The Holy Father called for all the bishops of the world to come to Rome to join in entrusting the next 1000 years into the hands of the Most Holy Virgin Mary. This followed the three years of 1997, 1998, and 1999, in which He had named for Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father, each in succession. Bishops from all over the world were present at the Entrustment. Marija, visionary from Medjugorje, was also present. On October 7th, Marija had asked Our Lady if She would appear earlier on the next day so that She could be present during the Entrustment. Our Lady responded to Marija:
Our Lady did not appear to Marija early during the ceremony, but all felt Her presence in a profound way, especially at one point in the Mass when the Holy Father said:
â€œOur Lady is present with us here,â€
which was Our Lady’s words to Marija the night before.
The words of the Act of Entrustment to Mary say:
Here, then, are your children, gathered before you at the dawn of the new millennium. The Church today, through the voice of the Successor of Peter, in union with so many Pastors assembled here from every corner of the world, seeks refuge in your motherly protection and trustingly begs your intercession as she faces the challenges which lie hidden in the future…Today we wish to entrust to you the future that awaits us, and we ask you to be with us on our way. We are the men and women of an extraordinary time, exhilarating yet full of contradictions…To you, Dawn of Salvation, we commit our journey through the new Millennium, so that with you as guide, all people may know Christ, the light of the world and its only Saviour, who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.â€