Around 10,000 faithful came to Fatima for the pilgrimage organized by the SSPX on August 19 and 20, 2017 for the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady. Various pilgrimages and tours were organized, culminating in prayer at the feet of Our Lady, and a consecration of Russia by the three bishops of the SSPX.
The Solemn Mass for the opening of this pilgrimage was celebrated by Father Franz Schmidberger, Rector of the SSPX's German seminary, assisted by Father Karl Stehlin, Superior of the District of Asia as deacon, and Father Pascal Schreiber, Superior of the District of Switzerland as subdeacon.
After Mass, the pilgrims went in procession to the very place where Our Lady appeared to the children on August 19, 1917. At Valinhos, they prayed the rosary.
Under a bright sun and with a temperature of 90 F, the pontifical Mass was celebrated by Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X.
On August 20, Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General recited this act of consecration along with Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais and Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta, auxiliary bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X.
Towards 3:00 p.m., at Os Valinhos – in the shade of the olive trees, where the temperature was 102° - the pilgrims recited the final rosary that brought the pilgrimage for the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima to a close.
Several pilgrims were kind enough to relate their individual reasons for making a pilgrimage.
Bishop Fellay during the ordinations in Zaitzkofen
At the priestly ordinations in Zaitzkofen (Germany) on July 2, 2016, Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X announced another Rosary Crusade as a spiritual preparation for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima (May to October 1917). This crusade is ongoing and will be held until August 22, 2017. The goal set by Bishop Bernard Fellay is a bouquet of 12 million rosaries and 50 million sacrifices for Our Lady of Fatima.
You can download a tally sheet here, or submit your rosaries online
It follows the intentions indicated by the Blessed Virgin herself:
(I) Jesus wishes to establish in the world the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In order to do so, all the faithful are invited:
(II) We pray for the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
(III) We also pray for the pope and all the bishops of the Catholic world to consecrate Russia to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
(IV) And as a special intention, we ask the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Society of St. Pius X and all its members in addition to all the religious communities of Tradition.