Saint Mary Marks 100 Years of Fátima with Procession

In 1917, the Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children in Fátima, Portugal, asking them to pray and devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to say the Rosary every day.

100 years later, more than 150 Saint Mary Mokena parishioners gathered for a procession and Rosary held to commemorate this miraculous event.

Fatima 100 years
Joined by Father Dindo and Father Raed, procession participants walked around the parish grounds with a statue of the Virgin Mary, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Fátima.

Immediately following the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, October 28th, the Saint Mary choir led the congregation outside for the procession, which lasted roughly 15 minutes. The chilly air was warmed by the energy of prayer and song, echoing into the Autumn night.

100 years of Fatima
A statue of our Blessed Mother, lit up and decorated with a flowery arrangement, soared above the center of the procession.

Back inside the church, the statue of the Virgin Mary was set at the foot of the altar as the choir sang “Bring Flowers of the Rarest.” Three children, representing the three shepherd children Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, led the congregation in placing flowers before the statue.

100 years of Fatima Saint Mary
Saint Mary parishioners approach the Fátima statue one by one to place flowers and venerate the Blessed Mother.

After placing the flowers, everyone returned to their seats as Father Raed presided over a multilingual Rosary prayer. The first and fifth Joyful Mysteries were said in English, the second in Tagalog, the third in Arabic and the fourth in Spanish.

Fatima 100
Saint Mary parishioners prepare to say the Rosary in four languages: English, Tagalog, Arabic and Spanish.

All in all, it was a beautiful evening of community and prayer, aimed at reminding everyone that the Fátima message is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. The Rosary is one of our strongest weapons against all the evil in today’s world. Let’s use it daily, as our Blessed Mother instructed.

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