The feast of St. James, patron saint of Medjugorje parish, was solemnly celebrated on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Holy Masses in Croatian language were celebrated in the parish church at 7, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. and main Holy Mass was celebrated in the garden close to Medjugorje church by Fr. Ivan Sevo, Deputy Provincial of Herzegovina Franciscan Province.
Councilours of local communities carried the statue of St. James from Medjugorje church and the procession started at 10.45 with singing of litanies. Choir of Medjugorje parish led by Sr. Irena Azinovic made this celebration even more beautiful. Finally, parish priest Fr. Marinko Sakota, welcomed all who came for this feast and invited all to stay at the end for traditional music and dancing that was performed by folklore groups from parish of Medjugorje.
The parishioners prepared for this feast with the evening prayer programme held in Medjugorje church throughout six days. Nine more Holy Masses in foreign languages were celebrated on that day as well. The Information Office registered groups of pilgrims from Germany, Austria, the United States, France, Italy, Ukraine, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Ireland and Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. (photos)