Number of Holy Communions: 33 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1002 (34 per day)
Archbishop Henryk Hoser, Bishop Emeritus of Warsaw – Prague, the Apostolic Visitor with the special role for the parish of Medjugorje, when he received a reward 'Bishop Roman Andrzejewski' after he was awarded for all his merits and efforts taken for the development of the Polish villages. The presentation of the award took place on February 20, 2020 in the auditorium of the Polish Episcopal Conference in Warsaw.
Number of Holy Communions: 37 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1083 (34 per day)
Parish of Medjugorje is inviting us to bring our donations to the parish of Medjugorje and Fr. Ante would pass them on to Kongo afterwards.
“We are in the temple of the Queen of Peace, here in Bosnia and Herzegovina. If the genuine peace, as we said, is the result of forgiveness and mercy, how can Mary be the Queen of Peace and not be at the same time the Queen of Mercy? Mary is the Queen of Peace, for she is the Queen of Divine Mercy, whose face is Jesus”, said Msgr. Pezzuto in his homily for New Year’s Eve vigil Holy Mass.
Number of Holy Communions: 90 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1787 (57 per day)
In the previous 2019 there have been 1 825 000 Holy Communions given in the church, and total of 44 764 priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses.
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 2:25 pm and lasted 9 minutes.
Our Lady came with little Jesus in her arms. Through Jakov, Our Lady gave the following message:
Dear children, today, on this day of grace, in a special way I am calling you to open your hearts and to implore Jesus to strengthen your faith. Children, through prayer with the heart, faith and works you will come to know what it means to live a sincere Christian life. Often times, children, darkness, pain and crosses overwhelm your life and your hearts. Do not waver in faith and ask 'why' because you think that you are alone and abandoned. Instead, open your hearts, pray and believe firmly and then your heart will feel God's nearness and that God never abandons you - that He is beside you at every moment. Through prayer and faith, God will answer your every 'why' and transform your every pain, darkness and cross into light. Thank you.
Last early Holy Mass at 6 a.m. will take place on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24. The evening prayer programme will start with the Rosary at 5 p.m., Holy Mass at 6 p.m. After the evening Holy Mass there will be live Nativity scene performance in front of the church of St. James. The vigil begins at 10 p.m. and will last until midnight when the Midnight Holy Mass begins.
And indeed, from His fullness we have received grace to grace, for He is our peace!
With desire that God’s peace reigns in all of the hearts, all of the families, all of the countries and in the whole world, united in prayer with all of the friends of Medjugorje throughout the world:
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
May this Christmas be for you day of joy and peace. May Jesus visit you in your families and may he be born in the hidden place of your heart! (photos)
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The first one is the 27th International Spiritual Retreat for Organisers of the Pilgrimages, Leaders of Peace Centres and Leaders of Medjugorje Prayer and Charity Groups and it is to be held from March 2-6, 2020.
Number of Holy Communions: 62 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 2140 (71 per day)
Medjugorje is not the only place, but it is among the rare ones on earth where nobody will be surprised if you pray. Here, they would be surprised if you do not pray! This is a rare place where you can go around with the rosary in your hands and nobody will ask you what you do, said Fr. Ante. (PHOTO)
'The Church has a place for all! Just like Franciscans, once they decide to follow their community, the same is for all new communities and members of the consecrated life, all under one condition, that they follow the Church and place the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the center of their lives”. (PHOTO)
''We came here from different parts of the world, in this place where one can feel Our Lady’s presence and she is the one who completely lived that logics, gave herself to God and to the others.'' (PHOTO)
Be just like the Blessed Virgin Mary was, be kind and nice, be beautiful as she was. Someone asked Mary, How come you are so beautiful? Incredible beauty of hers…She responded, I am beautiful because I love! Let us be good and beautiful and may God bless you all, said Msgr. Hoser in his homily. (PHOTO)