Medjugorje, 01. 08. - 06. 08. 2016.
It was only few months ago that we had the 26th Youth Festival that gathered large number of the participants from all over the world. We are already preparing for the next on that will begin on August 1, 2016, not on July 31, 2016. The Youth Festival will finish on August 6, 2016.
Number of Holy Communions: 74 500
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1373 (44 per day)
In the previous 2015 there have been 1 800 400 Holy Communions given in the church, and total of 38 870 priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses.
Parishioners and thousands of pilgrims from all over the world were in Medjugorje for the celebration of New Year's Eve in prayer and in music. There were organised groups fro Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Ukraine, Korea, the United States, Czech Republic, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, Hungary and Slovakia. (photos)
Many pilgrims, primarily the younger ones, are expected to arrive to Medjugorje for the celebration of the New 2016 Year. The evening prayer programme will begin on the New Year's Eve with the Rosary at 5 pm, and the evening Holy Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at 6 pm, followed by the Cenacolo community performance of the live nativity scene outside the church.
On Sunday, December 27, the Christmas concert of Medjugorje parish was held in the Hall of John Paul II. This performance was given by community Cenacolo, parish choir "Queen of Peace ”, children's choir „Doves of Peace ”, tambourine orchestra „Misericordia” from Šurmananci, YouFra Međugorje as well as the young guitarists.
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 2:08 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! (photos)
Cenacolo community in the last few years has been preparing the live nativity scene, something that attracts all parishioners and pilgrims who visit Medjugorje in this season of Christmas. The scenery is made of manger, inn, citizens of Betlehem, cattle, very authentic costumes and actors amateurs who play Holy Family, three magi and shepherds.
On the first Sunday of Advent, November 29, the parishioners of the parish of St. Elijah the Prophet from Studenci, came to Medjugorje on a pilgrimage. After the parish Holy Mass at 9 am, around 40 pilgrims decided to come to Medjugorje so their preparation for Christmas would be better. Before taking part in the evening prayer programme, they climbed Cross Mountain.
On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Novena to the Birth of Christ will begin in Medjugorje. For nine days, the parish will pray the Rosary on Apparition Hill every day at 2 pm. This coming Friday, we will not pray the Way of the Cross on Cross Mountain, but Rosary on Apparition Hill. (photos)
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was solemnly celebrated in Medjugorje on Tuesday, December 8, all in the atmosphere of prayer. Along with the domestic pilgrims, there were groups of pilgrims from Italy, the United States, France, Ukraine, Latvia, Hungary, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina from two towns – Livno and Tomislavgrad.
The seminar for altar boys from the whole Herzegovina was held in Medjugorje from December 4 – 6, 2015 and it was conducted by Fr. Goran Azinović with the help of postulants. Every parish had few representatives. This seminar began with Rosary and the evening Holy Mass in the church of St. James. (photos)
Marijana Zovko, pilgrim who comes to Medjugorje and music composer from Laupheim in Germany, came recently to Međugorje. Marijana was a guest in the programme of radio „Mir“ Međugorje and she spoke about her experience.
Medjugorje is at the moment preparing for Christmas. As parishioners are preparing spiritually with early Holy Masses every day at 6 am, Betlehem is also being constructed in the area outside the church of St. James. Boys from the Cenacolo community are constructing this site for a few days now and all is being prepared for a live nativity scene that will be held on Christmas Eve and onwards. (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 61 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1335 (44 per day)