33 Years of Apparitions
Queen of Peace
Medjugorje is one of the villages of the Western Herzegovina
municipality of Citluk in the former Yugoslavia. The name Medjugorje is Slavic
and means "area between two moutains". This true story takes
place in the Bijakovici section of Medjugorje.
On the afternoon of June 24, 1981, two girls, Ivanka Ivankovic, age 15, and
Mirjana Dragicevic, age 16, were returning home from a walk. Looking toward the
hill called Crnica, Ivanka saw a bright silhouette of a woman. She said to
Mirjana, "It is the Gospa!" (Our Lady).
On June 25, the two girls returned to the hill with four others. Their names
are, Vicka Ivankovic, age 16, Ivan Dragivevic, age 16, Maria Pavlovic, age 16 and
Jakov Colo, age 10.
A figure in white was calling them to come up the hill. The children were
somehow transported in some mysterious way to a beautiful Lady who calls
herself, the Queen of Peace.
The Lady gives messages to the seers for the whole world. To date, the Queen of
Peace has left thousands of messages. At first, the messages were almost daily.
Now, for the past several years, they come on the 25th of each month.
The visionaries describe Our Lady as
beautiful beyond words; radiant with holiness. Her conversations with the
children have taken the form of motherly tenderness and love, and she
has taken the role of both mother and catechist in advising and directing their
lives. She greets them with, "Praised be Jesus, my dear children." At the end of
the apparition she says, "Go in peace, my dear children." She appears to the six
visionaries as a three-dimensional real image and always appears amid brilliant
flashes of light. Her appearances generally take place about 6:40 pm every day.
In Medjugorje, thousands of people come daily at this time to participate in the
event with prayer, song, the rosary and the Mass, which is often concelebrated
by thirty or more priests. The entire evening service lasts about three hours.
And this has been happening daily since 1981!
During the apparitions, the visionaries do not react to light, they do not
hear any earthly sound, they do not react to being touched. They have been
subjected to many scientific tests even during the apparitions, and the findings
are well documented. While with Our Lady, they feel they are outside time and
All the visionaries
declare in substance:
- We see the Blessed Virgin as we see all other people.
We pray, we speak with her and we touch her.
- She stressed: "Peace in the world is in a state of
crisis. Mankind must be reconciled with God and with one another."
- She promises us she will leave a visible sign at the
place of the apparitions in Medjugorje, for all humanity.
- The Blessed Mother promised to confide secrets to us.
- This time, this period of grace, is urgent. After the
visible sign, those still living will have little time for conversion. For
that reason, the Blessed Virgin invites us to urgent reconciliation and
- The Blessed Mother continues to invite us to prayer
and fasting: "You have forgotten that with prayer and fasting you can stop
a war from happening. You can suspend natural laws."
to the united testimony of the visionaries, Our Lady, on the occasion of her
apparition gave a series of messages, to be transmitted to the people. Even
though there are many messages, they can be summarized in five themes,
because all the messages basically underline or lead up to these five. General
themes of the messages:
"Peace, peace, peace and only peace". (June 25, 1981)
Mary has told the children that she is Queen of Peace and she
invites us to peace in four ways: peace in our hearts through reconciliation.
This is achieved through her request for monthly confession; peace in our family
by making God the center of our homes; peace in the community by love and
forgiveness of our neighbor. Finally, peace in the world by conversion and union
Faith - believe in God. It may sound simplistic, but in this
world of unbelief and pagan lifestyles - belief in God is of major importance.
In response to the children's questions, our Lady said her favorite prayer is
"The Creed", and she urged that we pray it often.
"You of the parish, be converted: this is my second wish. In
so doing, all those who come here will be able to do likewise". (March 8, 1984)
"Tell all my sons and my daughters, tell all the world. as soon as possible, that
I wish for conversion; the only word I say to the world is: Be converted".
"Without prayer there is no peace. Therefore, dear children,
I urge you to pray for peace before the Cross". (September 6, 1984) "Today I
wish to make you this request: PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY! In prayer you will find
the solution to every difficult situation. Thank you for the progress you are
making in prayer! Each on of you is dear to my heart, and I thank all those who
have encouraged prayer within their families". (March 28, 1985)
The Virgin Mary asks that we fast on bread and water on
Wednesday and Friday. If we can not fast on bread and water, we should fast from
other pleasures, such as television, and things that distract us from prayer.
Fasting and prayer together are necessary to help us convert. It shows us our
dependence on God and opens our hearts to His grace. Fasting takes power away
from the devil.
Our Lady began imparting secrets to the visionaries in Medjugorje very early on.
She has told the visionaries that each of them would receive ten secrets. Our
Lady has imparted these secrets to the six visionaries progressively over these
past 18 years. Three visionaries have received all ten, and subsequently, they
have stopped having the daily apparition with Our Lady. The other three each
have nine. The secrets pertain to the visionaries themselves, to the Church, to
the sign, to all humanity, and to everyone, and to the whole world and to
Medjugorje. The ninth and tenth secrets are grave matters. They are a
chastisement for the sins of the world. The punishment is inevitable because we
cannot expect the conversion of the entire world. The chastisement can be
mitigated by prayers and penance. It cannot be suppressed. An evil which
threatened the world, according to the seventh secret, had been eliminated
through prayer and fasting according to Mirjana.
The Warnings and Lasting Sign
Before the visible sign is given to humanity, there will be three warnings to
the world. The warnings will be warnings on the earth. Mirjana will witness
them. Three days before one of these warnings, she will advice a priest of her
choice. Mirjana's testimony will be a confirmation of the apparitions and an
incentive for the conversion of the world. After these warnings, the visible
sign will be given for all humanity at the place of the apparitions in
Medjugorje. The sign will be given as the testimony of the apparitions and a
call back to faith.
After the first warning, the others will follow within a rather brief period of
time. It is so that people will have time for conversion. This time is a period
of grace and conversion. After the visible sign, those who are still alive will
have little time for conversion. For that reason, the Blessed Virgin calls for
urgent conversion and reconciliation. The invitation to prayer and penance is
destined to ward off evil and war and above all save souls. We are close to the
events predicted by the Blessed Virgin. Convert yourselves as quickly as
possible. Open your hearts to God. This is a message to all mankind.
The news that Our Lady might be appearing
immediately began to attract pilgrims to Medjugorje, first from the surrounding
countryside, and then, despite the communist government of that day, from Europe
and the whole world. These included clergy and theologians, as well as experts
from the physical and medical sciences who testified to some kind of phenomenon
taking place when the apparition was said to be occurring. The private judgement
of these early visitors did much to bolster people's belief in the events at
Medjugorje. In addition, some pilgrims reported seeing the sun spin and being
able to look at it without pain or eye damage, others that their rosaries turned
gold colored, still others that remarkable physical or spiritual/moral healings
had taken place. All of these contributed to the fame of the alleged apparition.
appeared to the visionary Marija and delivered the following message
to the world:
- October 25, 2014
“Dear children! Pray in
this time of grace and seek the intercession of all the saints who
are already in the light. From day to day may they be an example and
encouragement to you on the way of your conversion. Little children,
be aware that your life is short and passing. Therefore, yearn for
eternity and keep preparing your hearts in prayer. I am with you and
intercede before my Son for each of you, especially for those who
have consecrated themselves to me and to my Son. Thank you for
having responded to my call.”
Our Lady's message
given to Mirjana on the day for Non-Believers
- October 2, 2014
“Dear children, with motherly love I
implore you, love one another. May there be in your hearts, as my Son desired
from the very beginning, love for the Heavenly Father and for your neighbour in
the first place — above everything of this world. My dear children, do you not
recognise the signs of the times? Do you not recognise that all of this that is
around you, all that is happening, is because there is no love? Comprehend that
salvation is in true values. Accept the might of the Heavenly Father, love him
and honour him. Walk in the footsteps of my Son. You, my children, my dear
apostles, you are always gathering around me anew, because you are thirsty. You
thirst for peace, love and happiness. Drink out of my hands. My hands are
offering to you my Son who is the spring of clear water. He will bring your
faith back to life and purify your hearts, because my Son loves pure hearts and
pure hearts love my Son. Only pure hearts are humble and have firm faith. I ask
for such hearts of you, my children. My Son told me that I am the mother of the
entire world. I ask of those of you who accept me as such to help me, with your
life, prayer and sacrifice, for all of my children to accept me as a mother—so
that I may lead them to the spring of the clear water. Thank you. My dear
children, as your shepherds offer you the Body of my Son with their blessed
hands, always in your hearts give thanks to my Son for the Sacrifice and for the
shepherds that he always gives you anew. ”
Millions of people of all faiths, from all over the world,
have visited Medjugorje and have many stories to relate of miracles, visuals and
Our Lady says: "You have forgotten that with prayer and fasting you can ward off
wars, and suspend natural laws".
Ivan Dragicevic Marija Pavlovic
Mirjana Dragicevic Vicka Ivankovic
Marija Pavlovic Lunetti: Born April 1, 1965. Marija receives the monthly
messages for the world from Our Lady. She has received nine secrets and has
visions daily. She was married in 1993 and has four sons. The family resides in
Ivanka Ivankovic Elez:
Born June 21, 1966. Ivanka has received all ten secrets.
She sees Our Lady annually on the anniversary of the apparitions. She is
married, lives in the parish of Medjugorje and has three children.
Mirjana Dragicevic Soldo: Born Mary 18, 1965. A college graduate from the
University of Sarajevo, she is married, lives in the parish of Medjugorje, and
has two daughters. Mirjana has received all ten secrets and now sees Our Lady
annually on her birthday and at special times of need.
Ivan Dragicevic: Born May 25, 1965. Married to an American woman and now makes
Boston, Mass. his home; they spend the summers in Medjugorje. They have three
children. Ivan has nine secrets and continues to see Our Lady daily.
Vicka Ivankovic: Born September 3, 1964. Just recently married, January 26,
2002, she and her new husband live in the parish of Medjugorje. Vicka has nine
secrets and sees Our Lady daily. She gave birth to a daughter, Marija, January
Jakov Colo: Born March 6, 1971. Jakov, an only child, was only 10 years old when
the apparitions began and shortly thereafter both of his parents died. He has
ten secrets and sees Our Lady annually on Christmas Day. He is married and lives
in the parish of Medjugorje; he and his wife have three children.
WHAT DOES THE CHURCH HAVE TO SAY?
Local Church leaders sometimes feel they must keep Medjugorje under "wraps"
until formal Church approval is given. However, Rome has established for itself
a very different pastoral response; a response of support rather than distance.
The support, of course, is low keyed and provisional, so as not to short cut the
on-going process that will lead to a final definitive judgement. The process,
historically, has only granted full recognition to world-scale apparitions when
they have come to their conclusion. FATIMA was formally recognized 13 years
later, and GUADALUPE 200 years later.
An informal type of recognition is granted to apparitions while they are still
happening. It is granted as a result of careful and continuing scrutiny of their
content and fruits. This kind of provisional approval is important because it
provides exactly the kind of guidance that Church leaders around the world need
from Rome, as to how much influence an apparition should be allowed to exert
while it is still going on. The Vatican and the Yugoslavian Bishops have granted
to Medjugorje the fullest possible measure of INFORMAL APPROVAL. The Pope
writes: To Bishop Krueger (Brazil) "Medjugorje is a great center of
spirituality" To Bishop Paul Hnlica (Czechoslovakia) " Yes, today the world has
lost the sense of the supernatural. In M, many have looked for it and found it
in prayer, fasting, and confession." To Cardinal Franizec Tomizec (Poland): "If
I were not Pope, I would long since have gone there to assist at the work with
the pilgrims". To the American Bishop's questions: " Let the people go there,
they pray there." Bishop Flores replied, "But they are inviting me to go with
them". The pope answered: " Go and pray for me".
To the Korean Bishops in response to thanks for what he did to free Poland from
communism: "No, not me, but by the works of the Blessed Virgin according to her
affirmations at Fatima and Medjugorje.
In April of 1985, the Pope encouraged the founding of OASIS OF PEACE. The Oasis
of Peace is a contemplative community situated at the base of Apparition Hill
and living by Divine Providence.
"Not officially church
approved, but it is endorsed by dozens of Cardinals, Bishops, and the Pope
April 10, 2008 - In Europe, the press has recently reported that the matter of
Medjugorje -- the famed apparition site in Bosnia-Hercegovina -- has shifted
directly into the hands of the Vatican.
The apparitions will not be accepted or rejected by local or regional Church
officials until they are directed how and when to do so by Rome, officials now
report -- in one of the larger development in this case since onset of the
"I can confirm it," states Monsignor Mato Zovkic, vicar general of the Sarajevo
March 17, 2010 - Vatican
commission reportedly formed to investigate Medjugorje apparitions
Pope Benedict XVI has formed a commission to investigate if Our Lady truly
appeared in Medjugorje, a small town in Bosnia. The commission to examine the
case is said to be led by Cardinal Camillo Ruini.
The Pope has made the decision to go ahead with the investigations, nearly 30
years after the first...
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Mother of peace, pray for us.
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