Palm Sunday or the Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord traditionally is an introduction to the Holy Week, as a preparation for Easter, the greatest Christian feast. As in the previous years, the liturgy of Palm Sunday began at the ruins of the old parish church. The procession began after the Gospel about the entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem was read and the blessing of palm and olive branches followed. (photos)
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (March 26 - 28, 2018): Holy Masses in Croatian language are according to the regular schedule at 7.30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Confessions shall take place before the morning Mass and in the afternoon from 4.30 p.m.
The ambulance of the Order of Malta began with their activities in a new season in Medjugorje on this Palm Sunday, March 25. Their hours for urgent medicine are in this year from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. They will continue to work until October 31, 2017.
As traditionally in the Diociese of Mostar - Duvno for many years now, the whole week from the 5th Sunday of the Lent, until the Palm Sunday is offered for the prayer against curses and blaspheming in our people.
Encounters and lectures on Wednesday in the Lent continue also this Wednesday when prof. Ankica Bakovic, psychologist, will give a talk at the Hall of John Paul II at 7.30 pm. She would speak about increasing problem of the digital addictions of children and the youth and the theme is: “The influence of the screens at the development of the child.” We are all invited, especially parents, youth and children.
The visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo had daily apparitions from June 24th 1981 to December 25th 1982. During the last daily apparition, Our Lady gave her the 10th secret, and told her that she would appear to her once a year, on the 18th of March. It has been this way through the years. Several thousand pilgrims gathered in prayer of the Rosary. The apparition lasted from 13:38 to 13:42.
Many pilgrims are each day arriving to Medjugorje, each one with their own story, thanksgiving and prayers. Our journalists had opportunity to talk to Nicolas Liarena from Guatemala who is here with his parents. He shared his personal experience of faith with us and told us why he likes more prayer than playing, his thoughts about Medjugorje: (foto)
On March 16 we will celebrate the 84th anniversary of construction of the cross on Cross Mountain and of the first Holy Mass that was celebrated at the foot of that cross. This Hill became famous in the last decades all over the world, while the idea for the construction of the cross was suggested by the parish priest in those days, Fr. Bernardin Smoljan.
The Franciscan School Sisters from Mostar organise another prayer/educational seminar for high school girls in Medjugorje from March 16-18, 2018. The information and registration is at the number 063 748 107.
Also this year we are organising the spiritual retreat for our parish from March 15-17, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The programme will start with the Rosary at 5 pm and Holy Mass at 6 pm. After Holy Mass there will be lectures and sharing in the Hall of John Paul II. The leader will be Fr. Damir Stojic, a famous Croatian Salesian priest, student chaplain for Zagreb, Croatia.
The members of YouFra Dubrava and youth from Zagreb came to Medjugorje this weeked for the spiritual renewal in Medjugorje. The retreat was held with the theme: Your Father knows what you need before you ask him, Mt 6,8. (photos)
Each Lent we meditate on the passion of Christ, especially in devotion of the Way of the Cross, that we as faithful say in our families and in the churches. Medjugorje parish prays the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain at 2 pm every Friday, and in the church of St. James every Friday after the evening Holy Mass. In the branch churches in Šurmanci, Vionica and Miletina, it takes place at 4 pm.
A group of 60 pilgrims from Istria came to Medjugorje last weekend as a part of the annual pilgrimage organised always at the time of the Lent. Rebeka Sebastijan from Rovinj spoke about her conversion experience for the Radio Mir Medjugorje station. She also spoke about this year’s pilgrimage:
Also this Wednesday, the Lenten encounters for the parishioners of Medjugorje parish will continue and on March 7, at 7.30 pm, two religious people originating from this parish will give their testimonies. Those are Fr. Miro Sego, OFM and S. Marina Ivankovic who will speak about what they can recall from their lives before their religious vocation and what made them respond to God’s call.
The 25th International Spiritual Retreat began on February 26 and the coordinator is Medjugorje parish priest, Fr. Marinko Sakota.
The theme of this retreat is “Living on the Word of God” “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures” (Lk 24:45). (photos)