Palm Sunday or the Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord traditionally is an introduction to Holy Week, as a preparation for Easter, the greatest Christian feast. As in the previous years, the liturgy of Palm Sunday began at the ruins of the old parish church. The procession began after the Gospel about the entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem was read and the blessing of palm and olive branches followed. The procession then started towards St. James’ church, where Fr. Karlo Lovric celebrated Holy Mass at 11 a.m., while deacon Fr. Zvonimir Pavicic said a homily. The parish choir, conducted by Sr. Irena Azinovic, made a celebration more solemn.
Numerous pilgrims from surrounding places and towns of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as from Ireland, India, Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the United States, Slovenia, Ukraine, Poland, Netherlands and certainly from Croatia. Many pilgrims also climbed Apparition Hill at 2 p.m. for the prayer of the Rosary. (photos)