“I am often at Krizevac, at the foot of the cross, to pray there.”
“Krizevac” means “Mount of the Cross.” It is the highest mountain in the area. In 1933, the parish of St. James erected a large concrete cross to commemorate the 1900th Anniversary of Jesus’ passion and death on the Cross. During construction of the 16 ton cross, the parishioners carried up all of the materials, cement, sand, water, tools, etc., in memory of Christ’s way of the Cross. The cross was completed on March 15, 1934.
A relic of the True Cross of Jesus was received from Rome from Pope Pius XI and built into this cross. This relic was obtained from the larger part of the true Cross that remains in the Church of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, in Rome.
Before 1933, and the erection of the cross, Medjugorje endured many hail storms that destroyed the villager’s crops in the fields. This was a tremendous hardship because, materially, the villager’s had little. Upon completion of the cross, the storms ceased, and there have been no reports of such storms again in this area.
Our Lady has said that the Cross on Mt. Krizevac was in God’s design.
August 31, 1984
August 30, 1984
Cross Mountain is central to one’s pilgrimage to Medjugorje. It is a penitential climb that lead pilgrims to reflect upon their relationship with God and what they need to change in their lives to draw closer to Him. Often deep healing, cleansing and peace is experienced at the summit of the mountain, at the foot of the cross, after pilgrims arrive at the top. Our Lady has made it clear in Her messages that it is Her desire to see pilgrims climbing both Cross Mountain and Apparition Mountain.
“You are on a Tabor. You receive blessings, strength, and love. Carry them into your families and into your homes.”