Showing posts with label Virgin Mary. Show all posts
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Birthday Party for Mother Mary

September 8 is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church. Tonight, my wife and I attended a birthday party for our Holy Mother at the home of fellow parishioners. We started with a Rosary, then had dinner, cake, and a toast in honor of Our Lady. Such a wonderful evening!
























Sunday, September 2, 2018

In Medjugorje with Julie

Two months ago, my wife, Julie, returned to the practice of the Catholic faith, after 33 years of being away. Her return journey started one year ago, on September 2, in Medjugorje, when she had some powerful experiences on Apparition Hill, where the initial apparitions of the Virgin Mary are said to have happened in 1981, and where many of the ongoing apparitions are also said to be taking place. Below are pictures from our experience in Medjugorje.

She wrote about the story of her return at her blog: The 32 Year Minute


Julie after her experiences on Apparition Hill.



In the home of Vicka, one of the visionaries. The home is now open for anyone as a place of prayer. The statue in the background marks the spot where Vicka is said to have experienced dialy visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary for years. The spot was charged with incredible spiritual energy.



The home of Vicka, one of the visionaries. The home is now open for anyone as a place of prayer.



The statue of the Queen of Peace at the site where the apparitions are said to have started. The statue was a gift of Korean Catholics to Medjugorje.



Pilgrims pray at the statue of the Queen of Peace on Apparition Hill.



Stuate of the Queen of Peace overlooking Medjugorje.



Stuate of the Queen of Peace overlooking Medjugorje.



Stuate of the Queen of Peace overlooking Medjugorje.



There is no path leading up to Apparition Hill. Pilgrims must climb over jagged rocks to reach the shrine above.



View from Apparition Hill.



On the third day of the apparitions, Marija, one of the visionaries, is said to have had a vision of Mary standing in front of a wooden cross on this spot on Apparition Hill. According to her, the vision relayed the following message: "Peace, peace, peace! Be reconciled! Only peace. Make your peace with God and among yourselves. For that, it is necessary to believe, to pray, to fast, and to go to confession." The wooden cross now at the site was placed there in later years to commemorate this vision.



On the third day of the apparitions, Marija, one of the visionaries, is said to have had a vision of Mary on this spot on Apparition Hill. According to her, the vision relayed the following message: "Peace, peace, peace! Be reconciled! Only peace. Make your peace with God and among yourselves. For that, it is necessary to believe, to pray, to fast, and to go to confession." A part of this message is on the plaque next to the cross in Croatian.



Plaque bearing words attributed to the Virgin Mary on the third day of the apparitions in 1981.



Crowds wait in preparation for an apparition of the Virign Mary to the visionary Mirjana, who is said to be experiencing apparitions on the second of every month.



Statue of the Queen of Peace by the Blue Cross, where Mirjana is always situated when she is said to be experiencing a vision of Mary on the second of each month.



Julie climbing up to the shrine on Apparition Hill. Given her weak back and knees, a climb like this would normally cause her a lot of pain. But she felt no pain during the climb or after she descended from the hill.



With Julie at the shrine on Apparition Hill.



The Church of St. James in Medjugorje. Interestingly, long before the alleged apparitions started, a church far too big for the town was constructed in the town center. The church was also named after St. James, the patron saint of pilgrims. Since the visions are said to have started, an estimated 40 million pilgrims have traveled to Medjugorje.



St. James Church in Medjugorje.



St. James Church in Medjugorje.



St. James Church in Medjugorje.



Interior of St. James Church in Medjugorje. Interestingly, no image was placed behind the altar in the original design. Perhaps an image of Our Lady of Medjugorje will go there one day?



Statue of the Virgin Mary inside St. James Church in Medjugorje. Some of the early visions are said to have taken place inside the church.



Stained glass windows inside St. James Church in Medjugorje.



St. James Church at night.



The exterior altar behind St. James Church.



Italian language Sunday Mass at the exterior altar behind St. James Church.



Many priests concelebrate at the Italian language Sunday Mass at the exterior altar behind St. James Church.



The exterior altar behind St. James Church.



Statue of the Virgin Mary inside exterior altar behind St. James Church.



Panel from a Rosary walk behind St. James Church.



Panel from a Stations of the Cross walk near St. James Church.



Abstract crucifix behind St. James Church.



Julie in Medjugorje.



Julie by the Blue Cross, where Mirjana is said to be experiencing visions of the Virgin Mary on the second of each month.



Statue of the Queen of Peace at the square in front of St. James Church.



Statue of the Queen of Peace at the square in front of St. James Church.



Statue of the Queen of Peace at the square in front of St. James Church.



Statue of the Queen of Peace at the square in front of St. James Church.



Statue of the Queen of Peace at the square in front of St. James Church.



Street sign in Medjugorje.



Street sign in Medjugorje.



The image of Our Lady of Medjugorje painted on the basis of descriptions by the visionaries. The image is displayed inside the social hall of St. James Parish. The visionaries say that the image they see is far more beautiful than the painting.



Sunset in Medjugorje.



Cross Mountain at the outskirts of Medjugorje, where a giant concrete cross was erected by the townspeople, decades before the apparitions are said to have started.



Cross Mountain.



The way up to Cross Mountain is also full of jagged rocks.



The way up to Cross Mountain is also full of jagged rocks.



The Stations of the Cross line the way up to Cross Mountain at intervals.



The view from Cross Mountain.



The view from Cross Mountain.



The giant concrete cross atop Cross Mountain.



At the top of Cross Mountain.



Statue of the Queen of Peace overlooking Medjugorje, the town where she so clearly reigns.