MEDJUGORJE,
34 years with the Virgin Mary

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Since the beginning of Her Marian Work in the southern hemisphere in the year 2007 until now, the Blessed Virgin Mary has invited us to direct our attention to the great Work that she realizes in the northern hemisphere through Medjugorje.

Her words suggest that we unite ourselves in heart and in fraternity to this Marian Center, accompanying and welcoming in our inner the instructions and messages that She gives humanity through six visionaries that have accompanied her for more than 30 years.

In November of 2012 in an Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Marian Center of Aurora we made Her an offer: to publish in this "Portal of Peace" a calendar announcing month by month Her Apparitions in Medjugorje.

She accepted it thankfully and said to us that this action would internally unite Her task in the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere.

 

The end result is that all can unite in heart in each moment that the Virgin Mary, Mother of Heaven, approaches to the Earth, so that in the attunement of this true union of hearts, souls and spirits, the light expands itself and can come to all creatures.

We invite all to pray and to accompany with devotion all the co-redeeming work that our Mother brings forward together with Her Son at the request of the Creator Father.

We have prepared this space especially for those people who do not know what Medjugorje is, so that it can be a bridge through which each heart can awaken to this beautiful reality that emerges in the hills and valleys of a humble village of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Brothers and sisters, we introduce this sacred place where gather yearly millions of pilgrims from all over the world, who in devotion approach themselves to pray and to accompany the monthly Apparitions that the Blessed Virgin Mary realizes.

Since the beginning of Her work and until today Medjugorje has received more than 30 million pilgrims in the longest and most intense period of Apparitions of Our Lady on our planet.



WHERE IS MEDJUGORJE?

In the Balkan peninsula in Eastern Europe, in the countryside of the split up Yugoslavia, in a small country called Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is a small rural village whose population has always lived basically from agriculture.

Medjugorje means "in the middle of the hills".


WHEN AND WHERE DID THE APPARITIONS BEGIN?

In the afternoon of the 24th of June of 1981, at 6 PM, on the hill Podbrdo, now called Hill of the Apparitions.

There, 4 youngsters, still adolescents (Ivanka, Mirjana, Vicka and Ivan) saw Our Lady. In a first moment they felt joy, then they were frightened and ran away. The following day they felt in the heart an invitation and returned to the hill with two other youngsters (Marija e Jakov), completing the group.

After praying for a while they saw again, in the distance, Our Lady who extended Her arms wanting to embrace them. The six ran fast towards Her. In this way, on the 25th day of June of 1981, the young visionaries could really be with the Virgin Mary, who soon appeared in other places: in the houses, in the meadows, at the edge of the paths, inside the mother church.

Soon after that She revealed Her desire that the commemorative party of Her Apparitions be celebrated on 25th of June, the day in which the visionaries approached Her for the first time.


IN THE MARIAN CENTERS OF AURORA AND FIGUEIRA THE VIRGIN MARY HAS PRESENTED HERSELF AS "MOTHER OF THE DIVINE CONCEPTION OF THE TRINITY." HOW DID SHE PRESENT HERSELF IN MEDJUGORJE?

Three days after Her first apparition, the Virgin Mary declared Herself to be the "Queen of Peace" (the following day 15.000 people gathered to be with Her in adoration).


HOW MANY VISIONARIES ARE THERE IN MEDJUGORJE TODAY?

Six in total, the ones who from the beginning have accompanied Our Lady in Her apparitions. At the beginning She appeared to them daily, changing this frequency little by little, according to the quantity of secrets revealed to each one of them.

The actual situation is that three of them have already received ten secrets and the other three, just nine.

All of them continue dedicating their lives to the mission entrusted to them by the Queen of Peace.


WHO ARE THEY?

The ones who have 9 secrets:

Vicka - Born in 1964, she lives currently in Krehin Grac, near Medjugorje where she assists the pilgrims. She is the recipient of the notes of the history of the life of Our Lady (dictated by Her) written in a way that protects them until the Virgin Mary gives her permission for them to be read. She has daily Apparitions in private encounters.

Marija - Born in 1965. He lives in Monza, in Italy, and frequently goes to Medjugorje. Through her, since 1984, the Virgin Mary delivers a message that is quickly published in the world in several languages. The message, together with the public Apparition, occurs on the 25th day of each month. There are also daily Apparitions.

Iván – Born in 1965. spending a part of the year in the US and the other part in Medjugorje. In the last ten years has travelled the world taking the message of the Virgin Mary to a great number of people that includes presidents, politicians, ambassadors, personalities in public life and to all of those that do not have the resources to go to Medjugorje. He realizes prayer meetings in his house. Our Lady appears daily to him and some of these Apparitions are public.

The ones who have 10 secrets:

Mirjana – Born in 1965, living with her family in Medjugorje and since 1983 has yearly Apparitions always on 18th day of March (her birthday), and monthly and public Apparitions on the 2nd day of each month.

Ivanka – Born in 1966 and lives in Medjugorje. She is the visionary who least appears in public. She has yearly private Apparitions always on the 25th of June (anniversary of the Apparitions).

Jakov – When Our Lady appeared for the first time, the visionary Jakov was ten years old. He is the youngest of the group born in 1971. He resides in Medjugorje and dedicates himself to assisting the pilgrims. He has yearly Apparitions on 25th of December.


THROUGH MEDJUGORJE, THE VIRGIN MARY MADE SOME REQUESTS TO HUMANITY. SOME OF THEM ARE:

  • Participation in the Holy Mass, if possible, daily.
  • Monthly confession.
  • Adoration of the Most Holy.
  • Daily reading of the Bible to practice it and of the Gospel on Tuesdays.
  • Daily prayer of the Rosary.
  • Works of charity and mercy.
  • Fast of bread and water, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
  • Prayer with the heart.


AS IN ALL HER APPARITIONS THROUGHOUT HISTORY, THE VIRGIN MARY ENTRUSTS HER VISIONARIES WITH SOME SECRETS THAT WILL BE REVEALED BY HER INDICATION, AT THE OPPORTUNE MOMENT.

In the case of Medjugorje, the secrets communicated by Our Lady are registered in a scroll safeguarded by Mirjana and will only be revealed when the Virgin Mary authorizes it. When this happens, the visionary will share them with the Franciscan priest Pedro Ljubicic, approved by the Virgin Mary, and whose task will be to reveal all the secrets to the world three days before they are completed.

In Medjugorje all await with expectation these revelations and affirm that, in the moment when the secrets are completed, the spiritual life of the world will be transformed and humanity will begin to believe in the Divine, as it was in the first times.


ECUMENICAL EXPERIENCE

The ecumenical experience inside Medjugorje is a comforting reality. Exponents of several religious traditions are positively impressed with the faith and the spirit of prayer that is lived in this Marian Center.

"The Catholic tradition regarding Mary has caused me fear for a long time, because amongst us She does not have such a distinguished position. It was next to Medjugorje that I realized that Mary brings Christ", said David Duplessis, a Pentecost of great force of personality and deep spirituality.

A religious Muslim, a follower of Sufism, reacted very positively when attending the Apparitions:
"I felt a great energy inside of me, and I felt like screaming; I even thought I would go into ecstasy...I decided to spend the whole night in prayer..."

Other testimonials of strong ecumenism strength were offered by a number of Orthodox believers. Filled with joy, with tears in their eyes, they embraced Catholic brothers and sisters in the presence of Our Lady.

About this theme, She has said to us:
"One cannot be a Christian without respecting the others, be they Muslim or Orthodox... In God there are no divisions or so many religions. It was you who created the divisions in the whole world. The only Mediator is Jesus".


IN THE MIDDLE EAST

In November of 2012, the visionary Ivan visited Lebanon for four days, when he was accompanied by a multitude who took the Rosary in their hands. Patriarchs from the East and other religious participated in the ceremonies of consecration in that country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.