Today, August 10, 2007 Our Lady appeared to Ivan for his prayer group apparition at the Blue Cross which is at the base of Apparition Hill in Bijakovici. Pilgrims began to arrive before 7:30 pm. A large group of English speaking people present began praying the Rosary. As more groups arrived, the Rosary was prayed in both English and Italian. During this time, many people crowded around the Blue Cross and onto the base of Apparition Hill. The area around the Blue Cross was completely full and pilgrims were sitting and standing on and along the rock walls that surround this area. With all the spots taken, pilgrims soon lined the rock path that connects to the street. Clouds began to drift in overhead and lightning illuminated the cross on Mt. Krizevac which was visible from Apparition Hill. Ivan’s prayer group played and sang music as those gathered sang along. The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary were prayed and Our Lady appeared to Ivan when the Rosary was completed. After Our Lady’s apparition, drops of rain began to fall as the pilgrims walked slowly down the path to the street below and through the fields and vineyards.
Ivan describes the apparition below:
Tonight when Our Lady came She was very happy. She greeted us by saying, “Praised be Jesus my little children.” Our Lady then prayed for a long time with Her hands extended over us. She especially prayed for all you sick pilgrims tonight. Ivan recommended all of our needs, petitions our family and especially the sick. She then blessed us all with Her Motherly Blessing. She blessed all the religious articles brought for blessing. Our Lady then prayed for priests for a long time. After we prayed with Our Lady an Our Father and a Glory Be. Our Lady left in an illuminated Sign of the Cross saying, “Go in peace my dear children.”
The mountain apparitions are always a favorite for the Medjugorje pilgrims. How these days, these special moments, even for us who are not there in Medjugorje but on our knees at home, will be missed when Our Lady quits appearing. We must realize the reality that these beautiful encounters with Our Lady one day will no longer be. What does Our Lady say about this? Our Lady said on August 25, 1997:
How we should not only savor these days, but ponder and cherish them in the recesses of our hearts.