November 21, 2011
November 20, 1988 Our Lady's First Message Given in the Bedroom of Apparitions
November 20, 1988, was a Sunday night and as Our Lady said, the apparition was at 10:30 p.m. in the Bedroom. There were several things that happened in the apparition today that brought great joy to everyone. Our Lady was very happy in the apparition. This was, in and of itself, the best of any other gift She could give them, to know that She was happy in their home. During the apparition, She blessed everyone in the room individually, extending Her hands over the head of each person as She blessed them. As much as they wanted to grasp the greatness of the gift of having Our Lady appear in their home, they could not. Here they were gathered in the Bedroom and Our Lady prayed over each of the family individually, the father, the mother who was eight month's pregnant, and their three young sons. How can one grasp or even understand a grace such as this? And then another great joy was given: Our Lady gave a message in this apparition, which was a surprise to everyone. This was the first message Our Lady gave in the Bedroom:
Marija recommended everyone in the room to Our Lady and then prayed together with Our Lady an Our Father and a Glory Be. Our Lady then made the Sign of the Cross over everyone and left saying, "Go in peace." As with all the messages of Our Lady given in the Bedroom and Field of Apparitions, over time they become more profound, filled with deeper meaning. Our Lady gave these messages knowing that She was going to be calling people together, under the spiritual leadership of our founder, to form a community to follow and live Her messages. She knew that this life would be a very active life and entail a lot of work. We have often looked back at these first words of Our Lady, especially during times of intense work periods, and said to ourselves, “She knew what we would be doing when She gave that message.” Our Lady taught that our work itself is prayer, as well as all our daily activities, if we offer it to God for His blessing each day.
One last surprise from this apparition was when Our Lady gave the time for the next day’s apparition, it was back to 10:40 a.m. in the morning.
To the amazement of our founder and his wife, Our Lady continued to do unusual things in the apparitions in their home—unusual in the sense that it was not common for Her daily apparitions. Word had begun to spread that Marija was in the Birmingham area. A Catholic school closed today so that the children could come to the apparition and many were present with their parents for the apparition, gathered outside the Bedroom window in the back yard of the home.
Our founder and his wife had hoped to be graced with the gift of angels appearing with Our Lady in their home. They actually prayed to Our Lady for this gift. On November 21, Our Lady fulfilled their desire. She came with three angels. This was a big joy for everyone when it was announced and spread through the crowd of children and adults. As normally Our Lady appears with angels only on feast days, this was a big surprise to happen on just an ordinary day. Our Lady then did something else uncharacteristic of Her apparitions. She prayed in Hebrew over the whole crowd and also gave a Special Blessing. She did not give any explanation of the purpose behind this. She then gave a message, saying:
The next day’s apparition would be at the same time, 10:40 a.m., in the Bedroom. As each day was unfolding, there was a curiosity of what Our Lady was doing. Our founder believed it was in answer to Our Lady’s promise to bring conversion here from the October 6, 1986 message She had given him in Medjugorje, but still, he was intrigued by Her actions.
From November 21, 1988, Our Lady started giving daily messages in Her apparitions in the Bedroom. This was a great surprise because not even in Medjugorje was Our Lady giving daily messages any more, except on rare occasions. She had stopped this practice after the first few years of the apparitions when She began giving a weekly message for the parish of Medjugorje, every Thursday, through Medjugorje visionary Marija. Then in January, 1987, She announced that the weekly messages would end, and She would begin giving a monthly message on the 25th of every month that was for the whole world. There was no thought that Our Lady would do anything differently when Marija came to stay in our founder’s home. They expected to see the same thing here. But when Our Lady began giving daily messages, even Marija said Our Lady is doing something different here.