Tens of thousands of believers from all over the world yesterday experienced special emotions in Medjugorje on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady, where pilgrims from more than 20 countries came with their votive prayers and penances to seek spiritual peace.
Mass celebrations and prayer rites were held in the church from the early hours of the morning in different languages of the world and messages of peace, love and consolation were sent to believers with many blessings.
The central evening mass at 7 p.m., which gathered more than 20,000 faithful in front of the outer altar, was led by the Provincial of the Franciscan Province of Herzegovina, Fr Miljenko Steko, who recalled the unusual event there was 40 when Our Lady first appeared in Medjugorje in front of six innocent children.
“There is a story of these indelible 40 years that took its unique eloquence from the phenomenon of Medjugorje, which breathes today in the church and with the church, collecting all the graces that the merciful God has poured out here. Thank you, Our Lady, for this gracious story, thank you, Queen of peace because above the thorns of this stone you have imprinted the fullness of your love in our lives, embraced us with your heavenly embrace, and gave us the warmth of your motherly love heart. Thank you for every sense of peace as we come from your hectic daily life to your statue, to your beauty, we stop and fold our hands, grateful that you have chosen our afflicted people and lowered your hand and embraced us with your kindness and your grace, ”said, among others, Provincial Steko in his sermon.
The stories and emotions of many people testified that they were able to find love, blessing and peace of mind yesterday in Medjugorje.
Rita Spina from Italy said yesterday that she felt blessed because she is in Medjugorje and after coming to this pilgrimage she will not be sad as she will have to go into quarantine when she returns to her country.
“I just felt like I had to be here today and my happiness is endless. What I feel cannot be described, ”said an Italian pilgrim yesterday.
Emotions were also shown by Betty, Hanna and Shamon from the Kingdom of Sweden because, as they said in Medjugorje, after a difficult journey, they found the blessing and peace they needed, Klix