The ancient tradition in Mostar – Duvno Diocese is to pray from the 5th Sunday of Lent until Palm Sunday for deliverance of curses and blaspheming of our people. That was the case this year as well. All parishioners and pilgrims in Medjugorje have been invited to pray and to offer all of their intentions, especially prayer of the Way of the Cross on Friday, to God in atonement for all of the sins caused by cursing, slandering and blaspheming.
Holy Week began on Palm Sunday with procession that started at the grounds of the old church at 10.30 a.m. Holy Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. in the church of St. James, it was the Mass of Passion of Our Lord. Holy Masses in Croatian language were held at 7, 8,11 and 6 p.m. Palm and olive branches were blessed at every Holy Mass. On the eve of Palm Sunday, Holy Mass at 6 p.m. was celebrated for all of the youth and Franciscan Youth choir were singing at that Holy Mass.