|Friday||May 29, 2009|
Our Lady Asks Us to Pray for Priests and Vocations Tonight
Millions of pilgrims have climbed Apparition Mountain over the years to attend Ivan’s prayer group apparitions. The prayer group started July 4, 1982, celebrating its 27th year this coming July. Ivan has said in speaking about the formation of the prayer group that, “It is only in this way that we will be in a position to help Her to accomplish Her plans for the world.” Though the pilgrims are not members of the group, their prayers combined with the prayer group at these mountain apparitions, help Our Lady to accomplish Her plans. Your prayers, said in union with Ivan and those on the mountain, help do the same.
Today, May 29, 2009, was a sunny cool day in Medjugorje. Later clouds drifted in and drops of rain fell as pilgrims finished the praying of the Rosary and the singing of the Litany of Mary at St. James Church.
Pilgrims gathered around the statue of Our Lady on Apparition Mountain in anticipation of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Ivan at his Friday night prayer group. They met tonight at the top of Apparition Mountain.
Small groups of people quietly prayed and sang together as early evening began. The sun finally left its trace as the horizon began to turn a dull red color.
As darkness arrived on this starless night, more people came as the singing grew louder and the praying of the Sorrowful Mysteries at the Rosary was begun by the prayer group.
Our Lady appeared to Ivan just before 10:00 p.m., and the apparition lasted approximately 8 minutes. After the apparition to Ivan on Apparition Mountain at 10:00p.m., Ivan said:
Afterwards Our Lady, especially for a time, with Her arms extended, prayed over all of us here. She especially prayed for the sick.
She then blessed us all with Her Motherly blessing and She blessed all that you brought to be blessed.
Apparition Mountain in Medjugorje at 7:30 p.m. As night begins to fall in Medjugorje, hearts begin to prepare for Our Lady’s coming. The crowds will increasingly fill up the empty spaces as the time approaches Rosary and apparition time.
After that, for a longer time, Our Lady especially prayed for priests and for vocations in the Church.
Then I prayed an Our Father and a Glory Be with Our Lady and Our Lady left in prayer in an illuminated sign of the cross with a greeting, ‘Go in peace my dear children.’
As you know, four days ago Our Lady gave a message for the entire world. That is the most recent message to which Our Lady calls us, and additionally today She especially calls us to pray for priests and for vocations in the Church.”
Community members are working long hours to meet the deadline date of June 1st for the launching of the new site at 12:00 noon, CST, this Monday. Though only 1/5th of the site will be completed, there still will be much to see, and we are excited seeing it coming together. We will continue to move forward to complete each section until its completion, adding to the new site several major sections per week.
A Friend of Medjugorje
Heaven opens up a window through a blanket of clouds tonight, as pilgrims began gathering for Our Lady’s apparition on Apparition Mountain for Ivan’s Prayer Group. This picture was taken at 7:30 p.m. Many of these pilgrims made the climb even hours before that—though the apparition would not take place until 10:00 p.m.