Pilgrims started arriving at the Blue Cross several hours before Ivan would have his prayer group apparition. Prayer began amongst the pilgrims just after 6:00 p.m., praing the Rosary in preparation for the normal daily apparition time. The Rosary was prayed in English and Spanish and at 6:40 p.m. everyone paused for at least 7 minutes for silent prayer. The Rosary then continued through the mysteries, eventually adding Italian, French and Croatian to the Spanish and English. Songs were being sung between each decade. This continued until Ivan’s prayer group began.
It was a beautiful evening, as all those present watched the day slowly turn into night. The moon was shining brightly and the closer it came to apparition time, the more stars appeared in the sky. By 8:00 p.m. there were 200-300 pilgrims present, but soon after a steady stream continued to come from all directions, filling up the surrounding areas around the Blue Cross. By the time Our Lady appeared, there were 2000 to 3000 pilgrims present at the Blue Cross. At 9:30 p.m., Ivan began the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s coming. Our Lady appeared to Ivan at 10:00 p.m. and stayed for several minutes. The following is Ivan’s description of the apparition.
Tonight Our Lady came joyful and happy. At the beginning, as always, She greeted us with Her Motherly greeting, “Praised be Jesus, my dear children.” Then with Her arms extended, She prayed over us for a time and blessed us with Her Motherly Blessing. She blessed all the religious articles brought for blessing. Our Lady prayed especially for all the sick present. Then Ivan recommended all of us and our intentions and especially the sick to Our Lady. Our Lady then said:
After, we prayed with Our Lady an Our Father and a Glory Be and then Our Lady left in an illuminated Sign of the Cross saying, “Go in peace, my dear children.”
We are full steam ahead in preparation for July 1-5 and Our Lady’s apparitions with Marija’s visit. We are hearing stories of people who are coming who were just informed about it and immediately decided to come. You can pass to all you know the July 1-5 brochure by clicking here. Some people are ripe to receive it and your efforts with God’s grace can be the cause of someone’s salvation. This is a unique opportunity God is offering.
May 16, 1987
Many people are coming for the same reason as the mother to the left who brought her children to Medjugorje, to have their children and families blessed in the presence of Our Lady and consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart.
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