Holy Communions distributed: 71.600
Concelebrating priests: 1.486 (47/day)
Holy Communions distributed 1.357.100
Concelebrating priests - total: 31.724 (evening Holy Mass: 12.375)
Largest number of languages in which the Gospel was read during the Evening Mass: 16
In the time of Christmas, numerous faithful from the village and from the neighbourhood, as well as from distant parts of the world – even from Korea, Hong Kong and Macao - gathered together in Medjugorje. (photos)
For Christmas 2008, was finished the illumination of the paths and of the bronzes representing the Joyful and the Sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary. Until now, only the Joyful mysteries and the path towards Our Lady’s Statue were illuminated, but since the Sorrowful mysteries also are illuminated, it looks from far as if on the Hill there was a huge Rosary made of lights.
At the last daily apparition to Jakov Colo on September 12th, 1998, Our Lady told him that henceforth he would have one apparition a year, every December 25th, on Christmas Day. This is also how it was this year. The apparition began at 9:48 am and lasted 6 minutes.
The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina decided on October 23, 2008, that foreigners - citizens of the following countries - do not need a visa for a stay of maximum 90 days in Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Mother’s Village is an institution for education and care for children and youth, and it exists since 1993. in Bijakovići, parish Medjugorje. Its founder was Fr. Slavko Barbarić. The present director of Mother’s Village is Fr. Svetozar Kraljević. We spoke with him about Christmas in Mother’s Village and about the past year.
On Monday, December 22, 2008, was opened the 40 km long section of them motorway Zagreb - Split - Dubrovnik from Šestanovac to Ravča, and this is very significant for the Medjugorje pilgrims.
From Medugorje to the entrance to the motorway at Ravče (through Ljubuški and Crveni grm), there are only 30 km , and from Ravča to Split only 76 km .
The traditional Christmas Concert by “Little Doves of Peace” from Medjugorje under direction of Sister Slavica Kožul took place on the 4th Sunday of Advent, on December 21, 2008, at 3 PM, in the parish church in Medjugorje. As every year, in this concert took part also maestro Đelo Jusić from Dubrovnik, founder and director of the children’s choir “Little Singing Dubrovnik”, the musician who arranged all the songs sung by the “Little Doves of Peace”, and who composed many new songs for them. (photos)
The traditional Christmas Concert will be given by “Little Doves of Peace” from Medjugorje under direction of Sister Slavica Kozul, on Sunday, December 21, 2008, at 3 PM, in the parish church in Medjugorje. This year’s special guest is the group “Magnificat”.
Preparation for Christmas: The Novena begins on December 15. Rosary on Apparition Hill at 2 PM. During the Novena – Holy Mass at 6 AM in the parish church.
The 14th International Priests Seminar will be held in Međugorje from June 29 to July 4, 2009 on the theme of: “You are my friends...” (John 15, 14). (Program)
St. Nicolas’ feast was solemnly celebrated on December 5, 2008, in Mother’s Village, in the Kindergarten „Saint Therese”. Fr. Karlo Lovrić played Saint Nicolas, and the children were delighted.
About 50 employees and collaborators of the ICMM and of the Parish office Medjugorje led by Fr. Petar Vlašić, the parish priest, began the month of December with a day of friendship and rest. On December 1, they went to Kupres.
On December 3, 2008, took place in Medjugorje the Advent Recollection Day for the Medjugorje guides, who are working with the Medjugorje pilgrims. The theme of the recollection was, “The pilgrimage as a way to the experience of the encounter with the living God”. The recollection was led by Fr. Danko Perutina. About 20 guides took part in it.