A beautiful sunrise greeted the early risers who had journeyed through darkened streets of Birmingham to arrive in the Field of Our Lady at 5:00 a.m. From there, most left the Field to join more than a thousand pilgrims at the 6:30 a.m. Mass at the local parish of St. Mark’s in Birmingham. Just as it was last year, having the church full with so many people that early in the morning is very beautiful to see, and the prayer of the Mass was felt powerfully in people’s hearts who were present. Once pilgrims arrived back at Caritas, the day was interspersed with gathering pilgrims together for prayer and instruction, and then times when they were on their own for prayer. A Friend of Medjugorje spoke very powerfully on the condition of our nation, and what our response needs to be in living Our Lady’s messages. Our Lady’s messages always leads to deeper thought and reflection which was the purpose of the talk—to encourage everyone to look honestly in their hearts and commit to making the changes that daily conversion demands of all of us. A Friend of Medjugorje encouraged everyone to “invest” in this week much prayer and sacrifice in order to reap rich spiritual fruits by the end of the week. Listen to his talk when you click here.
The apparition was in the Bedroom this evening, at 6:40 p.m. All the pilgrims headed back to the Field to begin praying the Rosary at 6:00 p.m. The Caritas community, both the members living on the grounds of Caritas and the Extended Community Members were present in the apparition tonight. It turned into a very special evening, as two members of the community became engaged to be married, surprising almost everyone present, including the future bride. Marija was very involved in the preparations with a couple of other community members, including a surprise party that happened immediately after the apparition. There were many very young children and babies present tonight because of several young families who came to the apparition together with the young families of the community. This also added to the joy of the evening.
In the apparition tonight, with several thousand people in the Field praying in union with all those in the Bedroom, Our Lady appeared also adding a few surprises of Her own. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition:
“In moment of apparition when Our Lady come She recommend all our intentions and Our Lady prayed over us and She blessed us. I ask special blessing for this Rosary and for these people who make us work today (everyone laughs). I ask Our Lady to pray over all those in Field. Our Lady pray over us and also She pray over us in Aramaic. I don’t know for what reason She pray over us in Aramaic.
How long did She pray in Aramaic?
Long. And after Our Lady blessed us. I ask for special blessing over this Rosary and for this Scripture, to become sign for this new family. Our Lady was tranquil. Apparition tomorrow, same time, same place.”
This was not the first time Our Lady spoke in Aramaic, Her Mother tongue, in the Bedroom. On November 21, 1988, when an entire Catholic school had closed down for the day so that everyone could attend the apparition, Our Lady appeared with three angels, looked around at everybody, even the people who were outside. There were many children present. Our Lady prayed in Hebrew over the whole crowd and gave the message:
We cannot know, either in the apparition that took place tonight or in the apparition that took place in 1988 why Our Lady spoke in Aramaic. It is a mystery. One thing the two apparitions have in common, however, was the fact that there were many children present in both apparitions.
For tomorrow’s apparition, Our Lady said once again, “Same time, same place.” The apparition will be in the Bedroom at 6:40 p.m. Also tomorrow, Marija will be speaking at 9:00 a.m. to the pilgrims in front of Our Lady’s Tabernacle.