|Friday||August 29, 2008|
Ivan’s August 29, 2008 Prayer Group Apparition
Ivan can be seen, along with members of his prayer group, leading the thousands of pilgrims present in prayer, praying the Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition.
A small group of pilgrims began gathering around 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Blue Cross. As day turned into night, the sky was filled with thousands of bright stars. A steady stream of pilgrims continued to gather in every available space near and around the Blue Cross until there were thousands to pilgrims present, praying in preparation for Our Lady’s apparition to Ivan. It was a beautiful night filled with song and prayer, as each heart anticipated the moment that the Queen of Heaven would be before them.
There was about an hour of singing before the Rosaries began, starting around 8:15 p.m. At 9:15 p.m., Ivan announced that we would begin to pray the Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. A few minutes before 10:00 p.m., all grew silent as Ivan announced that it was time for the apparition. Our Lady appeared for almost 8 minutes tonight. The following is Ivan’s description of the apparition with Our Lady:
Pilgrims, moments after the apparition of Our Lady to Ivan.
“ Tonight when Our Lady came She was very, very happy. She greeted us by saying “Praised be Jesus my dear little children.” Our Lady then prayed for a long time for the conversion of sinners (perhaps because just hours before, the statue of Our Lady on Apparition Hill was desecrated, breaking Our Lady’s marble image’s arm and nose). Our Lady then prayed for a long time with Her hands extended overall of us present. She prayed especially for all sick people present tonight. After, Our Lady continued to pray with Her hands extended over all of us. She then blessed us all with Her Motherly Blessing. She blessed all the religious articles, rosaries, everything we brought for Her blessing. Ivan recommended all of our needs, our families and especially all of the sick. Ivan then spoke with Our Lady privately for a short time. After we prayed with Our Lady an Our Father and a Glory Be and then Our Lady left saying, “Go in peace my dear little children.” This is what is most important this evening with the apparition with Our Lady.”
The statue on Apparition Hill was vandalized some time last night. The Community of Caritas members were told earlier through Marija, that the left arm and nose were broken. It has been reported to the police and is under investigation at this time.
This picture shows some of the thousands of pilgrims gathered at the Blue Cross, leaving after the apparition was over.