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Join Apparition Chapel 'Terço' w/ Pope Francis for WYD | JMJ. Padre Nuno teaches the "Hail Mary" in Continental Portuguese. Vatican Digital Toolkit for tomorrow's event embedded in this handy post.

The Holy Father leads children in Rosary prayers at the Sanctuary of Fátima on First Saturday 5 agosto. Invitation video from Cardinal D. António Marto. Link to online devotion at Holy Rosary.


“Humility is like a pair of scales: the lower one side falls, the higher rises the other. Let us humble ourselves like the Blessed Virgin and we shall be exalted.”

On the Way of the Cross, you see, my children, only the first step is painful. Our greatest cross is the fear of crosses. . . We have not the courage to carry our cross, and we are very much mistaken; for, whatever we do, the cross holds us tight – we cannot escape from it. What, then, have we to lose? Why not love our crosses, and make use of them to take us to heaven?”

ST. JEAN VIANNEY, pray for us


The above video contains two approaches to learning the Avé Maria in Portuguese.

  1. Padre Nuno recites the Avé Maria in the first segment. This will be repeated 13 times in the Decade Rosary which will be released by August 15/22.

  2. Padre Nuno sings in procession the Avé Maria in the second segment to ensure repetition of the words by the listener. The sung version emphasizes the sounds of Portuguese in different way, strengthening attention to certain sounds that wouldn’t otherwise be emphasized outside the context of sung lyrics.

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Dear Readers:

It was very exciting for the RHP team to download the Missal for World Youth Day and find a treasure: some of us want to call it the Vatican’s Digital Toolkit for Papa Francisco’s WYD Terço!

In today’s post, we have embedded that segment of the Terço found in the Missal, and which will be prayed at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima in Portuguese as part of the WYD | JMJ programme of events.

The Terço (pronounced, “teir-su”, or “tehr-soo”) will be led by the Holy Father and organizers at the Chapel of the Apparitions, that spot where Our Lady of the Rosary appeared to 3 shepherd children on the 13th of the month, from May to October 1917 (with the exception of August, when she appeared on August 15), to deliver messages from Heaven to St. Jacinta, St. Francisco, and Venerable Lúcia. They were shown the Miracle of the Sun, but also the vision of Hell, the vision of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and then given the urgent request to pray the Rosary every day for peace in the world:


Cardinal D. António Marto reiterates this message in his invitation for all to “come to Fátima to speak privately, heart to heart, with Our Lady by praying the Rosary” with Pope Francis.

If you cannot travel to Fátima, join in prayer of the Terço by bookmarking the Livestream direct from the Sanctuary website and sharing it with others.

Terço, btw, in Portugal refers to 1/3 of the Rosary. Here is the math for those new to this concept:

  • 15 mysteries divided by 3 equals 5 decades;

  • 5 decades is 1/3 of the Rosary (in a pre-luminous mysteries calculation, that is). This segment prayed is so-named the “Terço”.

Thus, in Portugal, the word “Rosary” is not as commonly used: the locals refer to this devotion to Nossa Senhora as the “Terço”, and this occurs generally 30-45 minutes before the Holy Mass.

In fact, if you are somewhere in Portugal and start to inquire about where to pray “the Rosary”, your request might not be understood, at first!

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The arrival of Pope Francis at Fátima to pray the Rosary invites all who watch this Live broadcast around the world, in a sense, to meet Jesus through the Mother of God. It also invites those reading this Newsletter to be ready to explain to others what the prayer of the Rosary is, and insofar as is possible, to explore together “the Why” behind this prayer so to increase devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

«Rezai, rezai muito», foi a recomendação que o Anjo e Nossa Senhora fizeram aos Pastorinhos. Aqui reunidos, como Igreja orante, unidos de forma especial, ao santo Padre Francisco e às sua intenções, vamos rezar o terço, meditanto os mistérios gozosos.


«Pray, pray much», was the recommendation that the Angel and Our Lady made to the Little Shepherds. Here gathered as a praying Church, united in a special way to the Holy Father Pope Francis and his intentions, let us pray the Rosary, meditating on the Joyful Mysteries.

The First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary

  • Note, that in Fátima, as in the toolkit created with the Spiritual Direction of Pe. Nuno, the Rosary in Portugal or the Terço begins with the centrepiece on the Rosary beads, leaving the pendant segment (the beads affixed to the Crucifix) to the end of the Terço.1

NOTE: In Portugal, the congregation stands up for the entirety of the first decade (page 50) of the Terço.


At the beginning of today’s post, Padre Nuno teaches the Avé Maria. Since this prayer will be repeated 50 + 3 (53) times during Pope Francis’s Terço, we thought we would post a review lesson to the Rosary Hour Podcast to encourage readers to experience tomorrow what it is like to pray in the language of St. Jacinta, St. Francisco, and Venerable Lúcia.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel ready to pray in Portuguese, try helping someone you know (who happens to see or hear about this event on the news) to brush-up on how-to-pray the first decade of the Rosary. Maybe if you carry a Rosary with you this summer, you can tell others what is. Try answering their questions, and sharing some resources that you find helpful.2

3rd and 4th Mysteries of the Terço at Fátima with Papa Francisco

5th mystery + Concluding prayers

  • After Pope Francis and the children finish the fifth mystery of the Rosary, jump to page 55 for the concluding prayers which are uttered while standing.

  • NOTE: The three Hail Marys will be prayed with three intentions:

    • to pray for the world;

    • to pray for the conversion of sinners

    • to pray for the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

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  • The Final Prayer may likely be sung in Latin. Here is our RHP music lesson:

How to Participate in this Terço from home:

  • Parishes are invited to ask parishioners to invite their congregations to pray a Rosary for pilgrims to WYD / JMJ in Lisbon.

  • Visit someone you know who is sick / homebound / alone. Offer to pray the Rosary with them during this Livestream, or watch the replay together.

  • Share resources that might inspire ways to create interest in this devotion. Parents might like to review the Story of Fátima located in the Digital Toolkit for Rosary Leaders and in Venerable Lúcia’s Memoir in this previous post [CLICK HERE].

BENDIZIONE: The Holy Father ends in Latin.

MORE JMJ | WYD NOTES: CLICK-TO-PRAY has the following document to assist pilgrims in praying the Rosary at World Youth Day.

REPOST: The Rector of the Shrine invites pilgrims to pray with Pope Francis in Fatima on 5 August

One month before Pope Francis' visit to Fatima for World Youth Day (WYD), the Rector of the Shrine of Fatima invites all pilgrims to come to Fatima on Saturday morning, 5 August, to pray with the Holy Father.

“We are one month away from the Holy Father’s visit to the Shrine of Fatima. We had great pleasure and joy in receiving Pope Francis on the occasion of the Centenary of the Apparitions, and we will receive him again soon with equal satisfaction in the context of World Youth Day. We are preparing everything to welcome him well, and we want the Shrine to be full to receive him,” said Father Carlos Cabecinhas in a message to the pilgrims this Wednesday morning.

“We want the Shrine to receive him well, with many pilgrims. Therefore, I invite you to come and pray with him. Closer to him, praying in the Little Chapel, there will be young sick people and young prisoners. They will pray with the Pope, but we are also invited to pray with him here in the Shrine. We are counting on you,” said the Rector.

Pope Francis will arrive at the Shrine of Fatima on Saturday, 5 August, at 9 a.m. and will pray in the Chapel of the Apparitions. The Pontiff will cross the Prayer Area in the popemobile and go to the Chapel of the Apparitions where young sick people, who will not be able to attend WYD in Lisbon and some young prisoners will be waiting for him. After praying the Rosary, the Pope will address the pilgrims and then leave for Lisbon.

Although the programme will be short, it will be intense and full of meaning, since Pope Francis will be coming to Cova da Iria as he has wanted to do since the announcement of the WYD in Lisbon. The Argentinean Pope, who canonised the first two saints of Fatima - Francisco and Jacinta Marto - in 2017, has always said in statements to the Portuguese bishops and to journalists that he would go to the Portuguese capital and would not fail to stop in Fatima.

To welcome the Holy Father and all the young people who will travel to Lisbon, and who will pass through Fatima, either as a prelude to WYD or in the days following the event, the Shrine of Fatima is organising a series of initiatives to offer them a great experience of the place and of the event that gave birth to it.

In addition to the “Youth Village”, which will welcome the young people and provide them with accommodation (in the form of a cantonment and a camping site) and food, the Shrine has defined six Pilgrimage Routes to reach Fatima on foot, based on the existing pilgrimage itineraries, duly signposted. Each route has a theme linked to the message of Fatima and has a church as its starting point. There is also a Young Pilgrim's Itinerary, for a prayerful, spiritual and cultural experience in the space of the Shrine of Fatima, which will lead them to know better the apparitions of Fátima, the spirituality of the seers and the architectural and artistic heritage of the Shrine. The maps of these itineraries, which are valid individually or as complementary parts of a complete route, are available in the seven official languages of the Shrine, in printed form from dispensers at the entrances to the Shrine and in digital format, accessible through the official website of the Shrine of Fatima and through a QR code.

Thematic workshops will also be proposed to the groups visiting the Shrine, focusing on fundamental themes of the Christian faith that are central to the message of Fatima:

  • Adoration, the Immaculate Heart, the Rosary and the Sacrifice.

There will be 4 daily sessions at

  • 10:00 am

  • 2:00 pm

  • 4:30 pm

  • 5:30 pm, each lasting 25 minutes.

Some of the celebrations will also be adapted according to the needs of each day, between 24 July and 10 August.

© 2023 Shrine of Fatima, REPOSTED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY TO PROMOTE THE SHRINE and its programme to our subscribers as a SACRED SPACE to PRAY THE ROSARY and the HOLY MASS in PORTUGAL.


Our readers are familiar with this monthly opportunity to JOIN IN PRAYER for First Saturday Mass. See the invitation below:

Join us in honouring The Virgin Mary's request for First Saturday Devotion to Her Immaculate Heart.

  • Rosary at 8:30 am with Veneration of relics of St. Jacinta & Francisco Marto

  • Mass at 9:00 am

  • Adoration with Fatima Prayers: 9:30 to 10:00 am

This Livestream is available on by clicking below or directly on Youtube.

Please share this link with the sick, hospitalized, homebound; people with disabilities who cannot go to Mass; those who are alone and with no one to pray with them.3

VIDEO & ORIGINAL NOTES PRODUCED BY: TRAVESSA DA SENRA HOUSE PRESS - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (2023-present, PORTO, PORTUGAL). EDITED BY IZZY NUNZIATO. 1st EDITION FRIDAY 4 AUGUST 2023. COPYRIGHT © With repost from the Sanctuary of Fátima, “The Rector of the Shrine invites pilgrims to pray with Pope Francis in Fatima on 5 August” posted



NOTE: As you can see, the format above mirrors the Terço of Padre Nuno, just with some added words like “bom” in “Oh, bom Jesus”.

  • One might note that the original manuscript by Venerable Lúcia in Portuguese writes, “Oh, meu Jesus” (c.f. pg. 167, Memórias da Irmã Lúcia). Link the full Rosary to participate at any Church that offers the Terço before the Holy Mass. Note the text of the Mysteries and some of the prayers will vary depending on the leader.


Rev. Fr. Peter Turrone teaches the Rosary in this presentation video with Children’s Rosary ®, followed by notes given by Dr. Kaufman, Peter Herbeck, and Sonja Corbitt.


If you are visiting Toronto this summer or on a layover, please remember that Holy Rosary offers Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturdays prior to the Vigil of the evening mass with confessions at 4:15-4:30PM. Early bird adoration continues from 5:45 a.m. or 6 AM to 7:45 a.m. every Sunday before the 8:00 a.m. quiet mass for those struggling with sonic and visual disabilities. Confession at 7:30 AM. Monday to Friday, there is daily Rosary & confession from 11:30AM-12:00PM, Mass at 12:10PM and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (almost every day) until 2 p.m. with an extra 7 p.m. evening mass according to Fr. Peter’s schedule. See the bulletin for details.


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