JORDAN– The parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrated the centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, on Saturday May 13, 2017, in the presence of many faithful.
To mark the anniversary of the apparitions to the small shepherds of Fatima, the faithful were invited to pray the rosary before entering the liturgy of the Mass celebrated by the Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan, Bishop William Shomali, and concelebrated by Father Rifat Bader, Parish priest, Father Ibrahim Naffa and Father Zuhair Kiki.
During his homily, Bishop Shomali recalled the historical context in which the apparitions took place: a context marked by the First World War and the death of millions of people from poverty, hunger, misery… It was in the course of these very disturbing events that the Blessed Virgin, addressing three young shepherds from the small village of Fatima (Portugal), Lucie, Jacinta and Francisco, called for the conversion of hearts by penance and prayer, especially that of the rosary. Bishop Shomali further stressed the importance of confession, the Eucharist and consecration to the Sacred Heart of Mary on the first Saturday of each month, referring to the request of the Blessed Virgin to the children.
At the end of the Mass, the faithful, each with a lighted candle, followed in procession the statue of the Virgin of Fatima in the garden of the parish where, two years ago, a shrine of Lourdes was built. It’s the first sanctuary in Jordan dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.