On Saturday, August 4, the programme of the 29th International Prayer Encounter of the Youth, continued in Medjugorje. The prayer at 9 am was led by Fr. Marinko Sakota, the parish priest and the catechesis this morning was given by the Apostolic Visitor for Medjugorje parish, Mons. Henryk Hoser...(photos)
Dear young brothers and sisters in Christ!
As I look at you all here with joy – full of youth and future – I am greeting you all in this Medjugorje communion of so many different people and cultures.
The central event of the International Prayer Encounter also this day was Holy Mass, celebrated by Fr. Marinko Sakota, Medjugorje parish priest, with 570 priests concelebrating.(photos)
“Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?
The world championship in high jumps, Croatian athlete Blanka Vlasic, spoke on August 2, and shared her testimony with the Youth Festival participants in Medjugorje. She spoke about her life, her career and the moment of her conversion, faith in God and how much He means to her.
„ Look to God that you may be radiant with joy and your faces may not blush for shame“. David’s Psalm 34
How unusual it is that in one small sentence from the ancient David’s psalm it is so tightly put who God is what He is doing.
On Thursday, August 2, the young people were already up at 6 am to pray joyful mysteries on Apparition Hill. The programme of the Festival continued at 9 am at the White Dome with the morning prayer of Fr. Marinko Sakota, the coordinator of the Festival, and continued with the catechesis given by Fr. Ante Vuckovic. . ...(photos)
In order for the Youth Festival to be running in the best way possible, the young volunteers, the members of YouFra Medjugorje are trying to do their best. 150 volunteers, led by their spiritual assistant Fr. Perica Ostojić are there at disposal to the pilgrims.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, send a message to the youth in Medjugorje and said: „Dear young friends in the Lord! Again, you gathered in such a great number for the Youth Festival in Medjugorje. Again, as in the previous years, I wish to send you my warmest greetings, but this year we have a special opportunity to be especially grateful!
Also this year during the International Prayer Encounter for the Youth in Medjugorje, participants are able to write their prayer intentions on the banner 100 meters long, prepared by community Cenacolo members. They are welcome to write their spiritual thoughts, thanksgiving to God and this banner will be presented in the eucharistic prayer on the last day of the Encounter, August 5.
Medjugorje in these days is all about the youth again, as the 29th International Prayer Encounter of the Youth (Youth Festival) started, this year held with the theme “Living on the Word of God”. The official beginning was on Wednesday, August 1, with the Holy Mass at the White Dome. The priests entered in a solemn procession with the song Hosana, performed by the International Choir and Orchestra. ...(photos)
Dear youth and all of you, brothers and sisters gathered here,
We just read two excerpts from the Holy Bible given in today’s liturgical readings. ... (photos)
On Thursday, August 2, the first full day of the Youth Festival, Rosary took place on Apparition Hill from 6 am with all of the youth participating. The morning programme continues from 9 am at the White Dome with prayer, catechesis of Fr. Ante Vuckovic and testimonies.
On Wednesday, August 1, young people from Virovitica, Vinkovci, Petrinja and Ogulin (Croatia) came for the Youth Festival. They began their journey on July 27 and travelled for 700 kilometres in these days. The first thing they did upon their arrival was a prayer before the Statue of Our Lady outside St. James’ church. ...(photos)
Number of Holy Communions: 155 000
Number of priests that concelebrated at Holy Masses: 5686 (183 per day)