Medjugorija

Viva Marija – Međugorje, Medjugorje. Zdravo Marijo

 

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Međugorje je jedno od najpoznatijih katoličkih svetišta u svijetu, smješteno u blizini grada Čitluka, u južnom dijelu Bosne i Hercegovine. Broji oko 4300 stanovnika, a postalo je poznato kroz ukazanja Djevice Marije, koja se kao fenomen počela javljati 1981. godine. Od tada je ovohercegovačko mjesto, uz Sarajevo, jedan od najposjećenijih turističkih centara Bosne i Hercegovine, koje godišnje obiđe oko milion katolika iz cijelog svijeta. Za razliku od marijanskog svetišta u francuskom Lourdesu, koji je sa šest miliona turista-vjernika postao pravi komercijalni raj za domaće ugostitelje, međugorsko svetište je još uvijek zadržalo svoj prvobitni šarm, u kojem hodočasnici nalaze mir u vjeri. Centar okupljanja u Svetištu kraljice mira, kako se međugorsko svetište službeno zove, je crkva sv. Jakova u centru mjesta.

     Za vrijeme rimskog doba ovo je područje pripadalo naronskom okrugu. Pronađeni su ostaci kasnoantičke bazilike. Međugorje se prvi put spominje 1599. godine, u povijesnim dokumentima, kao autonomna župa. Sadašnja župa osnovana je 1892.godine i posvećena je sv. Jakovu, zaštitniku hodočasnika. Današnja župna crkva dovršena je 1969. godine i posvećena je Sv. Jakovu Zebedejevom. Prva crkva građena je 1897. godine, ali nakon prvog svjetskog rata, zbog nestabilnosti je neupotrebljiva. Na vrhu brda Križevcu, 1933. sagrađen je križ za 1900. godišnjicu razapeća Isusa Krista na kojem se nalazi natpis: Isusu Kristu, Otkupitelju ljudskog roda, u znak svoje vjere, ljubavi i nade, u spomen 1900. godišnjice Muke Isusove. Nakon 24. lipnja 1981. godine piše se drugačija povijest, kada su počela ukazanja Gospe sa Isusom. Od tada se Međugorje počelo ubrzano razvijati pružajući hodočasnicima sve potrebne sadržaje za vrijeme njihova posjeta ovom svjetski poznatom svetištu.[1]

 

Međugorje

Medjugorje- Čitluku front door, that Our Lady appeared to the Croats,” the famous verse came from ordinary people, pilgrims who have come up walking all over the world in this little town in Herzegovina.

Medjugorje is unrivaled largest Croatian sanctuary, though not yet officially recognized. No one knows the exact number of visitors a year but it is certain that the number exceeds one million.

Medjugorje was a typical poor Herzegovina village with a church of St Joseph. Jacob until the 24th June 1981. year when, according to testimony, then six young parishioners happened first apparition of the Virgin Mary. Since then, it becomes increasingly important item on the world map, and little by little turned into one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world.

Medjugorje has many special features. Nowhere, so do not walk, does not exist so cruel rocks by which pilgrims walk barefoot, so young, so many converts, incredibly poor care of all the structures of the apparitions to date, etc. but once unbeatable:

                                   Medjugorje is a confessional world.
In support of this fact goes one statement of Croatian archbishop that he speaks with a senior Vatican official person and he asked that Croatian Archbishop what he thinks about Medjugorje. He briefly answered. “Your confession Excellency go there to confess for three hours and you will know”
Inevitable place on the occasion of the arrival in Medjugorje: Apparition Hill, Cross Mountain, Cenacolo, Mother’s Village, etc.
Medjugorje is no fun, no luxury, no historical monuments. It gives everyone just one thing that all substitutes – Prayer.

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In the Beginning

  

 is a small mountain village in Bosnia-Herzegovina,the former Yugoslavia. The following testimony was given by Ivanka Ivankovic-Elez in Buffalo, NY, on November 23, 2008:

 

Going back in history – on the 24th of June, 1981, my life changed forever. I never thought that something like this would happen, that the Mother of Christ could appear to me, and I never heard about Fatima or Lourdes at that time.

My family and I at that time were living in Mostar, and we came home to Medjugorje on summer vacation. And visionary Mirjana was visiting from Sarajevo. So on the 24th of June, Mirjana and I and some other friends of ours, after Mass, decided to go outside the church and talk about our summer vacation. I don’t remember how long we were there walking around and we couldn’t wait any more for the rest of the girls to come, so we decided to go back to the village. On the way back something was pulling my eyes to the hillside. When I looked on the hillside, I told Mirjana, “Mirjana, look up there! There is Our Lady!” She did not want to even look up there and she said, “Don’t talk nonsense. It could not be.” Mirjana was just remaining quiet and we continued to walk. When we came to the village, Marija’s sister, Milka said she was looking for her sheep. As soon as she saw me she said, “What happened to you? You look different.”  I told her, “I just saw Our Lady.” Then all three of us walked back to the same place and we all saw Our Lady at that time. Our Lady was on the hillside, standing about 600 meters up on the hill and She was motioning Her hand for us to come closer. But we were just standing still. We were afraid to go up there.

In the meantime, Vicka came to join us, and she said, “What is happening to you?” We said,” Hurry up! We see Our Lady!” When she heard that she simply took her shoes off and started running back to the village, and on the way to the village she met two Ivans – Ivan who is the visionary, and his friend also called Ivan. She told them what was happening and then all three of them came to join us. Even though there were more of us now, we were still afraid to go up the hillside, We were still very excited and very confused at what was happening. Some of us went to the closest home and we went inside and told the people in the household what we saw. We just told them, “We saw Our Lady,” but the people said, “Don’t play and don’t tell that to anyone.” Then they chased us out of the yard.

When I came to my home, my grandmother was there and I told her what I saw, and she told me, “It’s probably someone tending their sheep.” I was only 15 years old at that time, and that night was never longer in my lifetime as that. Whenever we told any of the other people what we saw, they did not interfere. But the next morning, even though Medjugorje had only one phone in the whole village, the news went around to other villages what was happening in Medjugorje. So the next day more people gathered. My grandmother then raised her hand and said, “Whatever is happening, no matter who is up on the hillside, you are not leaving my sight.”

When we reached the place where we were standing before, we saw flashes of light on the hillside, three times, and something was pulling us forward to come closer. So six of us were pulled so quickly other people could not keep up with us. When we came close to Our Lady we saw the beauty that no words can describe. My eyes never saw anything more beautiful than that. Our Lady has a gray gown, white veil, a crown around Her head with stars. She has blue eyes and dark hair, and She’s standing on a cloud. At that very moment, we all knelt in front of Our Lady.

Two months before that began, my mother had died; she passed away because she was very ill. That day when we knelt in front of Our Lady, I asked Our Lady, “Where is my mother?”  Our Lady just smiled and said, “Your mother is with me,” and Our Lady said, “Do not be afraid of anything. I will always be with you.  I will come tomorrow.”

In the meantime, some other people who started to walk with us reached the base of the hillside and they saw something unusual happening to us, and they suggested that the next day when we come, we should bring holy water and sprinkle the apparition. So when Our Lady appeared on the third day, Vicka took holy water and she said, “If you are of God, stay with us; if you are not, go away.” Then She smiled and She said, “I am the Queen of Peace,” and the first message of Our Lady was peace. Later on, She added conversion, prayerfasting and penance. So those are the main ones, the most important messages from the first days.