Thousands of pilgrims gather each night for the Croatian Mass at St. James Church in Medjugorje. From the first months of the apparitions in 1981, Our Lady requested the recitation of two mysteries of the Rosary leading up to Her apparition time at 6:40 p.m., followed by the highest prayer given to man, the Holy Mass. The seven Our Fathers, Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s are prayed at the end of Holy Mass for the intention of peace, again at the request of Our Lady, and then prayers of healing and finally the Glorious mysteries of the Rosary. In all, it is 3-4 hours of prayer every night. Here two nuns are gathered behind St. James Church to join their prayers with those from nations around the world. The Croatian Mass has been taking place in this way for over 28 years. It is beyond anyone’s imagination what such an accumulation of prayer, with Our Lady’s apparition every night, is leading the world towards. It is renewing the Church and bringing us into a new time, a time of spring.
October 25, 2000