The Conventual Franciscan Friars are devoted to the Virgin Mary as was St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of their Order. One only needs to look at St. Francis’ Greetings to the Blessed Virgin and his Prayer Praising the Mother of God to understand his devotion and that of all friars. Interestingly, currently at Marytown in Libertyville, Illinois, the friars are holding First Saturday Devotions.
The Devotions started on Saturday, May 2, 2015 and will end on Saturday, September 5. They begin at 11.15 am with a rosary procession through the beautiful gardens of Marytown and then finish with a Mass.
First Devotions to Mary include the Sacrament of Confession, Holy Communion, the recitation of the rosary, and mediation. They are a method for the faithful to stand up to sin.
(Source of image with story: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_%28Mutter_Jesu%29#/media/File:Raffael6.jpg.)