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Our Lady did not disappoint those who joined Her on top of Apparition Mountain at 10:00 this evening in Medjugorje, giving a very long and beautiful message, unusual for these prayer group apparitions. Though in the afternoon today, the skies became overcast, and raindrops began falling, the weather cleared by evening, and the night descended with a clear, starry sky, and comfortably cool temperatures that were refreshing after making the hot climb up the mountain.
 


With the anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions still a week away, the crowds were not as thick as what is experienced on the second of the month apparitions, or the special feast days throughout the year, but there were still thousands who climbed the mountain tonight and the great multitudes will be arriving soon enough next week. Among the unfamiliar faces of the pilgrims, there were many familiar faces of those who either live in Medjugorje or who come frequently, having been attending Our Lady’s apparitions for years. Many of them are much older now, but they still make the rugged climb, as they wouldn’t think about missing an apparition. The first summer apparition on the mountain with Ivan’s prayer group is a great joy and is looked forward to with great anticipation. Though Our Lady appears to the other visionaries in different circumstances, there is something special about the mountain apparitions, perhaps only because it is on Apparition Mountain where it all started nearly 30 years ago, and the spirit of those beginning days is still very much felt when Our Lady appears. The following is Ivan’s description of the apparition tonight.

June 18, 2010 Apparition to Ivan on Apparition Mountain at 10:00 P.M.


 

Tonight Our Lady came very joyful and happy. As always, at every meeting, at the beginning She greeted all of us with her motherly greeting, ‘Praised be Jesus my dear children.’ Then Our Lady extended her hands over all of us and prayed for awhile. Then She blessed us all with her motherly blessing and She blessed everything you brought to be blessed. Then She said:

“Dear children, also today I desire to call you, through this time of grace, pray. Renew my messages, dear children. Live my messages. Dear children, this time is a time of responsibility, live my messages responsibly. Dear children, I desire for you to do works, and not words. The Mother prays for you and intercedes before Her Son for all of you. Thank you, dear children, also today, for having accepted me and accepted my messages, and for living my messages.”


After that I recommended all of you, all of your needs, your intentions, your families and in a special way, all of those present who are sick. I prayed an Our Father and Glory Be with Our Lady and then Our Lady left in prayer in an illuminated Sign of the Cross, saying
“Go in peace my dear children.”



Saint James

St. James Church is seen from on top of Apparition Mountain tonight, June 18, 2010. Saint James Church is named for the Apostle St. James the Greater, also known as the brother to St. John. He became known as the patron saint for pilgrims. This has always been known as St. James parish—long before Our Lady began appearing in Medjugorje, long before the streams of pilgrims began flowing into this village. It is just one of many holy “coincidences” that brings intrigue and mystery to the events of Medjugorje.


Cross and Statue Apparition Mountain

The large crowds that gathered this June 18, 2010, can be seen around Our Lady’s statue which is the site where Our Lady appeared tonight to Ivan. The crowds of people sang and prayed together as they waited for the time of the apparition to draw near. Ivan’s prayer group began leading the crowd in the prayer of the Rosary at 9:30 p.m. which led up to the time of Our Lady’s apparition at 10:00 p.m. Our Lady appeared for approximately seven minutes.


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A beautiful moment of prayer is captured right at the time of Our Lady’s apparition tonight on Apparition Mountain at 10:00 p.m. Intense prayer and longing can be seen on the faces of those who were gathered at the foot of Our Lady’s statue. Twenty-five years before this date, Our Lady gave the following message. It was given during the days of prayer leading up to Her anniversary. It expresses what these faces show.

June 20, 1985

"Dear children, for this Feast Day I wish to tell you to open your hearts to the Master of all hearts. Give me all your feelings and all your problems! I wish to comfort you in all your trials. I wish to fill you with peace, joy, and love of God. Thank you for having responded to my call."


What an incomprehensible grace to be able to live this message in the presence of Our Lady through Her apparitions in Medjugorje.

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