This is one in a series about the Fatima centennial.
By the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The final apparition of the Angel of Portugal in 1916 to the children of Fatima gives us a model of the reverence we should have for the Eucharist. The angel shows them – and us – how necessary it is that we offer our reception of the Eucharist in reparation for the sacrileges and offenses by which Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament is offended.
The three Fatima children, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia took to heart urgency of the Angel of Portugal’s message during his first two visits. They prayed much for peace, for the conversion of sinners, and the intention of making reparation. They frequently prayed the prayers taught by the angel while shepherding their parents’ sheep.
A considerable amount of time had passed when the angel visited the children the third time. They were in the fields with the sheep praying as usual – prostrate on the ground – when an intense light surrounded them. When they looked up, they saw the angel holding a chalice with a Host suspended above the chalice, and from the Host a few drops of blood fell. The angel knelt down, lay prostrate on the ground, while the chalice and Host remained suspended in the air. Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia imitated the Angel and lay prostrate, repeating the prayer of the angel.
“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, 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 indifference with which he himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of his most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of you the conversion of poor sinners.”
After three repetitions, the angel stood up, took the chalice and Host into his hands, gave the Host to Lucia and the chalice to Jacinta and Francisco, and said:
“Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.”
The angel again lay prostrate and repeated the prayer three times. The children’s hearts were filled to the brim with Jesus; they had received their first Holy Communion from the Angel. As we, and those families whose children are about to receive their First Holy Communion, prepare to receive the Eucharist we can remember the message of the Angel of Portugal and the generous and loving response of the children, taking it as a model for our own reception of Holy Communion.
Receiving the Blessed Sacrament with reverence and a spirit of reparation, as the Angel taught the children, makes restitution for the sins committed against the Eucharist, consoling the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and making amends for sacrileges and outrages committed against It.
Remembering how the angel taught the children to revere and receive the Eucharist is a model for us all.

Want to visit Fatima and Lourdes?
Father Michael Schemm is leading a trip to Spain, Lourdes, and Fatima Oct. 4-15. For more information about the trip, call 800-842-4842 or email

Statue to stop in diocese
The International Virgin Pilgrim Statue will visit Wichita for several days in May. On Sunday May 7, the statue will be housed at the Our Lady of Fatima shrine, located on the motherhouse property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Wichita in Colwich. (See ad on page 9 of the print edition.)