In 1973 Our Lady gave three messages to Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa through a statue. From Jan. 4, 1975, to Sept. 15, 1981, the statue shed tears 101 times. The statue also shed blood and perspired with sweet perfume.
In 1984 the Bishop of Niigata gave official approval of the apparition, and in 1988 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger gave definitive judgement on the Akita events and messages as reliable and worthy of belief.
The first message was given to Sister Agnes on July 6, 1973. A voice coming from the statue of Mary said:
"Pray in reparation for the sins of humanity. Each person in this community is my irreplaceable daughter. Do you say well the prayer of the Handmaids of the Eucharist? Then let us pray it together:
"Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your Heart being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His kingdom. Please receive my humble offering of myself. Use me as you will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls. Most Holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from your Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as your special child. Amen.
"Pray very much for the Pope, bishops, and priests. Since your baptism you have always prayed faithfully for them. Continue to pray very much ... very much. Tell your superior all that passed today and obey him in everything that he will tell you. Your superior is wholeheartedly seeking prayers now."
The second message was given Aug. 3:
"Many men in this world grieve the Lord. I seek souls to console Him. In order to appease the anger of the Heavenly Father I wish, with my Son, for souls who will make reparation for sinners and the ungrateful by offering up their sufferings and poverty to God on their behalf.
"In order that the world might know the wrath of the Heavenly Father toward today's world, He is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son, many times I have tried to appease the wrath of the Heavenly Father.
"I have prevented the coming of the chastisement by offering Him the sufferings of His Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and the compassionate souls who console the Heavenly Father ... a cohort of victim souls overflowing with love.
"Prayer, penance, honest poverty, and courageous acts of sacrifice can soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I desire this also from your community: please make much of poverty, deepen repentance, and pray amid your poverty in reparation for the ingratitude and insults toward the Lord by so many men."
The third and last message was given Oct. 13:
"Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary pray for the bishops and priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church. One will see cardinals opposing other cardinals ... and bishops confronting other bishops.
"The priests who venerate me will be scorned and condemned by their confreres; churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will tempt many priests and religious to leave the service of the Lord.
"The demon is trying hard to influence souls consecrated to God. The thought of the perdition of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins continue to be committed further, there will no longer be pardon for them."
一九七三年，聖母藉她的一尊聖像，向依搦斯.和子.佐佐川Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa修女，傳遞了三個訊息。自一九七五年一月四日至一九八一年九月十五日，這尊聖母像曾落淚一百零一次。聖像也流出血和汗，且散發芳香氣味。