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2023 Annual Nine-Day Bread and Water Fast October 9 – October 17, 2023

2023 Annual Nine-Day Bread and Water Fast October 9 – October 17, 2023

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.
Caritas of Birmingham
Operated by the Community of Caritas


For questions and answers about Fasting visit here.

For more about fasting read here.



Monday, October 9, 2023, to Tuesday, October 17, 2023



O Queen of Heaven, we unite ourselves with others across the land in a holy fast, reminiscent of the so many times ancient Israel cried out in repentance to their God. By their history, we know God the Most High will hear our cry. We humble ourselves because of our sins. Seek, Mary our Queen, on our behalf, that the Lord not look upon our sins, but the love we show Him through this fast. Persuade Him to not only forgive but also forget and blot out our sins, that through Your hands we will grow close to Him and know Him intimately as a Father, as our Protector.


O Mary, these days of fasting we wish to empty our hearts of everything useless. Cleanse us. Let this fast purify us and atone for everything that has defiled us. O Mary, Queen of Peace, let our hearts be refilled through Your hands with whatever graces are necessary to reconcile us, our families, and our nation back to God. We wish also to atone for any wrongs in advance for each day of the coming year 2024, so that all be consecrated to Your Immaculate Heart, to purify the body of believers in order for the rebirth and the ushering in of a new springtime for Christianity in our beloved nation.


We seek the healing of our hearts of all spiritual disease and illness and for You to fill our hearts especially during December 8th–12th. Please, please, dear Mother, please grant us these requests, and grant the three special intentions of the Community of Caritas as well as my own personal intentions of (name your personal intentions). We pray especially for Our Lady’s triumph over all the evil agendas assailing our nation. I especially offer ______, 2024 (day assigned by Caritas of Birmingham), that on that day the plans of satan against ourselves, our family, and nation will be thwarted and grace will abound for conversion across our land.


We consecrate our hearts to You, Mary, and to Jesus. We want to give You and Jesus “title” of not only our souls, but also our bodies, as well as all we possess. We know Your words of January 1, 2001, when You revealed that satan was completely unchained, were followed with what our response should be. It was to give ourselves to You and Jesus completely, as a possession into Your and His hands, through the formal daily act of consecration, thereby, owned by You and Your Son, we are afforded protection through being Your possession.


January 1, 2001

“My dear children, now that when satan is unchained, I desire you to be consecrated to My Heart and the Heart of My Son Jesus. I bless you with my Motherly Blessing.”


We, therefore, present to You the intention to empty our hearts that You may refill them, as well as Caritas’ intentions and our personal intentions through this nine-day fast, prayers and consecrations, in order that You will present this novena with your Son before the throne of God. We ask for an unleashing of grace to be poured out upon ourselves, our families, our nation, and upon the countless numbers who are in need of conversion throughout our land, and Your intentions for all of the above intentions. Please intercede for us as our Mother and as our Queen. Amen.

– a Friend of Medjugorje (1999)


Consecration to Jesus and Mary


9-Day Fast Signup


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6 thoughts on “2023 Annual Nine-Day Bread and Water Fast October 9 – October 17, 2023”

  1. City: Harwood
    State: TX
    Country: United States
    It has been a beautiful experience again this year. I want to Thank the Community of Caritas, A Friend of Medjugorje and his wife and Family for inspiring the World to an Annual 9-Day Fast! Also, for giving us a book on how to make your Italian Bread! I finally got brave enough to make 10 loaves! They are delicious! I remember the first year I tried to Fast for 9 Days. I got very sick the 1st Day. Through the years, I have realized that fasting is a gift. One must pray for that Gift! I love coffee and I get a terrible headache in the beginning days, but one reward of giving up coffee is a very deep and peaceful sleep. I sometimes forget how good that feels. During this Fast, many things came to light, that I had not realized. The fast can actually bring clarity into your life! Thank you all. May God continue to Bless each & everyone of you With Love!

  2. City: Bronx
    State: Ny
    Country: Usa
    How amazing the graces through fasting yourself opening to the crosses of God with your family around you what a once in a lifetime reflection of peace and love that God’s desires us to receive. God bless everyone day 3 night thanksgiving. Baking power. Lol in the precious community of caritas

  3. City: Bronx
    State: Ny
    Country: Usa
    Thank God for this blessing I woke up this morning and mixed my flour with oil water and baking power and sipped on some hot water how comforting to know that the victory has been won day 1 night thanksgiving 8 more precious days to go.

  4. City: Charlottesville
    State: VA
    Country: USA
    In the Bible, EVERY battle won was preceded by fasting. No fasting occurred before every battle that was lost.

  5. Matsepo Anna Sethunya

    City: Maseru
    Country: Lesotho
    Mother Mary Please grant us you interventions and Devine Providence through this Novena. Amen.

  6. City: DKI JAKARTA
    State: Jakarta Barat
    Country: Indonesia
    Dear Father/Brother/Sister

    I would like to join annual bread and water fasting.

    Please advise how to do it. Thank you so much.

    Best regards,

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