Twenty Saturdays Devotion
It begins twenty Saturdays preceding the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, 7th October.
Our Lady Queen of Rosary blesses those who practice the 20 Saturdays Devotion with special favours, as evidenced by numerous testimonies.
The devotion of celebrating 15 Saturdays, approved by the Church and endowed with indulgences, dates back to France and dates back to the 17th century. The service was initiated by the Dominicans. This devotion spread all over the world mainly thanks to Bl. Bartola Longo, whose special charism was based on the inspiration he heard in the depths of his heart: “Whoever spreads this rosary is saved”. He showed an effective way for all those in need who asked for his prayerful intercession: “Do you want to receive grace? Hold the service on 15 Saturdays. ” On October 16, 2002, Pope John Paul II introduced the Luminous Mysteries. Since then, the service has been held on 20 Saturdays. The Twenty Saturdays Devotion was endowed with a plenary indulgence instituted by Pope Pius IX and countless partial indulgences.
The practice of Twenty Saturdays includes participation in the Eucharist (confession and Holy Communion are necessary for full participation) and meditation. We also are invited to deepen each Saturday by the recitation of the entire rosary or at least one part.
During the Twenty-Saturday Devotion, there are the first five Saturdays in compensation for the sins of the world that Our Lady asks for in Fatima in her appearance to Sister Lucia.
The uniqueness of the Twenty Saturdays rosary services can be assessed by looking at the rosary as a prayer most dear to Mary, beloved by saints, favoured by the popes, widespread among the nations, confirmed by God Himself with amazing miracles and great promises of the Blessed Virgin.