A note to those who convey the message to the children: in the text there is a consequential logic which must be followed, therefore in the exposition please keep the order of the topics just as they are cited. According to our experience, especially when there are many children or when you are talking outdoors or when the acoustics aren’t good, we suggest that you be as concise as possible; you can leave out the apparition of the Angel and/or the example of the rosary given to explain the meaning of consecration.

Dear children, I’m going to tell you the most beautiful news in the world, are you ready to receive it? You know that in the world there is so much evil: wars, drugs, violence, diseases, families who separate, millions of children who die of starvation…Would you be happy if all these bad things came to an end? Yes?! And if this depended on you, only on you children, would you be willing to commit yourselves so that evil may disappear as soon as possible? Yes?! Well, then you’ll have to promise that you’ll listen very carefully to what I’m going to say. I’m going to tell you the story of three children like you. It’s a true story. These three children will teach you what you’ll have to do to free the world from evil and build a new world in which there will be only Love. So….


The facts I’m about to tell you happened in 1917 in Fatima, a small town in Portugal, Europe, where during that time the First World War was being fought. There were three children who lived in Fatima and they didn’t go to school because they were very poor; their names were Lucia, who was 10, Francisco, 9 and Jacinta 7. The last two children were brother and sister, Lucia’s cousins.
The things I’m telling you about were written by Lucia, in four notebooks of Memoirs, when she became an enclosed nun in Carmelo di Coimbra, in Portugal. Lucia died on February 13, 2005.
One day, while they were grazing their sheep, the three shepherd children saw a shining, almost transparent, boy about the age of 12-14 approaching them:
“Don’t be afraid – he told them – I am the Angel of peace, the Guardian Angel of Portugal; pray with me!”. It was St. Michael the Archangel, since he is the patron saint of Portugal. He appeared three times and he taught the children some prayers.

The first time, the Angel taught them a beautiful prayer and he repeated it three times kneeling down with his face to the ground: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You; I ask pardon for all those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You”. Then he urged them to pray a great deal, and said: “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications”. And he disappeared. At first the children did what the Angel told them, and prayed a lot. However, when the initial enthusiasm was over, they went back to their games as if nothing had happened.

After some time, the Angel appeared to them again, while they were playing in Lucia’s garden and scolded them, and urged them again to pray and make sacrifices: “What are you doing? Pray, pray a great deal…. Offer unceasingly prayers and sacrifices to the Most High…above all accept and bear with submission the sufferings which the Lord will send you. Children’s sacrifices are dear to the Lord: they are powerful for the conversion of bad people”.

A few months later, the Angel appeared to them a third time with in his hand a Chalice and above it a Host from which some drops of Blood fell into the Chalice. Leaving the Chalice and the Host suspended in the air, the Angel knelt down near the three children and made them repeat this prayer three times: “Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He, Himself is offended. And I draw upon the infinite merits of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that You might convert poor sinners”. Then the Angel gave the children Communion by giving them the Body and Blood of Jesus.

The Angel of Peace urged the children to make sacrifices and to pray for the conversion of sinners; to love Jesus in the Eucharist by atoning for the offences which He receives in this Sacrament. These two things became the main goal of the life of the three Shepherd children and this must be the goal of all the children in the world who want to imitate them. Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta committed themselves to making a lot of sacrifices for poor sinners: for example, they gave up their snacks in order to give them to the poor; they didn’t drink water for many days in the summer; in August, when it was very hot, they didn’t drink water for the whole month; they spent entire mornings praying with their face to the ground and repeating the prayers which the Angel had taught them.

In this way they prepared themselves for another more important encounter.


This new encounter took place on May 13, 1917, at noon, on a beautiful, sunny day. The three Shepherd children had just recited the Rosary. Suddenly they heard a noise of thunder and immediately they saw a bright light, with a beautiful Lady, brighter than the sun. The children were a bit afraid, but the Lady smiled and said in a gentle voice: “Do not be afraid, I will not harm you.”

The children then asked her some questions: “Who are you? What’s your name? Where do you come from? What do you want from us?”. The Lady answered: “I come from Heaven” and pointed with her hand to Heaven; “I want you to come here another five times, on the 13th day of every month…later I will tell you my name…”
They asked other questions which the Lady answered and in the end she asked them a question: “Are you willing to offer yourselves to God, ready to accept what He will send you, for peace in the world and for the conversion of sinners?” The salvation of the world depends on this question. The three children understood it was something important, and they remained a bit in silence. Then they answered readily: “Yes”.

The Lady smiled and continued: “well, do not be afraid of anything. God’s Grace will be your comfort”. Then she opened her arms and from her hands came forth two big rays of Light which struck the children on their chest and entered inside them: “That Light was God”, Lucia wrote in her diary.
After, the Lady started rising into the air and Her last words were: “Say the Rosary every day”.
Our Lady appeared to the children another five times, the last time on October 13 when there was the wonderful miracle of the sun.

Dear children, I can’t tell you about the other five apparitions now; I want to make you think about a few important things about this first encounter. So, Our Lady comes down from Heaven to bring Peace into the world and for the conversion of sinners.
What is Peace?(* let each child answer however he wants, almost always someone will say: it’s Love! If nobody says it, conclude saying:) Peace is Love!
What does the conversion of sinners mean? It means that bad people will become good. Now let’s reflect on these two things:
What would the world become if all bad people became good and if everyone had a lot of Love in their hearts? All bad things would disappear: wars, the construction of weapons, courts, prisons…there would no longer be people who starve, there wouldn’t be violence anymore…families wouldn’t separate anymore…everyone would smile, help each other and play together…
What would the world become?(* Usually a few children say: Heaven! If nobody says it, conclude saying:) It would become…Heaven!

And would you be happy if this happened? Yes!
And what if I told you that this depends on you children, would you be ready to do what the three Shepherd children did, by accepting the Virgin Mary’s invitation? Yes!
You see, many people think it’s impossible for the whole world to become Love. However I ask you:

“Can Our Lady tell lies?” No!
Then, do you know the prayer of the Our Father? In this prayer we ask our Father in Heaven: “Let Your kingdom …of Love…come to us…may Your will of Love be done on earth, as in Heaven…!”.
Our Lady has come to tell us that this moment has arrived: Love is finally about to come on earth…But on one condition: that you children help her to accomplish this beautiful plan of God. She came to Fatima precisely for this reason, to ask for your help, children, and for this same reason she came amongst you today.

You’re probably thinking: “But what can we children do? We’re little, we aren’t powerful, we aren’t rich, and we don’t even do good at school…”. Well, I will now tell you what Our Lady was able to do with the three children of Fatima, who were poorer than you and who didn’t even go to school and therefore they didn’t know how to read or write. I will tell you about one episode only:

On July 13, the third apparition, Our Lady told them about what would happen in the world. Amongst other things, she talked about the two great World Wars: (1915-18 and 1940-45) which in the last century devastated Europe. She said: “This World War I will soon end; but then a second war will break out, worse than this one”. Then she added: “I will save your country, Portugal, from World War II…”. Well, children: do you know that Portugal didn’t participate in World War II thanks to Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta who answered “yes” to Our Lady’s invitation. I didn’t make up these things, it’s a true story.

Now I want to ask you a question:
“Do you think Our Lady wanted to go only to those three children in Portugal or to all the children in the world?”. To all the children in the world!

“Therefore even to you?” Yes… And now I want to ask you another question:
“If with only three children Our Lady was able to save a great nation from war, what will she be able to save if she finds thousands and thousands of children who will help her?” The world!
Yes, children, that’s how it is. Padre Pio of Pietralcina, a Capuchin priest who became a saint and from whose heart were born the Nests of Prayer of the Armata Bianca, said it like this: “Children will save the world!”
Think, children: if we do everything Our Lady asked for, we will be able to save the world. But what must we do? Three things:

1st = Offer ourselves to God (what does this mean?)
2nd = Say the Rosary every day .
3rd = Make some small sacrifices .

"Do you wish to offer yourselves to God…?”

This is the first thing Our Lady asked the three Shepherd children.
You must understand what this means.

Let’s give an example that will help us: you have all received a Rosary which you now wear on your neck; this rosary used to be mine, now that I have given it to you, whose is it? “Ours!”, you answer rightly. Now, if that rosary is yours, you can do anything you want with it because it’s yours. But, if I hadn’t given it to you, what could you have done with it? “Nothing!”, you answer.
Let’s use a bit more complicated words. If we say to our Father in Heaven: “Father, I give myself to you! I offer myself to you!”, then who do we belong to?”
“To Him!...” you answer. And it’s true, because you gave yourselves to Him.
And what can our Father in Heaven do with you?
“Anything He wants to!”. That’s right, because we now belong to Him and He only wants one thing: to bring Peace into the whole world through us.

But if you say: “I’m not offering anything to our Father in Heaven, I don’t want to do what Our Lady asked me to do”; what can He do with us?”
“Nothing!”, you answer me rightly. And do you know why? Because He created us to be free and He doesn’t want to force us to do anything; He respects our freedom.

At Fatima the Virgin Mary gave the three children an invitation and they were free to accept it or refuse it. They answered “yes” and so they were able to save their Country from war. If they had answered “no”, what would have happened to Portugal?
“It would have made war!”. Do you see how powerful you are, children?
Did you understand? Yes? Well, now, if Our Lady asked you for help in order to save the world, is there anyone here present who would be willing to help Her? Who? (*Give an example by raising your hand) I’m one of them. Who else? Who will raise their hand? Everyone?

Well, now I will give you the same invitation that Our Lady gave the three children of Fatima: “Do you wish to offer yourselves to God, ready to accept everything He wishes to send you, for Peace in the world and for the conversion of sinners…”; then I will add: “…for the Pope and for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary?”. Whoever wants to help Her will say his “yes” in a loud voice. O.K.?
First of all, lets consecrate ourselves to the Angel of Peace – St. Michael the Archangel – with this little prayer: “My brother, give me your hand and bring me to God!”. Let’s say it together: “My brother…”.

Let’s all join our hands in prayer and close our eyes. Everyone ask himself if he wants to say this “yes” to God with his whole heart. Let’s spend a few moments in silence (*20-30 seconds). Are you ready?

My little brothers and sisters, I ask you in the name of our Mother who needs your help (*With a clear voice, pronouncing the words well): do you wish to offer yourselves to God, ready to accept everything He wishes to send you, for peace in the world, for the conversion of sinners, for the Pope and for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

No, I don’t like it. I want a “yes” that comes right from your heart; a powerful “yes”, which must break through Heaven and let lots of Love come down upon the earth… A “yes” which will make hell tremble!
So let’s try it again and this will be the right one. Let’s remain in silence again. Remember that this is the most important “yes” of your life, from which depends the salvation of all mankind.

Let’s all join our hands in prayer and close our eyes. Everyone ask himself if he really wants to answer yes with all his heart.



Now let’s remain in silence a bit more, keeping our eyes closed and our hands joined; let’s ask Mary to open her hands, as she did at Fatima, and let all of God’s Love come upon us and upon the whole world. (*Pause 20-30 seconds).

And now, children, let me tell you something on behalf of our Mother. Do you know what she is saying to you? She says “Thank you! Thank you for having accepted my invitation!”.

Now I will teach you two little consecration prayers, which you must always repeat during the day: one to our Mother in Heaven: “Mother, I give you my heart and will for eternity, save humanity”, and one to our Father in Heaven: “My Father, good Father, I offer and give myself to You!” Let’s say it together, in a loud voice.

Thank you children, thank you on behalf of our Father in Heaven and Mary. Thank you also on my behalf.

Now we will give you a leaflet which explains how to say the rosary(the teachers or accompanying persons distribute the leaflets).

How to say the Rosary

First of all I will explain to you what the Rosary is and what it is used for. The Rosary is Mary’s weapon to destroy evil.
The Rosary is a weapon (that’s how Padre Pio of Pietralcina used to call it). What are weapons used for? To kill. Well, the Rosary is the only weapon in the world which doesn’t kill man, but kills… (*sin, evil…let the children come up with it).

If many of us use this weapon, we will form a big ARMY; a WHITE Army, because white is the colour of Peace, the colour of purity, the colour of innocence. This will be the only Army in the world which doesn’t make war, but makes Peace; which won’t create hatred, but Love.
All the children in the world who will say the Rosary every day, alone or by forming small prayer groups – THE NESTS OF PRAYER OF THE ARMATA BIANCA – with their family, relatives and friends, will be part of Our Lady’s Armata Bianca. You will find on the leaflet we gave you how a Nest of Prayer is formed. Now let’s see how to say the Rosary.

Do you all have a rosary? Do you all have the leaflet with the mysteries of the Rosary? Good, open it. At the top we read: “The Holy Rosary” and underneath what is written? Joyful Mysteries, then Mysteries of Light, Sorrowful Mysteries and lastly Glorious Mysteries.
What are “mysteries”? They are the most important moments in Jesus and Mary’s life: the joyful mysteries are the mysteries of joy which let us meditate on the first years of Jesus’ life; the mysteries of light on the most important events of His public life; the sorrowful mysteries on His passion and death; the glorious mysteries on His resurrection and Jesus and Mary’s  triumph into Heaven.
Beside the joyful mysteries, what is written in brackets? –“Monday and Saturday!”.
Beside the mysteries of Light what is written? – “Thursday”.
Beside the sorrowful mysteries what is written? – “Tuesday and Friday!”.
Beside the glorious mysteries what is written? – “Wednesday and Sunday”.
This means that there are 20 mysteries of the Rosary, which should all be recited every day, all 20 of them. However, if you can’t say all of them, you must say at least the ones for that specific day. For example: on Thursdays which mysteries do we say?- “The Mysteries of Light!”. And on Saturdays? The Joyful Mysteries! Good.

Let’s give an example: what day is it today? (*the children answer) Which mysteries do we say? (*the children answer). Good, now let’s read what is written in the first mystery and say: “In the first joyful mystery we contemplate (that is, we mediate on) the annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary”. Good, now fold the leaflet and put it in your pocket.

To start reciting the Rosary, let’s make the sign of the cross together, but let’s do it well, a nice wide and slow sign: “In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”. Now let’s put the Rosary which we have around our necks in our hands – with these two fingers which work like tweezers (show them the index finger and the thumb united) – let’s hold the small medal and say: “In the first Joyful mystery (*or Luminous, Sorrowful, Glorious…) we contemplate…

Now let’s say the Our Father. The row on the right will say the first half with me and the row on the left will say the other half (or, if you prefer, I will say the first half and you’ll say the second half): Our Father who art in Heaven
Now take the first bead after the medal, not the one that goes to the Crucifix, but the one inside the circle, and let’s say the Hail Mary together.
Now take the second bead, and hold it tight until we finish the second Hail Mary: then the third one…Now I won’t tell you anymore, let’s see who can count them all until the end of the decade…(* when you get to the second last Hail Mary ask the children: How many are left? – One! – Very good!)

Now, children, take the big bead in your hand and let’s say together: “Glory to the Father…”
Now, always holding the big bead, let’s recite a prayer which the Virgin Mary taught the children of Fatima on July 13, after she showed them hell. You will find it on the leaflet, open it and go to the second column, where it is written “Our Father”..; underneath “Hail Mary…”; and still underneath “Glory to the Father…”, and more underneath “Oh My Jesus…”. Let’s read this prayer together, slowly:

“Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy”.

Now we have recited the first decade of the Rosary. We’ll stop here, but after you will finish the rosary on your own. To continue saying the Rosary you must announce the second mystery and – always holding the big bead – say the Our Father. Then you say the other ten Hail Marys…

Children, remember that to say the Rosary it takes just 15 minutes, that is about the hundredth part of the day… If you had 100 candies and I asked you for one, would you give it to me? Yes? Well, the Virgin Mary is just asking you for the hundredth part of your day…


The three Shepherd children at Fatima used to make a lot of sacrifices; do we want to make one too, so that Peace will come as soon as possible? Yes?! Good, I will tell you what sacrifice Our Lady wants from you. Get ready because it is very hard, very difficult:
Our Lady asks you not to watch TV! And she explained why: “Television –she said – is destroying your minds and your hearts! You are no longer able to reason freely because television confuses you with so much violence, lies, false values, bad examples and a lack of true love!”
I invite you to make this sacrifice for at least a week! However, it would be a good idea for you to renew this resolution from week to week. Is there anyone who is willing to make this sacrifice? Yes?
Good, thank you for this too. And I remind you that the more a sacrifice costs you, the more value it has.

Thank you children. Thank you on behalf of our Mommy and Daddy in Heaven; thank you also on my behalf.


Before we leave, do we want to send a little kiss to Mary? Yes? Well, let’s try… and now let’s give an applause and sing a song to Our Lady (*before the encounter decide on the song with the teachers)


(It is advised to gather pre-school children into small groups)

Little children, good morning to all of you! I am… (*say your name), do you know who this Lady is? (*pointing to the statue of Mary) Who is it?
-“Mary!” – And who is Mary?
- “The Mother of Jesus!” – That’s true. But whose mother is it also?
- “Ours!” – Only you children’s or even grown ups’?
- “Even grown ups!”
- Is She also the Mother of those who do bad things, who steal, who kill….?
- “Yes!... “No!...” (*let the children answer).
- I see that we don’t all agree…; now I will explain something important to you: all people, big and small, good and bad, we all belong to one big family of which God is the Father, Mother Mary is the Mother, Jesus is the big brother and all of us are brothers and sisters.
As in all big families, in the big human family there is a child who misbehaves, who does bad things. The mommy and daddy always love him, even if he’s bad. But when you misbehave, are your mommy and daddy happy? – “Nooooo!”
- Of course not, because mommies and daddies always want their children to be… “…Good!” (*Let the children answer).

- Well, now I will tell you a very important story, I will tell it to you like a fairy tale, but it’s a true story which began in Heaven. What is Heaven like? (*Let the children answer)“It’s blue!... It’s white!...”
- It’s true, the sky is blue, when there are clouds it is white or grey, but behind the colour blue or white there is a wonderful world which is called… (*Let the children answer)“Heaven!”. It’s a very beautiful world, in some ways it’s like earth: there are a lot of flowers, there’s always a marvellous sun… But most of all it is beautiful because in Heaven everyone is good and everyone loves each other: nobody yells, nobody does bad things, nobody is lonely. They always play and they always smile…

The story I’m about to tell you took place there in Heaven… Where does Mother Mary live? (*Let the children answer)“In Heaven!”
- And who else lives in Heaven? (*Let the children answer)“Jesus…, God the Father…, the Angels…, the Saints….”
- And where do our relatives who die go? (*Let the children answer)“To Heaven!”.

One day Mother Mary was walking in the marvellous garden of Heaven and she met God… Who is God? (*Let the children answer, if no one says it, suggest… “God is our…”)“Father!”
-… and Mary saw that our Father in Heaven was very sad, and said to Him: - Dearest father, why are you so sad? We all love you…And the Father in Heaven answered: -Yes, it’s true, here in Heaven you are all good and you love me so much; but I have so many other children who live on… (*Let the children answer)“earth!”.

-Among these children, some are good, especially children; but amongst the grown ups there are many who don’t love me, who insult me, do bad things, steal, hurt their brothers and kill each other with lots of violence and wars…. How can I be happy with so many bad children, who risk going to hell?

Mother Mary started to cry and said to her Daddy in Heaven: - Father, I don’t want to see you suffer… If you allow me, I will go down to earth and I will make all men become good; I promise. Our Father in Heaven smiled to little Mary and said to her: - Alright, go down to earth, but it won’t be easy, because many people won’t welcome you and won’t listen to you… thank you for what you’ll be able to do.

Mary came down to earth, but nobody recognized her, she looked like a normal mother. She went where her most naughty children were and tried to convince them to become good.

She approached some boys who were hitting each other, saying bad words and disobeying their parents and told them: - My children, why do you do these bad things? Why don’t you behave? – And they answered Her: - We aren’t little, we’re big and we can do whatever we like. We don’t want to listen to you.

She came to a town where there was a terrible war. There were so many soldiers who were shooting each other with guns – with real guns! – and they were killing each other… And Mother Mary said to them: - My children, why are you killing each other? Why don’t you make peace and love each other, play together and help each other… But they answered: - We’re big, now we have weapons and we want to kill each other. We don’t want to listen to you!

Poor Mother Mary! Poor Mother of ours in Heaven! She was so tired that she stopped a bit to rest; she cried and said: - These children of mine don’t want to listen to me. I can’t take it anymore! I promised my Father in Heaven to make them become good, but I can’t do it by myself. I must find someone who can help me… And who could it be?

(*At this point the children start saying: - “Jesus!” And you answer them: - But Jesus was up in Heaven…; “God…”. – But He was in Heaven too – “The Angels…”. But the Angels were in Heaven too…). The Virgin Mary needed someone who could help her here on earth… Who could it be?... Who could she ask for help?

She started walking and walking, and one day she saw three children who were looking after their sheep. They were three children a bit older than you, their names were Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta… Mother Mary saw these three children and thought: - Children! Grown ups don’t want to listen to me and don’t want to help me, but I wonder…maybe children will help me!

Suddenly the children saw a big light and, in the middle of this light, a beautiful Lady, brighter than the sun. They were a big afraid…, but the Lady reassured them with these words: - Children, don’t be… (*Let the children continue) “…afraid!”, I don’t want to…. (*Let the children continue) “hurt you”.

The children gained confidence and started to ask this beautiful Lady many questions: - Who are you? What’s your name? Where do you come from? What do you want from us?. And the Lady answered: - I come from Heaven…I am the Mother of Jesus and of all men.. I have come because I want to make all people good, but by myself I cannot… (*Let the children continue) “…do it!”. I have come to ask for your help!... Do you want to help me make everyone become good?
The three children thought about it for a while, and then they said with all their heart: - Of course we will help you!

The Mother in Heaven did a lot of beautiful things with those three children, which we will tell you about when you go to elementary school. But I have to tell you something very important: Mother Mary told me this morning: - In this school there are a lot of children…let’s go and see if amongst them there is someone willing to help me, as the three children of Fatima did. I can’t go on.
And I came here. Now I ask you:

-Is anyone of you willing to help Mother Mary? Whoever wants to help her raise their hand! (*Raise your hand to give a good example…)
-“Me…, me…, me…, me…”.
-Good, now put your hands down and answer what I will ask you: “Do we want to help our Mother in Heaven to make everyone good? – “Yessss!”
-Do we want to give ourselves to our Father in Heaven to console Him for all the sufferings His bad children cause Him? – “Yessss!”.
Good, now I will teach you some short prayers. The first is to our Father in Heaven: -“Father, I give myself to you!”. Let’s repeat it all together: “FATHER, I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU!”.
The second prayer is to our Mother in Heaven: “Mother, I give myself to You!” Let’s repeat it all together: “MOTHER, I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU!”. The last prayer is to our Angel: “My brother, hold my hand and bring me to God”. Let’s repeat it toget her: “MY BROTHER, HOLD MY HAND AND BRING ME TO GOD!”

Now I invite you to give Mother Mary a kiss. Do we want to give it to her? Yes? So let’s send her this kiss… No, that’s not good… you have to blow the kiss, otherwise she won’t receive it… Do as I do, with a blow… That’s good… but we made a little mess: these kisses arrived all together, and our Mother in Heaven doesn’t know who sent them to her. Do we want to send our kisses one at a time, so that she will remember who sent them to her? “This kiss is from John…, this one is from Mary… this one is from Anthony…” Do we want to try? Yes?

Good, so let’s get into a line and one at a time give a kiss to Mother Mary, saying the little prayer we learnt: - “MOTHER, I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU!”.


(*You must be very careful because children often get confused in saying this prayer, which must be repeated until they have pronounced it correctly.
Also, it often happens that not all children are willing to give the kiss and pronounce the short Consecration formula: there’s always someone who refuses: this is a confirmation of the Consecration’s validity).

End with a song and a goodbye to Mother Mary