Many pilgrims arrived this year from various countries to be here in Medjugorje during the Feast of Corpus Christi. There were groups from Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, France, Latvia, United States, Germany, Austria, England, Ireland and of course, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to the heavy rain, we could not have traditional procession with the Blessed Sacrament, and instead of that there was Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Along with many mentioned pilgrims from various countries, there were members of historical military groups of Croatian Army from Sibenik, Ogulin and Vinkovici. Wearing their traditional and beautiful uniforms, they were indeed genuine attraction wherever they showed up and they also led different mysteries of the Rosary at 6 p.m. in the church of St. James.
Josko Babacic, commander of Sibenik City Guard, said the following to Radio Station Mir Medjugorje: “We had huge honour of leading the decades of the Rosary in the church of St. James on Wednesday evening, in front of so many different people, and that will always remain as wonderful memory, and surely we will come again.”
Hrvoje Smiljanic, vice-president of Croatian Falcon Vinkovci and leader of Falcon Guard from Vinkovic, spoke in the same spirit: “I think I will have the huge problem next year, since all of the members of the Guard will surely want to come. The impressions are just great. You could feel immense spirituality as well as the incredible connection of thousands of the people from all around the church and of us who were inside.
It was very impressive to see those young, strong men praying and leading the prayer of the Rosary. That was priceless experience.”
Petar Markovic, Secretary of Frankopan Guard Ogulin added how he came to Medjguorje in 1999 for the first time, and ever since that year he has been regular pilgrim who is thrilled with spirituality in Medjugorje.
Besides visiting places of prayer in Medjugorje, these soldiers visited Franciscan Monastery in Humac, and at the very end, they expressed their desire to make this traditional pilgrimage that will take place every year for the Feast of Corpus Christi. (photo)