Many pilgrims gathered in Medjugorje also this year for Easter and all of them participated in the communion with parishioners in the liturgy of Easter Triduum. Pilgrims arrived from Poland, France, Belgium, India, Spain, Coast of Ivory, Germany, Austria, Korea, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, the United States, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, England, Ukraine, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Slovakia, India, Romania, and Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Pilgrims celebrated Holy Thursday Eucharist in the afternoon in their language groups and the Holy Mass of the Supper of our Lord was celebrated in the parish church by Fr. Perica Ostojic. Many faithful remained in the silent prayer after the Eucharistic celebration in the church.
Good Friday was a day of prayer on Cross Mountain in language groups, Fr. Marinko Sakota led the prayer of the Way of the Cross in Croatian language at 11 am. Many pilgrims climbed Cross Mountain from the early morning to late evening. Good Friday Services in different language groups took place in the afternoon, and in Croatian language it started at 6 pm. Fr. Vjekoslav Milicevic conducted this Service.
The Liturgy of Word in language groups took place on Saturday afternoon, and all pilgrims joined parishioners for Easter Vigil at 9 pm, when Fr. Marinko Sakota was the main celebrant. Fr. Zvonimir Pavicic sang Easter Exultet. Many local and foreign priests spent most of the day in the confessionals. (photos)
“Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
To all parishioners, pilgrims, friends, benefactors, and to all men of goodwill a
Blessed and Happy Easter!
Parish priest and the Franciscans
Uskrsna cestitka 2017 - fra Marinko Sakota
„That your love may increase ever more (Phil 1, 9) „In Our Lady’s School“
The 5th International Pilgrimage for Persons with Disabilities will be held in Medjugorje from June 15 – 18, 2017. Gathering and accommodation of pilgrims in homes of the parishioners shall take place on Thursday, June 15. What makes this pilgrimage more unique, it is the fact that parishioners of Medjugorje parish offer free accommodation to the participants. The Organisation Board of the Pilgrimage, along with the representatives of the local communities Medjugorje and Bijakovici, has made some decisions last year and those shall remain in force also this year, as follows:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (April 10- 12, 2017): Holy Masses in Croatian language are according to the regular schedule at 7.30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. Confessions shall take place before the morning Mass and in the afternoon from 4.30 p.m.
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. (photos)
The ambulance of the Order of Malta began with their activities in a new season in Medjugorje on this Palm Sunday. Their hours for urgent medicine are from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. They will continue to work until October 31, 2017.
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 4 pm, an hour-long press conference of the Special Envoy of the Holy See for Medjugorje, Dr. Henryk Hoser, was held in the Hall of St. John Paul II. Even though there were about fifty journalists registered, the interest for this event was much greater. (photos)
The long tradition of Mostar Duvno Diocese says that the whole week from the 5th Sunday of the Lent, until the Palm Sunday is offered for the prayer to prevent curses and blasphemous language in our people. All parishioners and pilgrims are invited to offer their prayer intentions, especially the Way of the Cross on Friday and to present those to the Lord as the atonement for all the pain He receives through slandering and blasphemous language.
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.
Mons. Henryk Hoser was born on November, 27, 1942 in Warsaw. He is a member of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Pallottines) and at the moment he is Bishop of Warsaw Praga. He studied medicine in his youth and worked as a doctor and assistant lecturer at the Academy of Medicine.
Dear brothers and sisters, I will speak in French, excuse me, for I have not yet learned the beautiful Croatian language!
We have gathered around the altar on the 5th Sunday of Lent. We have two more weeks from the Easter, and in a week time, it will be Palm Sunday, and in two weeks we are going to celebrate, at the end of Holy Week, the greatest Christian Feast Day - the Feast of the Resurrection. (photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 70 300
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 1475 (47 per day)
The office of Apostolic Nuncio for Bosnia and Herzegovina released information on March 31, 2017 that the Special Envoy of the Holy See for the parish of Medjugorje “shall have press meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 4 pm, with the respected representatives of the press, in the Hall of St. John Paul II, in the vicinity of the parish church in Medjugorje.” (kta)
Parish of St. Philip and James organised also this year a pilgrimage to Medjugorje for parents of children who will receive the sacraments of the Holy Communion and of the Holy Confirmation for the first time. This pilgrimage was held from March 24 -26, 2017.
After arriving to Sarajevo and paying visit to Mostar, the Special Envoy of the Holy See for the parish of Medjugorje, mons. Henryk Hoser, arrived to Medjugorje in the company of the Provincial of Herzegovina Neretva Province, Fr. Miljenko Steko. On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 29, he was welcomed by Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest, brothers Franciscans, Franciscan School Sisters werving in Medjugorje and gathered parishioners and pilgrims. (foto)