On Wednesday, August 3, after the evening Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ivan Penavic, newly ordained priest, member of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province, while homily was given by Fr. Ivan Ike Manduric, the procession with the representatives of young people in the shape of a heart was held in Medjugorje. Young people from Switzerland carried the statue of Our Lady and everything took place outside the White Dome of St. James’ church.
Three young representatives from each country were going in the procession and they all had sign with the name of the country, national flag and a candle. Those three young people were representing of their own people in the symbolic way.
Fr. Marinko Sakota, Medjugorje parish priest, said: “I am with you – Gospa is very often saying to us. In the same way we have the Statue now among us, that is how She is present here, among us, for the last 35 years. In all these years She has been inviting us in the motherly way, with lots of love and patience to follow Her. She says to us: ‘I am the Queen of Peace and I wish to show you the way to peace.’ It is similar to this procession. While your representatives are slowly going in this procession, step by step, coming closer to their goal, to the Altar, to Jesus, that is how Mary invites us to learn how to pray with the heart, step by step. It is important to have desire, to decide and to move closer each day.”
After the Statue was brought to the altar, the consecration to Our Lady followed and then Adoration to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Everything was so special thanks to singing and music of the International Choir and Orchestra.