20130701 Angel of Peace appears at Fatima 和平天使顯現

The Second Vatican Council and the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima are two of the most most significant events in the Church during the 20th century. Both events help to bring holiness closer to the people and remind us of the universal call to holiness. During the summer months, we will look at the story of Fatima.

 

The children who saw Our Lady in 1917 were Lucia Santos, Jacinta Marto and Francisco Marto. In 1916, the Angel of Peace appeared to the children three times and prepared them for the apparitions of Our Lady the following year.

 

Prayer of reparation

 

In the spring of 1916, an angel appeared to the children, saying, “Do not be afraid. I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me.” The angel then prostrated himself and prayed three times: “O my God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.” The children prostrated themselves and repeated the prayer.

 

The angel rose from the ground and said, “Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.” Then he disappeared.

 

Lesson on sacrifice

 

One afternoon in the summer of 1916, the children spent time in the shade of the fig trees surrounded a well. Suddenly, they saw the angel stood beside them.

 

The angel said, “What are you doing? Pray! Pray very much! The Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.”

 

Lucia asked, “How are we to make sacrifices?” The angel said, “Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country.”

 

“I am its Angel Guardian, the Angel of Portugal. Above all accept and bear with submission, the suffering which the Lord will send you.”

 

Communion of reparation

 

One day in the fall of 1916, the children were on their way, praying the Rosary and the prayer taught by the angel. The angel appeared for the third time, holding a chalice with a Host above it.

 

Leaving the Host and the chalice suspended in the air, the angel prostrated himself and prayed three times: “Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

 

The angel then raised and took the chalice and the Host. He gave the Host to Lucia and the Precious Blood from the chalice to Francisco and Jacinta. The angel said, “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Repair their crimes and console your God.”

 

Once more, the angel prostrated himself and repeated with the children three times the same prayer :Most Holy Trinity…” and then disappeared.

 

According to Lucia, the apparitions of the angel and the apparitions of Our Lady produced different effects. After the apparitions of the angel, the children experienced physical exhaustion, a sense of annihilation in the Divine Presence, and the desire to keep silence. However, the apparitions of Our Lady brought about an expansive ease of movement, a joyful exultation, and a certain communicative enthusiasm.

梵蒂崗第二次大公會議和花地瑪聖母的顯現,均屬二十世紀兩件具有重大意義的事;兩件事都帶出同一訊息:聖善臨格,普世被召成聖。而在這夏季,我們將探討花地瑪的實記。

 

1917年,三個小孩:路濟亞、雅仙達和方濟,他們在花地瑪親眼目睹聖母的顯現。但在此之前,1916年,和平天使曾給他們三人顯現,為聖母的顯現鋪路。

 

補贖祈禱

 

1916年春季,一位天使現身給三個小孩,對他們說:「你們不要害怕,我是和平天使;你們與我一起祈禱吧。」天使自己先俯伏在地,然後把祈禱經文重複三次:「我天主,我信袮、拜袮、望袮、愛袮。求袮寬恕那些不信袮、不拜袮、不望袮、不愛袮的人。」三位小童仿效,也全都俯伏在地,也同樣地重複那段經文。

 

那位天使起來,對他們說:「照著這些經文祈禱吧。耶穌和聖母的聖心,會聆聽你們的禱告。」然後隱沒了。

 

如何作犧牲

 

1916年夏季,正當三位小童在一棵無花果樹下的水井旁打發時間,他們都突然看到那位天使就在他們身旁。天使問他們說:「你們在幹什麼?祈禱、多祈禱吧!耶穌和聖母的聖心,要對你們有特別的慈恩。至高者天主不斷獻上祈禱及犧牲吧。」

 

路濟亞開口問天使說:「我們要該如何作犧牲呢?」天使回答說:「盡你所能將每一件事都作為犧牲,為罪人冒犯天主的罪作賠補,並為罪人的悔改而作祈求,這樣,你能為你的國家帶來平安。」天使續說:「我是葡萄牙的守護天使。最重要的是須心忍受天主將給你們的苦痛。」

 

補辱聖體

 

1916年秋季,三位小童在路途中,正齊唸玫瑰經和天使教的經文,天使第三次向他們顯現,手中拿著聖體和聖爵。

 

後來,聖體和聖爵一起懸空停留,天使則俯伏地上,三次祈禱著同一經文:「至聖聖三:聖父、聖子及聖神,我深切朝拜袮。我把臨在世界各地聖體龕內的耶穌的至聖聖體、聖血、靈魂及祂的天主性奉獻給袮,以賠補祂所受的輕慢、凌辱和無情的待遇。因祂的至聖聖心及瑪利亞無玷聖心的無限功勞,懇求袮使罪人皈化。」然後,天使起來,拿起聖爵和聖體:他把聖體送給路濟亞,把聖爵內的聖血,送給雅仙達和方濟,再對他們說:「領受耶穌基督的聖體聖血吧,祂深被不感恩的人侮辱了。你們為他們的罪過作出賠補,撫慰你們的天主。」

 

再一次,天使俯伏在地,與孩子們重唸先前的經文三次;之後便隱沒了。

 

據路濟亞的憶述,天使和聖母的顯現,帶給他們不一樣的感受。天使的顯現,令他們感到筋疲力盡,在天主的臨在中,有一份自我不存在的感覺,只想靜默無聲。然而,聖母的顯現,讓他們感到心胸廣闊、歡愉喜悅,一份熱衷於溝通的感覺。

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