Monday of the 7th week of Eastertide

Acts 19:1-8; Psalm 67(68):2-7; John 16:29-33

Today is also an optional feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Many thousands of pilgrims make their way each year to Fatima, and some aspects of their journey were reported in the documentary series 'Pilgrimage' from BBC recently - well worth a look if you have time.

  This feast commemorates the visions of Our Lady seen near Fátima in Portugal in 1917 by three shepherd children, Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The visions occurred on the 13th day of each month from May to October, and by October huge crowds were gathering at the site of the visions and reporting visions and miraculous occurrences themselves.
  Pope John Paul II was devoted to Our Lady of Fátima and attributed his survival of an assassin’s bullet on 13 May 1981 to her intervention. Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who died in the great Spanish Flu pandemic of 1919-20, were beatified on 13 May 2000.
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