A Marian apparition is an event in which the Virgin Mary is believed to have supernaturally appeared to one or more persons.
The central role of Virgin Mary in the belief and practice of Catholicism is reflected in the fact that a lot of Roman Catholic churches contain side altars dedicated to Mary. It is claimed apparitions or appearances are always accompanied by messages to the world.
The term Marian apparition is usually used in cases where visions of just the Virgin Mary herself are claimed. However, there are also cases where visions of Jesus and Mary and conversations with both are reported.
Here are most famous places, where Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared: Fatima, Lourdes, Medjugorje
Our Lady has been appearing so long in Medjugorje that to some it doesn’t even raise an eyebrow any longer. Is this something that should shake us to our very souls or is this just our Mother helping us a little and everything will be fine...? One statement we have from Our Lady is so strong it should literally stun us.
On June 24, 1981, at about 6pm six children - Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragičević,Vicka Ivanković,Ivan Dragičević,Ivan Ivanković and Milka Pavlović, were on a little hill named Crnica. While there, they saw a beautiful, young woman holding a baby in her arms. She never said anything that day, but tried to show them with her hands to come closer to her. The children got very scared and ran away, although they all thought they saw Virgin Mary.
|The very next day, children agreed to go back to Crnica. They wanted to see that beautiful woman again, and their wish came true. The woman was standing there, but this time she didn’t have a baby in her arms. She looked very happy, and was so beautiful, they knew she was divine. And again, the woman pointed her gracious hands towards them and showed to come closer. This time, the children were brave and stood next to Virgin Mary and started praying “Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be”. Virgin Mary prayed with them, except for when they prayed “Hail Mary”.
After praying, the children started to ask Mary a lot of questions. Mirjana asked Our Lady for some sign to show people that they weren’t lying or being crazy.
According to six visionaries, as well as millions of believers, the Virgin Mary began appearing in the tiny Balkan village of Medjugorje (med-you-gor-yeh) on June 24th, 1981. She has appeared every day since. Her messages, intended for all humanity, ask people to place God first in their lives.