June 24, 2013 A.D.
Ivan had his prayer group apparition tonight on top of Apparition Mountain. Pilgrims began to gather up on the mountain before 6:00 p.m. By the time the apparition began, there were tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered to pray and be before Our Lady on this first day of the 32nd anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions here in Medjugorje. Ivan led everyone present in the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Our Lady appeared around 10:00 p.m. and the apparition lasted for several minutes. The following is Ivan’s description of the apparition.
“Today, as always after the meeting with Our Lady, I would like to describe also to you what is most important from tonight’s meeting. At the beginning, I would like to say that it is very difficult to describe the meeting with Our Lady in words and to find the right words, especially today when Our Lady, on today’s date, touched this place and when we saw Her for the first time. In a special way today, She came to us very, very joyful and happy. At the beginning, She greeted all of us with Her Motherly greeting, ‘Praised be Jesus my dear children.’ Then She extended Her arms and for a longer time prayed over all of us. In a special way, She prayed for the sick present here. Then Our Lady said:
Then I recommended all of you, all your needs, your intentions, your families and in a special way, all the sick. A pleasant conversation followed between us that remains only between us. After that conversation, Our Lady left in prayer, in an illuminated Sign of the Cross, with a greeting, ‘Go in peace my dear children.’
“Also I must say that Our Lady blessed us all with Her Motherly blessing and She blessed everything you brought to be blessed. This would be what is the most important from tonight’s meeting with Our Lady. We all know that tomorrow is the 25th and that on every 25th Our Lady turns to us with Her message which She gives for the whole world. We will wait until tomorrow to see what Our Lady desires to say to all of us.
Pictures from the Apparition June 24, 2013
A gray cloud hides the sun as it sets in Medjugorje this evening, bringing to a close the Feast of St. John the Baptist—and the 32nd anniversary of Our Lady’s first apparition on the Hill of Apparitions in Medjugorje, leading to tomorrow, the Feast of Our Lady Queen of Peace. Our Lady appeared that first day, June 24, 1981, holding what the visionaries thought was a baby lamb, but what they came to realize was that it was baby Jesus, the Lamb of God. Never could we have imagined 32 years ago that the apparitions would have lasted this long. Two years ago, for the 30th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions, A Friend of Medjugorje questioned why Our Lady had remained with us so long:
“Do you wonder why that as of June 24, 2011 A.D., Our Lady has been coming to us for thirty years? Before Medjugorje began, this was unthinkable—to have a sequence of continuous daily apparitions for 30 years. But why so long? Why so many messages? What is Our Lady’s purpose?”
These are important questions to ask ourselves, especially at this time of Her anniversary. Are you going to give time to these questions? Are these significant days, June 24 and 25, days that you have set aside to celebrate, to reverence, to spend in reflection, to make different from your normal routine? These are special days to Our Lady. As Ivan said tonight, Our Lady came “very, very joyful and happy.” Our Lady Herself said, “I am coming to you joyful and with joy.” Be a cause of Our Lady’s joy by “continuing to accept my messages.” Find a moment in these days to be “in joy” with Our Lady for Her coming all these years to bring us Her peace and Her love that comes through the Heart of Her little Lamb—our Redeemer, our Savior, and our Lord. Remove the gray clouds from around your heart that a life of distraction brings, and let Our Lady’s joy pierce through in all its love and glory.
A pilgrim who climbed Apparition Mountain tonight, June 24, 2013, to be in Our Lady’s presence when She appeared to Medjugorje visionary Ivan, falls at the feet of Jesus pouring forth the difficulties, the sufferings, a tear of repentance that fills the heart. This is what Our Lady calls us to do—each one of us. Come to Her, come to Jesus. Repent and receive God’s mercy.
“Do not hesitate. Do not wait for the sign.* Go down on your knees now. Cry out in repentance. Repentance should always and every day be the first step in reviving the soul, which is the first step towards the revival of the world. Do not mourn. Do not look back as Lot’s wife did. Look out to the future. It is one of the greatest hopes for those who are believers and those who become believers. There is no one on earth who Our Lady does not love. There is no one, no matter how wicked, that Our Lady rejects. Our Lady desires to be your mother and calls you to live God’s commandments and to be true before God in your very life.”
*Our Lady revealed to the six visionaries of Medjugorje that She will leave a sign on Apparition Mountain in Medjugorje that will be permanent and indestructible to prove that She was truly present in these apparitions. The visionaries know when and where this sign will appear. It will last until the end of time. No armament will be able to destroy it. It will be apparent it is of supernatural origin. The sign is one of the 10 secrets given to the visionaries by Our Lady who has said that it is important to convert now and not to wait for the sign. Our Lady said on December 15, 1982: “Hurry to be converted. Do not wait for the great sign. For the unbelievers, it will then be too late to be converted…”
As night falls, tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered on top of Apparition Mountain tonight, June 24, 2013, for Our Lady’s apparition. Thirty-two years ago, Our Lady stood alone on this mountain, beckoning to a handful of frightened and bewildered children who did not dare approach Her and who could hardly accept the reality of what their eyes were telling them. But after that day, never again would Our Lady be alone on this Mountain. On the second day, already hundreds of Croatians were gathered with the visionaries. By the end of the first week, thousands were gathered. And then they began coming from nearby nations. And soon after, from every continent of the world. Millions now come every year. It’s the joy of Our Lady, the joy of the Mother, to be with Her children from around the world.
A young man separates from the growing crowd of people up on Apparition Mountain tonight and kneels with his Rosary in prayer, seeking to still his heart, his thoughts, seeking to have his own encounter with Our Lady, the Queen of Peace.
“All you have to do is go on your knees, shed a tear of repentance, ask for strength to change everything not of God in your life and love Her, love Her, love Her. This applies to the believer and the non-believer, and also the reprobate, no matter your past. Thirty years of apparitions—Our Lady has something to say to you. Beloved children, do not leave this writing without immediately pausing and closing your eyes in reflection. Think. Meditate. Listen to see what Our Lady has to say to you. Ask Her to speak to your heart. Loving Her is to give Her some time to listen to Her.
Be still. Be quiet. Listen.”
Happy Anniversary, Dear Mother! Thank you for these many years of your loving calls to our heart. Thank you for your words. Thank you for moving us to repentance. Thank you for leading us back to Your Son. We love you. We’re listening.
P.S. Truly difficult it is to describe what it is like to be in the presence of Our Lady. No words could begin to illustrate the great moment when She comes, prays over you, and blesses you. This July 1-5, 2013, Our Lady will be present physically at Caritas, Alabama. Five days of prayer for the healing and reconciling of your heart, your family, and nation back to God. Five days in which no words can begin to describe. Be present for Our Lady’s apparitions when She appears to Medjugorje visionary Marija, at Caritas, Alabama, July 1-5.