The apparition, which began around 6:40 P.M., lasted about 3 minutes. When Marija rose to explain what happened, there was a deep joy on her face and in her countenance. Though Marija likes to speak in English when she comes to Alabama, she asked her friend and translator, Kathleen, to translate for her tonight, from Italian into English. Marija then proceeded to speak to all those gathered for about 20 minutes, expressing so beautifully the deep love Our Lady has for each one of us. It was obvious to anyone who could see Marija up close that Our Lady had touched her tonight with a grace of joy. It overflowed from her heart to the crowd of thousands who stayed quiet and still so to capture all that Marija was saying.
Following is Marija’s description of Our Lady’s Apparition the night of March 20, 2011:
At the moment when Our Lady appeared, She appeared as She always does – beautiful. Our Lady remained in silence, and then She said, “Praised be Jesus.” I responded, “Praised be Jesus and Mary forever.” Our Lady remained in silence and I was able to recommend each and everyone of us, with everything that we have in our hearts, with all the people that we love and that we want to recommend to Our Lady. Our Lady looked at all of us and She listened. Then Our Lady began to pray and She extended Her hands over all of us. I asked Our Lady to bless each and every one of us and all the objects that we brought with us for blessings. Then Our Lady prayed again over us and She blessed us. She made the sign of the Cross and She said, “Go in peace.” And at the moment Our Lady left. Today, I really wanted to go to Heaven with Her.
Our Lady said tomorrow’s apparition will be in the Bedroom, at 6:40 p.m. Pilgrims will gather in the Field at 6:00 p.m. Our Lady will bless them in the Field, from the Bedroom.
Pilgrims attending Our Lady’s apparitions at Caritas of Birmingham this week filled the entire expanse of St. Mark’s Church in Birmingham, from the choir loft, to standing in the isles, to the overflow gathered in the back vestibule. Despite so many people, there was a peaceful silence that filled the church. One of the readings in Mass today was from Genesis 12:
“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
This is Medjugorje.
Today was the day the Bedroom of Apparitions was opened for pilgrims to visit and pray in for the first time of these five days of prayer. They first gathered on the front porch of the house to listen to stories of the apparitions from the first visit of Marija back in 1988 and 1989. They felt it a great privilege to be able to pray in a room where over 140 apparitions have taken place with Our Lady of Medjugorje. Many leave in tears in experiencing the peace of Our Lady in this room.
Also today, several “walk-throughs” for Our Lady’s Tabernacle were made available for the pilgrims who wanted to se e the different areas of the mission and especially the retooling equipment. Here they are gathered in the print shop with the new bookbinder in the background, and a demonstration is given showing the capability of this amazing machine—a machine completely dedicated and consecrated to the Queen of Peace to spread Her messages around the world.
The Five Days of Prayer at Caritas, March 21, 2011
Schedule for Monday, March 21, 2011
|5:00-6:00 A.M.||Silent prayer in the Field|
|6:30 A.M.||Holy Mass at St. Mark’s Catholic Church|
|9:00 A.M.||Prayers and Announcement in front of the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages|
|10:45 A.M.||Two Mysteries of the Rosary in the Field|
|1:15 P.M.||Climb Up to Our Lady’s Grotto in the mountains behind the Tabernacle of Our Lady’s Messages|
Bedroom will be opened
|6:00 P.M.||Meet in the Field for the Rosary in preparation for Our Lady’s Apparition. The Apparition is in the Bedroom tonight|
|6:40 P.M.||Time of Our Lady’s Apparition, followed by prayers and singing|