Carmelite Convent in Coimbra, Portugal.

The MESSAGE of Fatima begins with the HOLY EUCHARIST and ends with the HOLY EUCHARIST.

This is but a brief history of the Fatima Apparitions. For more extensive information we suggest an Internet search on the Fatima Apparitions.

The Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima is celebrated each year on the 13th of October.

We invite you to honor “Our Heavenly Mother” with the Fatima Chaplet, a private prayer devotion. The order of prayers can be found on this site at The Fatima Chaplet.


Fatima Candlelight Procession