As in the previous years, Medjugorje parish is preparing for Christmas this year with Novena that began on December 15. Early Holy Masses in the packed church of St. James are celebrated at 6 a.m. every day except on Sundays, and Franciscan Youth - Frama are singing and making celebration even more beautiful. Parishoners and pilgrims are climbing the Hill of Apparitions every day at 2 p.m. to pray the Rosary, while evening prayer programme begins at 5 p.m. every day with the prayer of the Rosary. Due to the usually large number of pilgrims during Christmas, parishoners are confessing on daily basis and in that way preparing for celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ. As in the previous years, community of Cenacolo is going to have performance - live Nativity scene in the area at the back of the church.