July 1, 2013.
July 1 Update: Our Lady Said, "Same Time, Same Place"
Description of July 1, 2013 Apparition and Events at Caritas:
Pilgrims began gathering in the Field for the apparition of Our Lady to visionary Marija throughout the afternoon leading up to the Rosary that began at 6:00 p.m. Our Lady had stated the day before that the apparition would be in the Bedroom and a short time before the prayer began, several members of the Caritas community were sent out among the crowd in the Field to choose at random various pilgrims to come to the Bedroom. Our Lady always blesses everyone in the Field every apparition, and hears their prayers, but it is a special grace to be able to be in close proximity to Marija when she is in ecstasy during the visitation of Our Lady—to see her voice fade away while her lips continue to move and watch as her upturned eyes stare into. Following is Marija’s description of the July 1, 2013 apparition in the Bedroom:
“Our Lady prayed over us and she blessed us all. And She said “Same time, same place.” (In regards to tomorrow’s apparition on July 2.)
And She blessed everyone out in the Field? “Yes, I recommend all.”
Were Her eyes opened or closed? “Open. She watch us.”
What Marija means when Our Lady “watches” those present in the apparition, is that She moves Her eyes from face to face, taking in each person before Her. Marija says this is a beautiful gesture of Our Lady, who is a real Mother who dearly loves each of Her children. She desires us to know that She knows and sees us all as individual people, not just a conglomeration of faces in a crowd.
The first day of the Five Days of Prayer was beautiful in many ways. On the way to 6:30 Mass at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Birmingham, pilgrims arriving from all the area hotels as well as those who first came to pray in the Field at Caritas for 5:00 a.m. Morning Prayer, were greeted by a full brilliantly- colored rainbow. It was taken as a sign from God, a remembrance of His covenant with His people, an encouragement to everyone that there would be beautiful blessings from these days of prayer for ourselves, our families and our nation. The weather was actually cool this morning, not typical for July in the South. Even so, the pilgrims came with a spirit to cheerfully suffer with whatever the weather conditions may be as an offering to God to add greater merit to their prayers. July 1, was a day of repentance, a day for pilgrims to meditate upon their relationship with God and to repent of their sins. In doing so, they would be ready to make their individual consecration to Our Lady on July 2.