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First Apparition - Our Lady of Fatima

Last edited 13th May 2015

First Apparition - Our Lady of Fatima

May 13 1917 was a beautiful Sunday in Portugal’s rugged Serra de Aire uplands. Sunshine bathed the olive groves. The fresh green of Springtime in the meadows and olive groves contrasted with the vivid red of poppy flowers. The happy voices of three children playing as they watched over their families’ flocks rang out in the clear air.

Suddenly, there was a rumble of distant thunder. Instinctively, the three children gathered their sheep to move the flock to the shelter of a small cave further downhill. As they raced to their task more thunder peeled and a flash of what appeared to be lightening frightened them. Then second flash followed, which seemed much closer than the first. “A lady dressed in white, more brilliant than the sun, radiating a light that was clearer and more intense than a crystal cup filled with water and struck through by the fiery rays of the sun…”


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