May 18, 2012 A.D.
Thousands of pilgrims gathered underneath a clear, beautiful, star filled sky tonight at the Blue Cross on Apparition Mountain in Medjugorje for the visionary Ivan’s prayer group apparition. Substantial rains the day before left the air clean, fresh, and cool, and a gentle breeze floated over the pilgrims as they prayed and sang while preparing to be in the presence of the Mother of God. At around 9:30 p.m. Ivan began a Rosary that was continued by other prayer group members, ending with the 7,7,7 prayers immediately preceding the apparition. Our Lady came shortly before 10:00 p.m., and the apparition lasted approximately 7 ½ minutes. There was a clean, pure silence throughout the entire apparition, broken only by a few soft sobs coming from those whose hearts were being laid open by Our Lady’s presence.
After the apparition of Our Lady at the Blue Cross in Medjugorje, on May 18, 2012 at about 10:00 p.m., Ivan said:
“The most important from tonight’s meeting together with Our Lady I will try to describe in these words:
Our Lady came to us joyful and happy and at the beginning, as always, She greeted us all with Her motherly blessing: ‘Praised be Jesus my dear children.’
Then Our Lady, with Her arms extended, prayed for a while over all of you here. She prayed for a while over you who are sick present here and then She blessed us with Her motherly blessing and She blessed everything you brought for a blessing. Then Our Lady, especially prayed for a while for priests, bishops and the Holy Father. She also called us:
After that I recommended all of you, all of your needs, all you intentions, your families and in a special way, all the sick. Then a conversation followed between me and Our Lady. After that conversation Our Lady left in prayer in an illuminated sign of the cross, with a greeting, ‘Go in peace, my dear children.’
Once again, I would like to emphasize that Our Lady today for a longer time especially prayed for priests, bishops and the Holy Father and She also invited us to pray for this intention.”
Medjugorje visionary Ivan has returned to Medjugorje and had an apparition of Our Lady tonight, May 18, 2012, at the Blue Cross. He can be seen here at the foot of the Blue Cross, gathered with his prayer group. Ivan is seated in between the white pole and the Blue Cross. Today is the anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s birthday. Our Lady once said to the Medjugorje visionaries that John Paul II was Her Pope. So many of the bishops that Our Lady has asked us to pray for were placed in their position by John Paul, and so many of the priests became priests through Pope John Paul’s witness. John Paul II was a believer in Medjugorje and worked “tirelessly” in doing everything he could to see Our Lady’s plans fulfilled in the world. Medjugorje visionary Ivan was the only visionary who had an apparition of Pope John Paul II on the day that he left the earth, April 2, 2005. The Holy Father appeared with Our Lady that evening at his normal apparition time. He was smiling, young, and very happy, all in white with a long gold cape. Our Lady turned, smiling, to look at the Pope and he was looking at Our Lady, smiling. Our Lady then said to Ivan:
As we pray for our shepherds in fulfilling Our Lady’s call to us tonight, let us remember a prayer of thanksgiving for the life of Pope John Paul II who did much to bring renewal to the priesthood, through leading the Church back to the Heart of Our Lady.
It’s always a joy to learn of Ivan’s return to Medjugorje and be able to hear the words of Our Lady that She speaks from Apparition Mountain through the prayer group meetings. So many of you from around the world have shared with us the happiness it brings to you to be able to be on your knees before and at the time Our Lady appears though you may be a half a world away. We know you wait for Her message, and feel deep gratitude that you can respond immediately to Her requests. Our Lady seems to give a grace to those who have their hearts turned towards Medjugorje on the evenings of Her mountain apparitions to Ivan because we hear from people all across the world that just through reading the descriptions and pondering the pictures they feel they were somehow there on the mountain with Her. For those who have been to Medjugorje, it brings back sweet memories of being with Our Lady on Her mountain. For those who have never been, it is a joy to feel a part of the immense event that Medjugorje encompasses, and that through their prayers joined to those gathered with Ivan, they are making a contribution in seeing Our Lady’s intentions fulfilled.