This is a true story of angels appeared in Convent-Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Akita in Japan.
Do you believe in angels?
Angels don't exist.
There's no such thing as angels.
Angels only live in a fantasy world.
Many people may think that angels are products of imagination.
However, angels are not fictional entities as you think but they actually exist in this world.
In this post, I would like to introduce a Japanese sister who saw angels, which was a harbinger of the following supernatural phenomena, that is, a miraculous wooden statue of the Holy Mother Mary weeping and shedding blood.
Our Lady of Akita, a miraculous wooden statue that wept 101 times.
The Miracle of Our Lady of Akita
The following story is based on the book “Akita: The Tears and Message of Mary” written by Father Teiji Yasuda (1916 - 2013), chaplain of the convent in Akita, Japan.
Father Teiji Yasuda (1916 - 2013)
In this book, Father Yasuda introduced "Our Lady of Akita," a miraculous wooden statue of the Holy Mother Mary that wept 101 times and shed blood from its hand.
It may be hard to believe, but on March 14, 1989, the Most Rev. John Shojiro Ito (1909-1993), retired Bishop of Niigata approved this book in the following words:
I recommend this book and testify that its contents are true.
Bishop of Niigata, the Most Rev. John Shojiro Ito (1909-1993).
Actually, the weeping and bleeding statue of the Virgin Mary was so miraculous that it was broadcast on Japanese national television.
Furthermore, it gained notice with the miraculous healing of hearing loss of a sister, Sasagawa who received messages from the Blessed Virgin.
Therefore, it was a miracle happened to an obscure convent in Akita.
Source - Own work
The First Apparition of Angels
In the previous post, I introduced the hard-knock life of Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa and her amazing experience of seeing the mysterious lights of God.
After the strange experiences of seeing the mysterious light from the tabernacle, about a week passed uneventfully.
On the afternoon of June 23, Bishop Ito visited the convent of Akita from Niigata.
The following Sunday was the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Thus, he was going to remain for a week on the Hill giving guidance and counsel.
On Thursday, the eve of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, adoration was made by four sisters including Sister Sasagawa from 8 until 9 after the morning Mass.
After hymns, Rosary, and common prayers, silent meditation followed.
However, shortly after the beginning of the silent meditation, a mysterious phenomenon happened.
Sister Sasagawa says,
Suddenly, the blinding light radiated from the Blessed Sacrament, which was the same light as I had seen three times.
At that time, I noticed that something like fog or smoke was floating in the air around the altar and the rays of light.
Then, I saw a cloud of angel-like figures appeared around the altar!
According to Sister Sasagawa, the angels seemed to surround the altar and to worship before the Host.
She was drawn into that eye-opening view.
Then she knelt down and adored the light as angels did so.
At that time, Sister Sasagawa flashed an idea into her mind.
Perhaps, has someone set up a fire outside?
Could it be that the smoke from that fire wafted over here?
So, she glanced back to a glass door behind her.
However, there was no fire outside.
Just the area around the altar was surrounded by the mysterious light.
The brightness from the Blessed Sacrament was so brilliant that she could not look at it directly.
So, she closed her eyes and instinctively prostrated herself.
After the hour of adoration was over, Sister Sasagawa remained in the same position without noticing that the other sisters had left.
Then the superior sister K came and gave her a tap on the back to ask her to watch the house during their absence.
Sister Sasagawa came to her senses and she noticed that all which had happened disappeared.
Only the modest chapel stood as it did before.
The Second Apparition of the Angels
The next day, Friday, June 29, was the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
Sister Sasagawa and the superior Sister K were assigned to the Hour of Adoration from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. after the breakfast.
Sister Sasagawa went to the Chapel a half hour early to pray silently before the Blessed Sacrament.
Then the Sister K arrived and they knelt together before the tabernacle.
Sister Sasagawa was unable to hear anything because of her deafness and thus she had to read the lips of the Sister K.
Sister K asked her to begin the Rosary first.
So, Sister Sasagawa took her heads and they began with the usual opening hymn in honor of the Eucharist.
The moment they begun the Rosary, a mysterious figure appeared to Sister Sasagawa's immediate right!
Meeting with a Beautiful Angel
Sister Sasagawa had a feeling she had seen the person before.
Four years before, she was a catechist in Myoko church.
One day, she lost consciousness because of a high fever from the flu.
So, she had to be taken to the Myoko hospital.
Then she was in a coma for four days and during that time, she was cut off all from the outside world.
She continuously had so high fever that the thermometer indicated a very high temperature near the upper limit.
On the evening of the second day, a priest gave her the Sacrament of the Sick.
At that time, Sister Sasagawa recited the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Gloria and the Apostles Creed in Latin clearly.
Afterwards, the priest asked her with amazement,
When did you learn Latin?
Sister Sasagawa did not know how to answer, because she had never learned it well enough to recite those prayers by heart and she could not recite it even now.
She can hardly believe it herself but the witnesses actually heard her reciting Latin prayers.
According to her mother, she was praying all the time then.
At that time, she looked as if her face was illuminated by light and crossed her hands on her breast.
Mysterious Vision of a Beautiful Angel during the Prayer
According to Sister Sasagawa, during that prayer, she saw a vision that she was in a place like a beautiful field.
In the vision, a beautiful person gestured her to come.
However, Sister Sasagawa could not go to the beautiful person, because people as skinny as living skeletons clung on to her.
Furthermore, she saw pathetic figures who were fighting each other for fresh water, but pushed each other into a murky river.
Filled with compassion for these pitiful people, Sister Sasagawa also prayed for them.
She continued to say the mysteries of the Rosary.
Then, suddenly, a beautiful woman she did not know appeared on the right side of her bed.
Then the woman began to pray the Rosary along with her.
After reciting the first decade of the Rosary, the woman added a phrase she did not know.
In surprise, Sister Sasagawa repeated it after her.
Then the woman advised her to add this phrase after each decade of the Rosary.
The phrase is as follows:
Oh my Jesus.
Forgive us our sins.
Save us from the fires of hell.
And lead all souls and especially those who are most in need of your mercy to heaven.
Amazing Coincidence with the Apparition of an Angel in Fatima
Source Manuel González Olaechea
By the way, you may think that it was an illusion or a dream Sister Sasagawa had.
However, there is an interesting sequel to this story.
Shortly afterwards, when Sister Sasagawa recited the phrase taught by the mysterious woman, a Salesian priest K happened to hear it.
Then priest K asked her.
Where did you learn it?
Could you teach me the beautiful prayer?
So, Sister Sasagawa taught him the phrase.
Later, she received a letter from him.
This prayer was the same as taught by the Virgin to the three shepherd children at Fatima.
It is not translated into Japanese yet.
But if it is translated into Japanese, that’s the same phrase exactly as you have taught me!
Of course, Sister Sasagawa did not know anything about the supernatural events in Fatima.
Thus, she understood the precious origin of the prayer for the first time.
In 1916, nine-year-old Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto were herding sheep at the Cova da Iria near their home village of Aljustrel in the parish of Fátima, Portugal. They later said they were visited three times by an apparition of an angel. They said the angel, who identified himself as the "Angel of Peace" and "Guardian Angel of Portugal", taught them prayers.
Monument of the Guardian Angel of Portugal apparition to the three little shepherd children of Fátima.
Source - Own work
In this way, it was an amazing coincidence beyond human's reachable knowledge.
Perhaps, Sister Sasagawa met with the angel that had appeared in Fatima.
According to Sasagawa, the same precious person appeared before the Blessed Sacrament.
Sister Sasagawa squeezed the beads of the Rosary while slowly reciting the prayers as the heavenly person did so.
Finally, after the invocation, ‘Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary pray for us,’ the heavenly person disappeared.
Then it was the time of silent prayer.
After a while, Sister Sasagawa felt the blaze of light from the the Blessed Sacrament, same as yesterday.
So, she prostrated herself to adore the Host.
When Sister Sasagawa lifted her eyes, she saw the altar was enveloped by a soft light like a mist or smoke.
In the soft light, innumerable angels appeared.
And the angels turned towards the illuminated Blessed Sacrament, giving praise to the Lord.
Holy! Holy! Holy!
Their high and clear voices came to her deaf ears.
At the same time the angels finished praising God, Sister Sasagawa heard a prayer on her right.
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 this 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.
This was the prayer of the Handmaids of the Eucharist made by Bishop Ito.
So, Sister Sasagawa got caught up in the prayer and she also recited the prayer to the voice.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send Your soul widely throughout the world.
Holy Spirit enters the soul of all people to defend and protect them from deterioration, disasters and wars.
May Mother of all people be a protector of us.
Sister Sasagawa heard the voice of the same heavenly person who had come to her side in the hospital in Myoko.
It seemed even more beautiful and pure when the woman recited these prayers than when she had told Sister Sasagawa in the hospital, ‘Add these words after each decade.’
According to Sister Sasagawa, the woman's voice sounded just like a heavenly sound.
So, she prayed along to the woman's voice with a lot of enthusiasm.
Suddenly, Sister Sasagawa saw a kind of symbol appeared on the back of the Bishop who knelt down in prayer in front of her.
Also, she saw a vision for a moment that seven or eight members of our Institute including her holding red cords under both arms of his tunic.
When the prayer was over, all of these visions disappeared.
Sister Sasagawa don’t remember how long she continued to pray kneeling down.
When the Sister K tapped her on the shoulder, Sister Sasagawa came to her senses.
Then she finished the adoration singing the Ave of Lourdes with Sister K.
Later, Sister K said about the memories at that time as follows.
At that time, I prayed beside Sister Sasagawa.
Suddenly, she recited it so slowly.
I wondered why she did that, because she usually recited it so quickly.
So, I asked her why she recited it so slowly.
Then Sister Sasagawa said,
‘I was reciting it just in sync with the tempo of the angel.’
After that, Sister Sasagawa told the Bishop what she had just seen, because he had asked to report him any unusual things before.
Then she asked him,
Excuse me for asking but do you have a symbol on your vestment?
But the Bishop answered,
No, I don’t.
So, Sister Sasagawa described to him exactly what she had seen.
It was the symbol with a design of the Chalice and the Host over an ‘M’ letter.
To hear that, the Bishop was very surprised and exclaimed.
That’s my episcopal insignia!
How did you know it?
So, Sister Sasagawa told him about the vision that the seven or eight members of the Institute holding the red cords of his tunic.
The Bishop was wearing solemn expression on his face.
Perhaps, it was the vision the angels gave Sister Sasagawa.
In this way,
Angels have been seen not only in Fatima but also in Japan.
The angels really exist in this world.
Someday, when you recite prayer in a church, you may also see angels.
Published on September 15, 2019
Written by OTAKUPAPA