September 9, 2023
2023 Annual Nine-Day Bread and Water Fast
October 9, 2023, to October 17, 2023
A Friend of Medjugorje, inspired by Our Lady, began an annual nine-day bread and water fasting novena that turned into a worldwide movement. Initiated in the last year of the past millennium, 1999, the fast has been done annually over the past 24 years to bind and stymie satan’s assaults, having several people cover every day of the next coming year with several nine-day bread and water fasts for each day. Medjugorje visionary, Ivan, was once asked why Our Lady insists on not just prayer, but that we fast as well. Ivan answered, “Prayer without fasting is like a soldier with only one leg. He will be easily defeated.” A Friend of Medjugorje relayed on a recent RadioWave broadcast of an encounter he had with a demonic. It was on June 25, 2022, the anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions and a procession was organized after the Evening Services and Mass. Thousands lined the streets in procession. Four priests carried a beautiful statue of Our Lady that was lifted high on a platform covered in flowers, following a group of 300 or more priests that led the procession.
As the statue of Our Lady passed in front of a Friend of Medjugorje, he heard a man’s voice just two people away from him begin to scream at Our Lady, his neck extended, veins popping out, red in the face and his voice filled with hatred, real hatred towards Our Lady. When a Friend of Medjugorje looked at the person, he was shocked to see it was not a man, but a woman who was screaming. Yet, it was a deep masculine voice coming from the woman.
The devil is real.
St. John Vianney said that the two things satan hates the most, because it does the most damage to his plans, is when we deny ourselves food and we deny ourselves sleep. How is it possible that anyone can look at what is happening in our nation and world and not want to do everything in their power to reverse the momentum of darkness that is bringing the world closer and closer to the gates of hell.
This is a call for everyone to join a Friend of Medjugorje and the Community of Caritas in the annual nine-day bread and water fast. Powerful things happen during this fast, personally as well as on a global scale. Our Lady needs you to fast. We are in the final stages of a war that no one can predict the outcome. Our Lady can only do for us what we “pay forward” in the way of our prayers, sacrifices and fasting. Don’t leave it for others to do.
The fasting novena includes a prayer below, written by a Friend of Medjugorje, to seek repentance and for your intentions and the intentions of the Community and Mission of Caritas. It is a powerful prayer leading to deeper conversion. The fast covers each day of 2024. Please spread this information to your family and friends, so that each day of 2024 will be covered several times over. One should do everything to fast on bread and water for the nine days to make it powerful. If you absolutely, and honestly, cannot fast on bread and water for the nine days for legitimate reasons, please join us in making sacrifices during this time, praying extra Rosaries, offering your Holy Communions, increasing your prayers, and uniting other penances to give to Our Lady with our fasting.
For those who desire to join in the fast on bread and water, please call Caritas of Birmingham to sign up at 205-672-2000, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time USA, Monday through Friday. Or leave a message on ext. 315 with your full name and phone number and state that you are calling about joining the nine-day fast. We will call you back to tell you the day of 2024, that your nine-day fast will cover. If you are unable to commit to all nine days, or if you are not able to fast only on bread and water, your sacrifices are important to us and will add to the grace we are seeking for our nation through this nine-day fast, but, as we want to be assured that every day of next year is covered by at least one nine-day bread and water fast, we can only assign days for those fully participating in the nine-day fast on bread and water.
How it works…
For everyone participating, you will fast for 9 days, October 9-17, 2023.
You will call Caritas and we will assign you one day of 2024. You will offer your entire nine-day fast for that one day of the coming year 2024, so that Our Lady can further Her plans through the next 365 days of the coming year.
Call Caritas of Birmingham, 205-672-2000 and ask for your assigned date. See below the novena prayers. You can also use the form below to sign up.
The fasting novena prayers are posted here below.
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