Our Lady of Medjugorje teaches us how to begin the New Year…
December 30, 2013 A.D.
In 1988 when Medjugorje visionary Marija was in Alabama, staying at our founder’s home, with Our Lady appearing everyday, a practice was begun that has changed the way people celebrate New Years Eve. During those apparitions of 1988, a Mass was prayed in our founder’s home on New Year’s Eve, near midnight, to bring in the New Year. The following year 1989, A Friend of Medjugorje felt that the way most bring in the New Year, was not blessing the New Year. He invited a small local Medjugorje gathering on New Years Eve, for midnight Mass; in what is now the Caritas gift shop, in a room where a large Crucifix hung. A Friend of Medjugorje invited the group of people over for a Mass, with the inspiration of, “Why spend the first hour of the New Year partying, when you could be praying, consecrating the year to come?” At that time, no one thought of attempting a midnight Mass, as it was a novel idea back in 1989. It was unheard of because everyone was gathering with friends and partying. It was so foreign to mentalities, because many thought it would be an infringement on their fun of the New Year’s celebrations. Yet, this first celebration of a New Year’s Eve Mass was heavily attended, and would in the years to come. Many began to imitate the witness, as it spread across the nation.
The following year 1990, A Friend of Medjugorje planned the New Years Eve Mass, as a tradition to spread. It was held at a larger location, and in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1990, 150 people showed up for the special Mass. From there, learning of the crowds who attended the Caritas New Year’s Mass, EWTN decided to house a New Year’s Eve Mass, and to this day still, Mass near midnight is held at EWTN, following what Our Lady established through Caritas. This is just another example of something that Medjugorje has inspired, and that affects people today. Our Lady of Medjugorje said on December 31, 1985:
Where will you be, and what will you be doing at midnight? Knowing that in many places a Mass is simply not available, the Caritas Community would like to share with you an example that you can use to follow.
We come together as a Community, sharing memories of the year in our photo albums. We pray a Rosary, which extends into the New Year. We pick a message of Our Lady at random from Words from Heaven between each decade of the Rosary. This makes up our first novena of the year, praying the Rosary, reciting the messages picked during the New Year’s Eve Rosary, each of the first nine days of the New Year, for Our Lady’s guidance. An example follows below. On New Year’s day itself, the Community comes together again to share our greatest ‘joys’ and ‘greatest lessons’ from during the year. In places around the world, families have begun this, so to begin the New Year. It can make a difference for you, and whether your year is filled with peace or not, on how you begin the Near Year. Our Lady said on October 30, 1985:
If this is the case for one night and day, what about for the whole year? To spend the first hour of the New Year in prayer, is to invest into the whole year a blessing for it, and that we see all events in the world, viewed through mist, but with the clarity of Our Lady’s messages ‘worldview.’ The following is a suggested New Years Eve schedule for your family to use as a guide: