An Act of Reparation From the Angel of Fatima

In Reparation for Sacrilege and for the Conversion of Sinners

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This Act of Reparation was taught to the three shepherd children to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared between May 13, 1917, and October 13, 1917. The Act of Reparation was revealed to them by an angel, who asked them to recite this prayer.

An Act of Reparation From the Angel of Fatima

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore You profoundly and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.

An Explanation of the Act of Reparation From the Angel of Fatima

Both the Blessed Virgin Mary and the angel of Fatima, when they appeared to the three shepherd children, expressed their concern that Christians were falling away from the Catholic Faith. This Act of Reparation is a way for the person praying it to express sorrow through his own action for the damage to the Faith being done by others. As the priest at Mass offers the Body and Blood of Christ as the re-presentation of the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, we offer in this prayer the Body of Christ, reserved in the tabernacles of churches throughout the world, and we ask God to grant sinners the grace to convert to the True Faith not through our merits but through those of Christ and His Blessed Mother.

Definitions of Words Used in the Act of Reparation From the Angel of Fatima

Holy Ghost: another name for the Holy Spirit, less commonly used today than in the past

Adore: to worship or venerate someone or something; in this case, the Holy Trinity

Profoundly: extremely; to a great extent

Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity: a reference to the Holy Eucharist, in which Christ is truly present as both true God and true Man under the appearances of bread and wine 

Tabernacle: a sanctuary in which holy things are kept; in this case, the container in a Catholic church in which the consecrated Host is reserved

Reparation: making amends, repairing damage done by wrongs committed by oneself or, in this case, by others

Outrages: actions or events that evoke anger or shock

Sacrilege: the misuse of something sacred, usually intentionally 

Indifference: uninterest, a lack of concern; in this case, a sense that the Blessed Sacrament means little or nothing

Offended: to have displeased someone; in this case, Christ, Who nonetheless cannot be injured by our offense

Merits: good deeds or virtuous actions that are pleasing in God's sight

Sacred Heart: represented as a physical heart, which serves as a symbol of His humanity, the Sacred Heart of Jesus represents Christ's love for all mankind

Immaculate Heart: the heart of Mary, called immaculate because she was conceived without Original Sin and remained free from sin throughout her life

Poor: deserving of pity