Six young people from Medjugorje (Ivanka Ivankovic, Mirjana Dragicevic, Vicka Ivankovic, Ivan Dragicevic, Ivan Ivankovic and Milka Pavlovic) saw a white female apparition with a child in her arms on the hill called Crnica, on the area called Podbrdo (the Apparition Hill). It was June 24th, 1981. They were too afraid to come anywhere near her, but they came back in the same time the next day, joined by Marija Pavlovic and Jakov Colo. They recognized this apparition as the Virgin Mary, so they talked and prayed with her. Apparitional experiences and Medjugorje messages started from that day on, but unfortunately Milka Pavlovic and Ivan Ivankovic did not see the Virgin Mary ever again.
Medjugorje is one of the most famous Roman Catholic shrines in the world. It became known through the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, which had started in 1981.
History of Medjugorje
During Roman times, this area belonged to Narona district. Some remains of late antique basilica were found in Medjugorje. Medjugorje is first mentioned as an autonomous parish in some historical document in 1599. The present parish was founded in 1892 and it was consecrated to Saint James, the patron of pilgrims. The present church was completed in 1969 ant it was also consecrated to Saint James. The first church was built in 1897, but it was not used after the First World War. In 1993, cross was built at the top of the hill called Krizevac because of 1900th anniversary of Jesus Christ. There is an inscription on the cross that says: “To Jesus Christ, The Redeemer of Man, as the sign of our faith, love and hope, in memory of 1900th anniversary Jesus Christ’s death". After June 24th, 1981, the first apparition of Our Lady and Medjugorje messages, the history of Medjugorje is somewhat different. Since then, Medjugorje began to develop rapidly providing all necessary facilities to pilgrims during their visit to the world’s famous shrine. Since the apparitions and Medjugorje messages have started, this little Herzegovinian place is one of the most visited tourist centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is visited by million Catholics from around the world annually. Nevertheless, the Medjugorje shrine has still retained its original charm, in which pilgrims find peace in religion. Religious meetings are usually held in Saint James Church.
The Miracle of Medjugorje
Last Medjugorje Message
Our Lady speaks trough six visionaries, so they communicate Medjugorje messages to rest of the world. The last of all Medjugorje messages, from the June 25th 2012 is that Our Lady calls all her little children to the prayer, because if we pray, then we are with her. If we seek for the will of her Son, then we are with her, too. Our Lady says that we should be open and live prayer. We should pray for the savor and the joy of our souls. She also says that she is with us all the time and that she intercede for us before her Son Jesus.
There are many Medjugorje messages, but there are also so called „ten Medjugorje secrets“, which reveal some future events in the Church and in the world. These secrets are linked together in a chain. Three out of six visionaries and carriers of Medjugorje messages (Mirjana, Ivanka, and Jakov) received all ten Medjugorje secrets and the rest of the visionaries and carriers of Medjugorje messages (Ivan, Marija and Vicka) received nine Medjugorje secrets so far. These Medjugorje secrets are not fully revealed yet, and there is a possibility that every visionary and carrier of Medjugorje messages have different secrets. Except of the Medjugorje messages, the visionaries and carriers of Medjugorje messages have also seen Heaven and Purgatory, while some of them have also seen Hell. The others did not see Hell because they were too afraid, so they asked Virgin Mary not to show them. Our Lady also promised to give a visible sign at the Apparition Hill, which is beautiful, permanent and indestructible. The visionaries have already seen this sign, while five of them know the exact date when will this sign appear. This promised sign will be connected to some miracles for humanity. For the believers, it is important to strengthen their faith before this sign appears.