The preparations of Medjugorje parish for the 40th Anniversary of Our Lady's apparitions are taking place intensively. The parishioners have been preparing for this event for the whole year. A group of them has been climbing the Apparition Hill every morning exactly 365 days before, and Parish of Citluk also initiated Novena for nine Sundays that would finish on the Eve of Our Lady’s apparitions.
The Peace Walk would take place at 6 am on June 24, from Humac and we would pray for peace and for Our Lady’s intentions. This is something so nice and beautiful, said fr. Marinko, and Citluk parish is also organising prayer walk from their church to Medjugorje, said Fr. Marinko, the parish priest.
Parishioners every night lead the prayer of Rosary on the White Dome, and the staff of the Information Centre Mir Medugorje are preparing a special two hour programme. This programme would broadcast the procession that would start from the Apparition Hill to the church of St. James, followed by the livestream of the evening prayer programme.
The Procession on the Anniversary would start at 4.30 pm from the Statue of Our Lad on Apparition Hill, the place of the first apparitions. We would start from the place where all began and in that way we wish to emphasise the importance of that place - Hill of Apparitions, Bijakovići, place where Our Lady came for the first time and met with the visionaries. From that place, a source of graces, we wish to move in the procession and prayer of the Rosary towards the church. It is Our Lady that is leading us to Jesus, and that is the message we wish to convey. Our Lady is leading us to Jesus, to the Eucharist. We would first pray Creed and Seven Our Fathers, a prayer that the visionaries first said on the Hill of Apparitions with Our Lady, and then in prayer of the Rosary and in song, we would move to the church, explained Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest of Medjugorje. Special programme would start on radio, as well as on our Media channels, Facebook, YouTube, web sites and we would have interviews with pilgrims who walked Peace Walk, but we would also bring stories of pilgrims whose life was changed due to Medugorje, there would be interviews with priests and some new songs and hymns written in the honour of the Queen of Peace.
June 24 – the Eve of the Anniversary of Apparitions in Medjugorje
6:00 am: Peace Walk Humac – Medjugorje
Holy Masses in Croatian language: 8 am, 11 am and 7 pm
6 pm: Rosary at the White Dome of St. James’ church
8 pm: After the evening Holy Mass, there would be the Eucharistic Adoration for one hour, followed by the whole-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in silence, continuing until 6 am on the following day
4 pm: Votive pilgrimage to the Queen of Peace Čitluk – Medjugorje
June 25 – 40th Anniversary of the Apparitions in Medjugorje
Holy Masses in Croatian language: 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 am and 7 pm
4:30 pm: The Procession from Statue of Our Lady on Apparition Hill to the church of St. James
6:00 pm: Rosary at the White Dome of St. James’ church
8 pm: After the evening Holy Mass, there would be the Eucharistic Adoration for one hour, followed by the whole-night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in silence, continuing until 7 am on the following day
4:00 pm: Special programme of Information Centre Mir Medjugorje (Radio Mir, Facebook, YouTube, livestream service)