Number of Holy Communions: 66 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1308 (42 per day)
In the previous 2017 there have been 1 571 100 Holy Communions given in the church, and total of 36 856 priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses.
Many pilgrims, especially the youth, are expected to come to Medugorje from all over the world for the prayer vigil on New Year’s Eve. The prayer programme begins with the Rosary at 5 pm, followed by the Thanksgiving Holy Mass at 6 pm. After this Holy Mass, Community Cenacolo will give another live Nativity scene performance in the area in front of the church.
The first live Nativity Scene performance given by Cenacolo community was held on the Christmas Eve, after the evening Holy Mass at 6 pm, in the area in front of the church of St. James. This year, youth from Medjugorje also participated. The following performance shall take place on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, after the Holy Mass at 3 pm for all of the children and their parents. Live Nativity scene performance shall also take place on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day, both (photos)
Also this year, we had joyful celebration of Christmas in Medugorje. The whole community of faithful was preparing for the birth of the Christ with the early Holy Masses, the evening prayer programme and nine days of Rosary on Apparition Hill. (photos)
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 2:07 pm and lasted 10 minutes. Afterwards Jakov transmitted the message:
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)
Čestitka - fra Marinko Šakota, župnik
Christmas is a feast of God’s gift to us people. That is why we have invitation from the parish office Medjugorje, that just as Gospa wanted us to do, all children up to the 9th class, may prepare a gift for Jesus and bring it on Thursday, December 28, 2017, in front of the nativity scene outside the church of St. James, when Cenacolo community will have their second live nativity scene performance.
This following Sunday we are celebrating Christmas Eve and Holy Masses in the morning shall take place at 7, 8 and 11 am. We will not have early Holy Mass or Holy Mass for children on that morning. The usual prayer of the Rosary on Apparition Hill on Sundays shall not take place on that day. The evening prayer programme begins with the Rosary at 5 pm and the Christmas Eve Holy Mass is at 6 pm.
The parish of Medugorje organised the Advent Evening on the last, third Sunday of the Advent. The whole parish was the organiser and everything was set on the grounds of the old parish church for the evening parishioners spent together.(photos)
Preparations for Christmas are taking place in the parish of Medugorje. Along with the spiritual preparation in prayer at the early Holy Masses at 6 am, there is a construction site of “Bethlehem” taking place in front of the church of St. James. Members of Cenacolo community have been setting the site for the live nativity scene that shall take place on Christmas Eve. (photos)
On Friday, December 15, 2017, nine days preparation for celebration of Christ’s birth shall begin. In those nine days, Rosary will take place on Apparition Hill at 2 pm, and on Friday, December 15 and 22, we will not pray the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain. The evening prayer programme in the parish church shall take place according to the ordinary schedule.
Parish of Medjugorje organises the Advent Night on December 17. The whole parish will organise on the third Advent Sunday, on the grounds of the old parish church, the night of gathering of the parishioners and of all people of good will.
Number of Holy Communions: 57 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1404 (46 per day)
On Sunday, December 3, the Advent begins with the First Sunday in the Advent. May this time of the Advent help us to reflect in the better way on our lives and to make decisions how to improve it even more. We will celebrate early Holy Masses in this time in the church of St. James at 6 am, every day except for Sundays. As it was the case in the previous years, in this time we will not have Holy Mass at 7.30 am, only early Holy Mass, when we will pray for your intentions and deceased ones.
On Saturday, November 25, 2017, Radio station Mir Medjugorje, thanked the Lord for 20 years of their work with the prayer of the Rosary led by the employees of the radio and later on with the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Iko Skoko, with the singing of the choir from Albania. (photos),