Thank you for supporting us month after month, year after year. You are our wind behind us and our support in spreading Our Lady's messages around the world. Without your support, the work of the Mir Medjugorje Information Centre would not be possible. Our joint actions speak best of how much we can succeed together.
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 2:18 pm and lasted 8 minutes. Our Lady came with little Jesus in her arms. Through Jakov, Our Lady gave the following message: Today, when the light of Jesus' birth is illuminating the entire world, in a special way, with Jesus in my arms, I am praying that every heart becomes a stable of Bethlehem, in which my Son will be born, so that your lives become a light of His birth. Little children, you live in peacelessness and fear. That is why, little children, today, on this day of grace, implore Jesus to strengthen your faith and to become the ruler of your lives; because, my children, only with Jesus in your lives will you not be looking at peacelessness but praying for peace and will live in peace; and you will not be looking at fear but at Jesus Who frees us of all fears. I am your Mother who ceaselessly keeps vigil over you and I am blessing you with my Motherly blessing.
With his birth, Jesus mysteriously united heaven and earth. Thus, a wonderful exchange of the heavenly and the earthly took place. He took our mortal body in order to give us heavenly incorruptibility through it. This is the source of our Christmas joy. As we give gifts to each other this Christmas, may our hearts reflect on that wonderful exchange, on that great Gift, on the Son of God, who became Emmanuel – God is With Us.
If the Lord Jesus were in my place, what would he say? If the Lord Jesus were in my place, how would he behave towards these persons or others? God came among us to make us like himself. If we want to live like Him, let us ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do if he were in my place? Merry Christmas everyone!
Francis came to love the person of Jesus, precisely in his embodiment and humility, identifying with the excluded and the little ones, whom Jesus calls "the least of these" (Mt 25:40). Francis followed Christ, therefore Francis was followed by many. Those who follow Him are followed! Francis visibly brought the first nativity scene back to life, today the whole world brings it back to life at Christmas.
Christmas Eve Holy Mass is at 6 p.m. Confession is from 4 to 6 p.m. A prayer vigil begins at 10:30 p.m., followed by Midnight Holy Mass at 12:00 a.m.
This year too, Mir Information Center Međugorje continues the great prayer initiative on the occasion of Christmas under the name "Your name in the embrace of the Queen of Peace". This is the third year in a row that the faithful write their names, prayers, intentions, thanksgiving... which will be presented to the Queen of Peace on Apparition Hill on Christmas Day itself.
Number of Holy Communions: 35 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1435 ( 47 per day)
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Medjugorje seminar was held in Knock. It is being organized by the Irish Council for Medjugorje, which has existed for 35 years and whose main mission is to spread the messages of the Queen of Peace.
The Holy Mass was presided over by the bishop of the Diocese of Rancagua in Chile, Msgr. Guillermo Vera Soto, at which Fr. Danko Perutina concelebrated, and this is how the two-day spiritual exercises for priests ended and the 1st National Congress of the Queen of Peace in Chile began. It was held in the city of San Francisco de Mostazal in the Diocese of Rancagua, about 60 km south of Santiago.
The next spiritual retreat for married couples in Medjugorje will take place from November 8 to 11, 2023 under the motto: "Behold my mother and my brothers!" (Mt 12: 49) PHOTO
Number of Holy Communions: 200 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4361 ( 140 per day)
The 34th Youth Festival will be held in Medjugorje from July 26 to 30, 2023, and the theme of Mladifest, as well as of all international spiritual renewals in Medjugorje next year, is taken from Matthew's Gospel: "Here are my mother and my brothers!" (Mt 12, 49).
Number of Holy Communions: 200 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 4738 (157 per day)
The congress has an international level, and will be held in Croatian and Italian languages. In addition to the prayer program, there will be a total of 23 presentations on various topics related to Medjugorje.