The Miracle of the Sun was an event which occurred on 13 October 1917, reportedly attended by 30,000 to 100,000 people gathered near Fatima, Portugal. Several newspaper reporters were in attendance and they took testimony from many people who claimed to have witnessed extraordinary solar activity.
According to these reports, the event lasted approximately ten minutes. The three children who originally claimed to have seen Our Lady of Fatima also reported seeing a panorama of visions, including those of Jesus, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and of Saint Joseph blessing the people.
The event was officially accepted as a miracle by the Catholic Church on 13 October 1930. On 13 October 1951, the papal legate, Cardinal Tedeschini, told the million people gathered at Fátima that on 30 October, 31 October, 1 November, and 8 November 1950, Pope Pius XII himself witnessed the miracle of the sun from the Vatican gardens.
Let us heed our Lady’s message today!
In Fatima’s cove on the thirteenth of May; the Virgin Maria appeared at mid-day.
R./ Ave! Ave! Ave! Maria! Ave! Ave! Ave! Maria!
The world was then suffering from war, plague, and strife, and Portugal mourned for her great loss of life.
To three little shepherds Our Lady appeared, The light of her grace – to her Son souls endeared.
To those little shepherds – a message she gave, A message, if heeded, the whole world would save.
With sweet Mother’s pleading, she asked us to pray, do penance, be modest, the Rosary each day.
We all must remember our Lady’s request, do all that she asks for, obey her bequests.
She warned of behavior from which we must turn, of thoughts, words, and actions which Christians must spurn.
To her sad, sweet pleading our promise is made, that God’s Law in all things be strongly obeyed.
From nation to nation her fair name is praised, as souls from sin’s bondage are contritely raised.
Our thanks to the Godhead, whose ways are so sure, for giving us Mary, our Mother Most Pure.
Hail, Refuge of sinners! Hail, Star of the Sea!
Hail, Queen of Creation! Our hope is in thee.
October the thirteenth, the sun in the sky did move place to place and the people did cry.
Ninety-nine years later, may we not forget, the message our Lady has sent us still yet. Grant, then, Lord, we pray thee, to follow thy Son with Holy Maria ’til our days are done. Praise, then, to the Father who sent us His Son, to the Son, incarnate, who the battle won! And to the Holy Ghost may we ever sing all praises, forever, may our voices ring!