Fatima. Apparition of Our Lady. 13 October 1917. The Miracle.
On Saturday, 13 October 1917, was the sixth and last Apparition of Our Lady in Fatima. Our Lady came and said that She is Our Lady of Rosary, and asked to continue to say the Rosary every day. She said that the war will end soon and the soldiers will return to their homes. Then Our Lady went up into the sky. As She ascended, the reflection of her own light continued to be projected on the sun itself.
It was at this precise moment that the crowd could contemplate the extraordinary spectacle of the Fatima “dance of the sun”. There were between fifty and seventy thousand people at the Cova da Iria. The whole population of Portugal was represented there. All of them witnessed this extraordinary reality of the solar miracle.
From the Fourth Memoir (1941-12-08)
13 October 1917
We left home quite early, expecting that we would be delayed along the way. Masses of people thronged the roads. The rain fell in torrents. My mother, her heart torn with uncertainty as to what was going to happen, and fearing it would be the last day of my life, wanted to accompany me. On the way, the scenes of the previous month, still more numerous and moving, were repeated. Not even the muddy roads could prevent these people from kneeling in the most humble and suppliant of attitudes. We reached the holmoak in the Cova da Iria. Once there, moved by an interior impulse, I asked the people to shut their umbrellas and say the Rosary. A little later, we saw the flash of light, and then Our Lady appeared on the holmoak.
— Your Grace, what do you want of me?
— I want to tell you that a chapel is to be built here in my honour. I am the Lady of the Rosary. Continue always to pray the Rosary every day. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes.
— I have many things to ask you: the cure of some sick persons, the conversion of sinners, and other things…
— Some yes, but not others. They must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins.
Looking very sad, Our Lady said:
— Do not offend the Lord our God any more, because He is already so much offended.
Then, opening her hands, she made them reflect on the sun, and as she ascended, the reflection of her own light continued to be projected on the sun itself.
Here, Your Excellency, is the reason why I cried out to the people to look at the sun. My aim was not to call their attention to the sun, because I was not even aware of their presence. I was moved to do so under the guidance of an interior impulse.
After Our Lady had disappeared into the immense distance of the firmament, we beheld St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady robed in white with a blue mantle, beside the sun. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus appeared to bless the world, for they traced the Sign of the Cross with their hands. When, a little later, this apparition disappeared, I saw Our Lord and Our Lady; it seemed to me that it was Our Lady of Dolours. Our Lord appeared to bless the world in the same manner as St. Joseph had done. This apparition also vanished, and I saw Our Lady once more, this time resembling Our Lady of Carmel.