The 81st Anniversary of the Cross built on Cross Mountain

date: 10.03.2015.

On Monday, March 16th 2015, we will commemorate 81 years since the cross on Cross Mountain was built and blessed during a solemn Holy Mass. It took the parishioners only 52 days to build the cross, after their parish priest Fr. Bernardin Smoljan, had proposed it to them on January 21, 1934, all because the whole world was celebrating the Jubilee Year of our Salvation. The plan of construction was made by engineer Simun Boras from Mostar and the construction was supervised by Ante Dugandzic Redzo from Medjugorje. The following year, on April 12, they organised a procession of penance to the top of Cross Mountain and Holy Mass was celebrated at the top. In September 1935, they celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, following the decree of the local Bishop at that time, Fr. Alojzije Misic. Cross Mountain has become one of the most visited pilgrims’ destinations in Medjugorje, and parishioners and pilgrims gather every Friday for the prayer of the Way of the Cross on this mountain. Last year, during the celebration of the 80th anniversary, a solemn academy was held and a documentary movie about the construction of the cross was also shown.