Welcoming words of Medjugorje parish priest, Fr. Marinko Sakota, given to Archbishop Hoser at the Holy Mass on April 1, 2017 in Medjugorje

date: 05.04.2017.

Highly respected and dear Archbishop Henryk Hoser!

My words are too small to express how I feel ever since February 11, 2017, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, when our dear Holy Father Francis appointed you as his personal Envoy for Medjugorje. I think that all of the Franciscans, all of nuns in this parish, as well as all of the parishioners and pilgrims gathered here and all over the world, feel the same. We all feel the grace being poured on us, as well as a joy coming out of our hearts. We got to be partakers of this great event, when after 36 years of huge graces of God in this parish and through this parish, in the whole world, we get to see that you come to us from our dear and close sister-land of Poland. You, Archbishop of Warsaw Praga, Henryk Hoser!

You, as a person of opened and wide heart, able to listen and to understand all that takes place here in the parish of Medjugorje and through Medjugorje, in the rest of the world!

So many graces have been poured here and so many prayers were said here! So many tears have been shed here! So many hearts of the individuals and of the families have experienced conversion, and later on the reconciliation after they have experienced merciful love of God in the prayer of Rosary, in the Eucharist, in confessions, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, veneration of the Cross, in fasting – either in the parish church, on Podbrdo or on Cross Mountain.

  Hearts of stones were broken and the chains of slavery to sin, hatred and addictions were broken in the experience of God’s love and kind presence of our dear Gospa! The seeds of priesthood and religious vocations were born here in hundreds of people from all over the world! Thousands of prayer groups all over the globe have been moved by the spirituality they received in this parish.          

We are the witnesses how Church is renewed here and how it lives in Medjugorje, where people gather in the prayer around Mother Mary, as the apostles used to do on the Feast of Pentecost.

            Thank you, respected and dear Archbishop Henryk Hoser! Thank you for having decided to come to Medjugorje and for celebrating with us the Holy Eucharist – the encounter of the opened and joyful hearts with our Lord, Jesus Christ, who is  the purpose of all that takes place here in Medjugorje!