Medjugorje 25yrs of Our Lady’s Apparitions and Messages to the World.
According to the testimony of the six visionaries of St James Parish, Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, they have been meeting Mary, the Mother of Jesus, since June 1981. Mary asked for peace and introduced herself as the “Queen of Peace.” Our Blessed Mother has given many messages over this time and it is important to understand that they were given at different moments.
Medjugorje is a small parish of 4,000 inhabitants, close to the town of Citluk, in Bosnia Herzegovina. Its name is of Slavic origin and translates as an area between two mountains. Our Lady first appeared to the visionaries on Mt Crnica, now know as apparition hill. She appeared to six children: Ivanka, Mirjana, Vicka, Marija, Ivan and Jakov. The first apparition occurred on 24th June, 1981, the feast of St John the Baptist, and since then pilgrims from all over the world climb the rocky hill, some in bare feet, to meditate and pray the rosary. Day and night, groups can be seen making their way to the place of the first apparitions. On the third day of the apparitions, Our Lady stated to the children that she was the Blessed Virgin Mary and later added: “Peace! Peace! Peace! Be reconciled! Only peace! Make your peace with God and among yourselfs! For that is necessary to believe, to pray, to fast, and to go to confession.”
“Why have you come?”
“I have come to tell the world that God is truth: He exists. True happiness and fullness of life are in Him. I have come here as Queen of Peace to tell the world that peace is necessary for the salvation of the world. In God, one finds true joy from which true peace is derived.”
[July 16, 1983]
“I am your Mother, and therefore, I want to lead you all to complete holiness. I want each of you to be happy here on earth and to be with me in Heaven. That is, dear children, the purpose of my coming here and it’s my desire.”
[May 25, 1987]
“I have come to call the world to conversion for the last time. Later, I will not appear anymore on this earth.” [May 2, 1982]
From the start of the apparitions, a range of remarkable phenomena has been witnessed in and around Medjugorje by many thousands of people. For example, brilliant lights illuminated the Medjugorje area immediately preceding the early hillside apparitions. The sun has frequently been observed to do such things as spin, pulsate, alter course, and emit a rainbow of colours. The large concrete cross on the top of Cross Mountain has often been seen to lose its crossbeam, or to spin rapidly, or to change into a pillar of light, or even be replaced by the luminous figure of the Virgin Mary. But what does Our Lady say about such signs and wonders ? Our Lady in her messages clearly states there is a purpose to these heavenly phenomena, and they are a gift given by God to awaken and strengthen faith.
The daily apparitions occur almost always at the same time 6.40pm [5.40pm in the winter time] – wherever the visionaries happen to be. People present for the apparition begin to recite the rosary and usually after one or two decades Mary’s coming in prayer is preceded by brilliant light. She stands a few feet away upon a small cloud. The visionaries describe her as beautiful beyond words, radiant with holiness, and usually smiling. During the apparition, the visionaries are able to see the Virgin in three-
The visionary Vicka says each time before Our Lady comes, we see a light three times, which is a sign that she is coming. When she appears she has a white veil, a crown of stars on her head; her eyes are blue, the hair black, the cheeks rosy; she is hovering in the air on a grey cloud, so she does not touch the ground. For some greater festivities, for example Christmas and Easter, or for her birthday, she wears a robe of gold. [Show picture to audience.]
What are the Main Messages?
Prayer, Peace, Fasting and Penance.
Why must we pray?
“Children, darkness reigns over the whole world. People are attracted by many things and they forget about what is important… Many people now live without faith; some don’t want to hear about Jesus, but they still want peace and satisfaction! Children, here is the reason why I need your prayer; prayer is the only way to save the human race.” [July 30, 1987]
“Dear children, without prayer there is no peace.” [September 6, 1984]
“Pray, Pray, Pray. You will get nothing from chatter, but only from prayer. If someone asks you about me and about what to say, answer-
“Pray, Pray! Prayer will give you everything. It is with prayer that you can obtain everything.” [October 25, 1983]
The Power of Fasting?
“The best fast is on bread and water. Through fasting and prayer, one can stop wars; one can suspend the laws of nature. Charity cannot replace fasting. Those who are unable to fast can sometimes replace it with prayer, charity and a confession; but everyone except the sick must fast.” [July 21, 1982]
“Fast strictly on Wednesdays and Fridays and every day pray at least one Rosary; the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries.”
The need for Graces
“Oh children! I want you to live each day with love and peace. I want you to be carries of peace and love. People need so much those graces of peace and love, but they have lost them because they don’t pray.” [July 11, 1987]
“For every soul, prayer and grace is necessary to reach God and the love of God.” November 6, 1986]
“Mass is the greatest prayer of God. You will never be able to understand its greatness. That is why you must be perfect and humble at Mass and you should prepare yourselves for it.” 
“Let the Holy Mass be your life. Understand that the church is Gods Palace, the place in which I gather you and want to show you the way to God… Churches deserve respect and you are set apart as holy, because God, who became man, dwells in them day and night.” [April 25, 1988]
“Dear children, I want tell you that the Cross should be central these days. Pray especially before the Cross from which great graces are coming. Now in your homes make a special consecration to the Cross. Promise that you will neither offend Jesus nor abuse the Cross.” [September 12, 1985]
“Pray at the foot of the Cross for peace.” [September 12, 1984]
“Be conscious, my beloved, that I am your Mother and that I have come to earth to teach you how to listen out of love, to pray out of love and not compelled by the fact that you are carrying a Cross. By means of the Cross, God is glorified through every person.” [November 29, 1984]
The Most Blessed Sacrament
“Tonight also, dear children, I am grateful to you in a special way for being here. Unceasingly adore the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I am always present when the faithful are adoring. Special graces are then being received.”
[March 15, 1984]
“You have forgotten the Bible,” said Our Lady crying.
“Dear Children, today I call on you to read the Bible every day in your homes and let it be in a visible place so as always to encourage you to read it and to pray.” [October 18, 1984]
“Each Thursday, read again the passage of Matthew 6:24-
“Whoever has done very much evil during his life can go straight to Heaven if he confesses, is sorry for what he has done, and receives communion at the end of his life.” June 24, 1982]
“Today I call you to confession, even if you have confessed a few days ago. I wish that you all experience my feast day within yourselves, but you cannot experience it unless you abandon yourselves completely to God. Therefore I am inviting you all to reconciliation with God.” [March 24, 1985]
“One must invite people to go to confession each month, especially the first Saturday… I have invited people to frequent confession… there are numerous who do not observe it. Monthly confession will be a remedy for the Church in the West. One must convey this message to the West.” [August 6, 1982]
Also today, in my arms I bring you little Jesus, the King of Peace, to bless you with His peace. Little children, in a special way today I call you to be my carriers of peace in this peaceless world. God will bless you. Little children, do not forget that I am your mother. I bless you all with a special blessing, with little Jesus in my arms. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
[Christmas Day 2005]
“Devote five minutes to the Sacred Heart. Each family is an image of it.”
[July 2, 1983]
“Dear children, during this period I would like you to pray in your families with your children. I would like you to talk with your children. I would like you to exchange your experiences and help them to solve all their problems… Pray, is medicine which heals.” [September 9, 1988]
The Holy Spirit
“Dear children, you are absorbed with material things, but in the material you lose everything that God wishes to give you. I call you, dear children, to pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit which is necessary for you in order to be able to give witness to my presence here and to all I am giving you.” [April 17, 1986]
“Begin by calling on the Holy Spirit. The most important thing is to pray to the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit descends on earth, then everything becomes clear and everything is transformed.” [Advent, 1983]
“Tonight, I wish to tell you during the days of this novena [prior to Pentecost] to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on your families and on your parish. Pray, and you shall not regret it. God will give you the gifts by which you will glorify Him until the end of your life on earth.” [June 2, 1984]
Words from Heaven
“My dear children, today I want you to decide for paradise. This way is difficult for those who have not decided for God. Dear children, decide and believe that God is offering Himself to you in His fullness. You are invited and you need to answer the call of the Father, who is calling you through me. Pray, because in prayer each one of you will be able to achieve complete love. I am blessing you and I desire to help you so that each one of you might be under my Motherly mantle. Thank you for having responded to my call.” [October 25, 1987.]
Our Lady’s Monthly Message
Given to the Medjugorje visionary
Also today I am with you and call all of you to complete conversion. Decide for God, little children, and you will find in God the peace your heart seeks. Imitate the lives of the saints and may they be an example for you; and I will inspire you as long as the Almighty permits me to be with you.
Thank you for having responded to my call.”