|Friday||August 15, 2008|
Our Lady Gives Solution for the Spiritual Renewal of the World
This picture was taken at 8:10 p.m. Already a very large number of pilgrims were gathered, prayerfully preparing for the moment that they would be kneeling before their Queen.
Pilgrims were already journeying to Apparition Hill for the feast of the Assumption as early as 3 a.m. this morning in Medjugorje, with a steady stream of pilgrims through the village and up the Hill all day to pay homage to their Queen on Her feast day. Holy Mass began in St. James Church at 5:00 a.m. and continued on the hour until early afternoon.
Around 7:30 p.m., a large crowd of pilgrims was already gathering to sing and pray in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition to Ivan at 10:00 p.m. on top of Apparition Hill. By 8:15 p.m. when the pre-Rosary songs began, all areas around the top of Apparition Hill and the main pathways to the top of the Hill were filling up fast as groups poured in from all sides to get close to Our Lady. At around 9:15 p.m., when Ivan and his prayer group began the prayer of the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s coming, there were wall-to-wall pilgrims as far as you could see from the top of the Hill. There were even small groups of last-minute pilgrims that snuck in at the top of the hill as the second Rosary before the apparition time was concluded. By the time Our Lady appeared to Ivan, there were several thousands of pilgrims packed on Apparition Hill.
This picture was taken just a half an hour after the above picture, at 8:40 p.m. There was a continuous flow of pilgrims coming up Apparition Hill from before 7:00 p.m. until the very moment Our Lady appeared at 10:00 p.m.
Our Lady was truly showing us She was with us on Her feast day, as the wind grew stronger and stronger as the apparition time approached. The entire time Our Lady was with us, the wind was very powerful. She was indeed present tonight in the wind and in Her encouraging words.
Ivan began the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary at 9:15 p.m. and then began the Glorious Mysteries. After the 4th Glorious Mystery, it was announced that it was time for the apparition. Almost everyone on Apparition Hill knelt to receive Our Lady. Our Lady appeared around 10:00 p.m. and the apparition lasted about 8 minutes. The following is a description of Our Lady’s apparition to Ivan during his prayer group meeting on top of Apparition Hill on the Feast of the Assumption.
Tonight Our Lady came exceptionally joyful and happy. When She came She greeted all of us with Her Motherly greeting saying, “Praised be Jesus, my dear children, my dear little children.” She then prayed over all of us with Her hands extended. In a special way She prayed over those who are sick, present on the hill. She then blessed us with Her Motherly Blessing. She blessed all of the religious articles that have been brought for blessing. Ivan recommended all of us, all of our needs, and all of our intentions. In a special way again, he recommended all of the sick. With Her hands extended, Our Lady continued to pray over all of us. And then She said:
“Dear children, also today I call all of you with responsibility to accept my messages. Live, dear children, my messages. Today, in a special way, I call you, renew family prayer. Dear children, only by the renewal of the family prayer can today’s world be renewed spiritually. Spiritual renewal, dear children, is necessary for today’s world. Dear children, know that the Mother prays with you. The Mother intercedes with Her Son for all of you. The Mother loves all of you. Dear children, thank you for having responded to my call.”
Afterwards, Ivan prayed together with Our Lady an Our Father and Glory Be. There was a brief conversation between them. And then Our Lady left in an illuminated Sign of the Cross, with the greeting, “Go in peace, my dear children.”
A Friend of Medjugorje is out of town right now, and when he was read the message over the phone, his comment was that this message is exactly was July 1-5 was about. If we want our Nation healed, it will come only through the family not through the presidents.
July 1-5, we consecrated ourselves, our families, and our Nation to God. For the Consecration Prayers that were prayed July 1-5, for our Families, Click Here...
We encourage everyone to pray the Special Consecration of the Family, especially in light of Our Lady’s message above to Ivan.
As pilgrims gathered on top of Apparition Hill to prepare for Our Lady’s apparition, many were graced with this beautiful sunset as they contemplated that soon the Queen of Heaven would be descending down to earth to give us Her blessing.