Ever since the time we started to count the number of given Holy Communions, this August has been above all of the previous number with 326.500 Holy Communions given. Huge numbers of pilgrims from all over the world continued also in the first days of September with groups from Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Ireland, Lebanon, Germany, Austria, Spain and Belgium.
Number of Holy Communions: 326.500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 7742 (249 per day)
Amongst many pilgrims who are arriving to Medjugorje after the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we met Mary Fernandez from Florida, who came to Medjugorje 109 times so far. She came to Medjugorje for the first time more than 22 years ago, after reading a book about apparitions and that is when she decided to come for the first time on pilgrimage with her husband. Already on that first pilgrimage, they brought 37 pilgrims with them. Mary says that that was the love on the first sight.“ We always prayed in my home, but after Medjugorje, pryer became different. I learned here how to pray the Rosary and I started to live the Holy Mass. Encounters with Medjugorje tought me how to accept all oft he realities that were happening in my life. I learned that problems are not going to disappear, but are being resolved in much easier way with God. Medjugorje is a school of life, it is like my second home. I feel peace both here and in my home, as well. „
Together with her husband, she is bringing groups from South America and Spanish speaking people from Miami, USA.
Medjugorje is packed with pilgrims in the last few days, dozens of thousands, while the biggest number is of those from Italy. There are groups from Germany, Austria, England, Ireland, Libanon, Korea, France, United States, Vietnam, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, Czech and Poland. There is also big number of Croatian pilgrims, especially those who are working abroad and come to their homes during holidays. In the previous years, number of pilgrims was always reduced after the Feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, while this year, with each day, that number is getting bigger.
Amongst many of them, we would like to emphasise int he special way, group from Italy, 21 of them who arrived by bycicle to Medjugorje. Two years ago they cycled to Santiago de Compostella, and decided to repeat that on their way to Medjugorje. As they travelled, they wore t-shirts with MEDJUGORJE writting on them, and everybody whom they met on their journey admired them for that.
They said to press members of Radio Station Mir Medjugorje that Medjugorje is the place where you can strongly feel God's presence and faith in the people. What really touches us about Medjugorje is how real and simple Our Lady's messages are, where you really can feel Jesus' invitation to conversion.
Hungarian pilgrim Nagy Gergely walked for 38 days from Hungary to Medjugorje. Tordai Eva joined him, but she could not complete the journey and after 4 days she came by bus. He said that the reason of his coming to Medjugorje was to thank Our Lady for the graces received. (foto)
This year, as well as in the previous years, Medjugorje was packed with dozens of thousands of pilgrims who had arrived specially for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thousands of them waited to receive the sacrament of the Confession and to be prepared in that way for the celebration of the Holy Mass. On that day, 15 Holy Masses were celebrated on the Church ground, five in Croatian language and one of each of the following languages: Italian, English, German, French, Czech, Polish, Slovakian, Hungarian, Spanish and Arabian. The Information Office had registered groups from 17 various countries: Coast of Ivory, USA, England, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, France, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Lebanon, Slovenia and Ireland.
As in previous years, Medjugorje was central pilgrimage destination for numerous pilgrims from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, many of whom had even walked for few days on their pilgrimage. Apart from participating in celebration of the Holy Masses, many pilgrims had also climbed the Cross Mountain and the Hill of Apparitions.
The 21st Youth Festival that began on Sunday, August 1st with the main theme: “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit the eternal life, ended on Friday, August 6th with the Holy Mass at 5 a.m. on the top of the Cross Mountain that was celebrated by Fr. Danko Perutina. (foto)
The 21st International Youth Festival with the main theme: “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit the eternal life” began in Medjugorje on August 1st with the evening Holy Mass and finished on August 6th, Feast of Transfiguration with the Holy Mass at 5 a.m. on the top of the Cross Mountain. Prior to the Holy Mass on first evening, young people from 69 various countries introduced themselves and were welcomed by Fr.Petar Vlasic, parish priest from Medjugorje. Opening Holy Mass was celebrated by Provincial of Herzegovina Franciscan Province, Fr. Ivan Sesar. Every evening there are around 500 priests who concelebrate at Holy Masses, and the entire programme is being simultaneously translated in various world languages: English, German, Polish, Slovakian, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Portuguese, Arabian, Chinese, and Slovenian, while smaller language groups are translating in their own languages. (foto)
You can follow 21st Youth Festival, both just audio transmittance or video through our TV or Web cameras, through Internet radio and directly through following radio stations:
Radiopostaja Mir Međugorje,
Radio Maria Austrija,
Radio Maria Južni Tirol,
Radio Maria Srbija (Subotica),
or through Internet pages and links both live audio and video in various languages:
Number of Holy Communions: 138.000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4230 (136 per day)
Medjugorje, 1. - 6. 8. 2010.
„Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?“
Saturday, 31. 07. 2010
18.00 - Rosary
19.00 –Holy Mass – general rehearsal for the choir and the orchestra
20.00 – Prayer for healing
20.30 – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – general rehearsal for the choir and the orchestra
Parish of Medjugorje is going to celebrate Feast of St. James, patron saint of Medjugorje parish, by celebration of solemn Holy Mass at 11 a.m. in the Garden outside the church. Procession with the Statue of St. James is going to take place before Holy Mass and choir is going to sing litanies of All Saints during the time of the procession. Representatives of village Vionica are going to carry the Statue this year, and parishioners are going to prepare for this Feast with three day prayer programme that begins on Thursday, July 22nd. On the Feast of St. James there will be whole night adoration of Blessed Sacrament that takes place every 25th in the month. Adoration begins at 10 p.m. and continues until 7 a.m. of the following day.
Amongst many experiences of various pilgrims, many of which remain hidden from the public, we still meet every day those who witness in public about many graces that they received through Our Lady’s intercession. That is the case of married couple Aida and Javier Eskildsen, pilgrims from Panama, who arrived to Medjugorje in thanksgiving for the gift of the child that they received after nine years of marriage. Javier arrived to Medjugorje for the first time in 1988, he was raised in the spirit of the Catholic Church but he was not present in the life of the Church at all. He witnesses:
In the beginning of July, that is full of pilgrims this year, group of pilgrims came by bicycle from Italy on July 1st. Their journey was more than 930 km long, and they said: “For five years we have been going to different pilgrimages every year, last year it was Lourdes and this year Medjugorje.”
Priest Leonid, redemptorist from Ukraine province, participated in the 15th International seminar for priest in Medjugorje and gave the testimony, first to the other participants and then to Radio Station Mir Medjugorje. We publish the testimony as it was given:
My first pilgrimage to Medjugorje was related to my obligations and to my occupation in the priest vocation. Namely, in 2005 local Church entrusted me with huge responsibility and gave me heavy burden to carry and that was service of exorcist. The first months and the very first year were filled with God’s love and grace, but also with great difficulties and tempations. One of the major difficulties took place during one session of exorcism over one possessed person. That person spoke to me in very rough voice, full of horror in these words: “I am horrible, I am powerful, and I will destroy you. I will destroy your priesthood and all of your life.” Although that was quite bad, I did not take that seriously at all. After all, I believed in God completely and I did not have any reasons to doubt that. I also knew that if I had fear in front of the Satan that would be as if I already lost something. But God allowed this situation to take place, and I am going to share with you how great and how mighty his Mother is, and how Medjugorje is sacred ground.
Press members of radio station Mir Medjugorje had chance to speak to many participants of this 15th seminar for priests that will last until Saturday, July 3rd and that has more than 250 participants – priests, deacons and novices.
They all express their joy to be here again and conclude by saying that they will come back again. Amando Sanz and Luis Maria Tejerina, priests from Spain, are involved in Medjugorje events from the very beginning: “We wanted to be close to Our Lady”, they said. Starting with their first coming to Medjugorje, they would pass on their experiences to others. They did that with great joy and enthusiasm. And they were never disappointed. Mary has a great role in evangelisation of the world. (photo)