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Though thousands of youth have left Medjugorje to return to their homes around the world over the last two days, there are still thousands of pilgrims in Medjugorje and many of them were present for Ivan’s apparition tonight at the Blue Cross. It is always a beautiful sight to arrive at the foot of Apparition Mountain and see every space taken with pilgrims sitting on rough hewn rocks, while more and more pilgrims arrive navigating through the crowds to find their own place among the multitudes who have come to be with their Mother. All languages, all ages, all walks of life, are present.



The sunset in Medjugorje, this evening, August 7, 2009. It is a joy for those around the world to view the sunset in Medjugorje the same day it happened, and here at the Blue Cross just a few hours before the Queen of Heaven appeared. Just five days earlier, Our Lady appeared at this same spot to Mirjana, in which Mirjana saw the sun in the apparition, the first time this had ever happened to Mirjana in 28 years of apparitions.

Lights continually flashed onto the Blue Cross as pilgrims from all around the area searched out the cross to determine where Our Lady would be appearing, and how close in proximity they were to this location. At
9:30 p.m., after a period of singing, the Rosary was prayed, leading up to the 10:00 p.m. apparition.

The moon was at its fullest the night of Our Lady’s birthday, August 5th, and though now it is diminishing slowly, it was still full and bright enough to light up the village of Medjugorje making it easy for pilgrims to follow along the paths through the fields. For those who have been present at Ivan’s prayer group apparitions who have walked these paths instead of going on the roads or going home in cars, they know how special it was to walk these paths tonight in the moonlight.

Following is Ivan’s description of the apparition that took place tonight, August 7, 2009:

“Most important from the meeting with Our Lady tonight is that Our Lady came joyful and happy and as always greeted all of us with Her motherly greeting, “Praised be Jesus, my dear children.” Then, with hands extended, She prayed over us and especially for the sick present. She then blessed us all with Her motherly blessing and then blessed all the articles brought for blessing. Afterwards, Our Lady especially prayed tonight for vocations in the Church and for priests. I then recommended all of you, your needs and your families and then I prayed an Our Father and a Glory Be with Our Lady. Then a brief conversation followed. I spoke with Her and She with me. Then Our Lady left, in prayer, in an illuminated Sign of the Cross with a greeting: “Go in peace, my dear children.”


The crowds are thick around the Blue Cross on Apparition Mountain in Medjugorje even though it is still three hours before Our Lady will appear. Ivan said today in a talk to pilgrims that when Our Lady comes She brings part of Heaven to us. For this reason the visionaries have a difficult time letting go of Her after every apparition. Not just the visionaries, but all those who love of Our Lady, who count themselves blessed to be one of Her children.


Some of the faces that were present at tonight’s August 7, 2009 apparition, as they leave the apparition by the thousands. These are the faces that Our Lady called on two occasions tonight, “My dear children.” It’s a beautiful thing to be under the mantle of Our Lady in an apparition in Medjugorje and be claimed as one of Our Lady’s “dear” children.


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