Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, send a message to the youth in Medjugorje and said: „Dear young friends in the Lord! Again, you gathered in such a great number for the Youth Festival in Medjugorje. Again, as in the previous years, I wish to send you my warmest greetings, but this year we have a special opportunity to be especially grateful!
Also this year during the International Prayer Encounter for the Youth in Medjugorje, participants are able to write their prayer intentions on the banner 100 meters long, prepared by community Cenacolo members. They are welcome to write their spiritual thoughts, thanksgiving to God and this banner will be presented in the eucharistic prayer on the last day of the Encounter, August 5.
Medjugorje in these days is all about the youth again, as the 29th International Prayer Encounter of the Youth (Youth Festival) started, this year held with the theme “Living on the Word of God”. The official beginning was on Wednesday, August 1, with the Holy Mass at the White Dome. The priests entered in a solemn procession with the song Hosana, performed by the International Choir and Orchestra. ...(photos)
Dear youth and all of you, brothers and sisters gathered here,
We just read two excerpts from the Holy Bible given in today’s liturgical readings. ... (photos)
On Thursday, August 2, the first full day of the Youth Festival, Rosary took place on Apparition Hill from 6 am with all of the youth participating. The morning programme continues from 9 am at the White Dome with prayer, catechesis of Fr. Ante Vuckovic and testimonies.
On Wednesday, August 1, young people from Virovitica, Vinkovci, Petrinja and Ogulin (Croatia) came for the Youth Festival. They began their journey on July 27 and travelled for 700 kilometres in these days. The first thing they did upon their arrival was a prayer before the Statue of Our Lady outside St. James’ church. ...(photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 155 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 5686 (183 per day)
The 29th International Prayer Encounter for the Youth is to start tomorrow and will finish on August 6, with the theme: “To Live on the Word of God”. A huge number of the youth from all over the world are expected to come and the final preparations are about to be completed. The International Choir and Orchestra is also ready, and their 100 members will be accompanying the whole programme.
Medjugorje, August 1st – August 6th, 2018
Living on the Word of God
“Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures”
WEDNESDAY, 1. 8. 2018
19.00 SOLEMN OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL
21.00 – 22.00 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Medjugorje parish celebrated on July 25, 2018 the feast of St. James, the Apostle, patron saint of this parish. Holy Masses in Croatian language were celebrated at 7, 8 am and 7 pm, while the central Holy Mass was celebrated at 11 am, in the Garden opposite to the ruins of the old church. (foto)
On Saturday, July 25, we will celebrate the Feast of St. James the Great, patron saint of Medjugorje parish. Holy Masses are going to be celebrated at 7, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. while the central celebration will be at 11 a.m. in the Garden opposite to the ruins of the old church.
Sunday, July 22nd, was a special day, full of blessings for the parish of Medjugorje, but also for all of the pilgrims throughout the world who care deeply about Medjugorje Parish. (photos)
Fr. Karlo Lovric, OFM, the parish assistant in the parish of Medjugorje since May 2005, shall celebrate on Monday, July 23, at 11 am in the church of St. James, his 50th Anniversary since he had his first Holy Mass - his Golden Jubilee. After Holy Mass, the celebration will continue in the Hall of John Paul II. He would be really pleased if his elderly and sick people, that he visits and confesses on regular basis, would be somehow brought to this event. Radio Mir Medjugorje will be broadcasting this celebration.
On May 31, 2018, the Holy Father appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser, former Special Envoy of the Holy See as the Apostolic Visitor with a special role for the parish of Medjugorje.
On Wednesday, July 25, we will celebrate the Feast of St. James, patron saint of Medjugorje parish. Medjugorje parish was founded in 1892, and consecrated to St. James, patron saint of pilgrims. This parish was equal to all others in Herzegovina up to June 25, 1981, when Medjugorje and church of St. James became the place of gathering of millions of pilgrims from all over the world.