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.
On June 24, 1981 six young adults from a small Croatian village in Bosnia and Herzegovina saw something that changed their lives forever. Our Lady of Peace appeared to them and told them not to be scared. They ran away, and came back the following day. Since then, this small village called Medjugorje visited hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, looking for a miracle, healing and to pray.
It is amazing that the ongoing events around the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, a place of pilgrimage in Bosnia-Herzegovina, last until now. Medjugorje became well known all over the world.
On Midsummer Day of 1981 six children saw a floating woman on a hill in the small, at that time Yugoslavian village. The woman was pointing to a newborn baby, she wore in her arm. Out of fear the children ran away. The next day, the 25th of June, the woman appeared again at the same place, this time alone, and this time the children ran to her and they started a conversation with her. This conversation has not ended until today. This woman is Virgin Mary and she still appeares to the six people and talks to them. She was wearing a light gray dress with a white veil and they told that she had blue eyes and was surrounded by a wreath of twelve stars.
On June 24, 1981, the Feast of St. John the Baptist, the village was thrown into turmoil by an extraordinary happening. Two teenagers from Bijakovici were walking along a path by Podbrdo hill when they saw the shining silhouette of a young woman holding a baby in her arms. She covered and uncovered the child as if to reveal Him to the children.
One of them, Ivanka Ivankovic, 16, looked up in astonishment and stared at the light. She exclaimed to her friend Mirjana, “Look, it’s Gospa!” (Gospa in Croatian means “Our Lady”.) Mirjana, sure that Ivanka was joking, did not even take the time to look in that direction. “C’mon!” She said, mocking her. “Do you really think I would believe that Gospa is appearing to us?” When Mirjana finally resolved to look up, she saw the Lady too and fell to her knees speechless. Their friend, Vicka Ivankovic, was passing by. “Look up there, Vicka! Our Lady is there! Look how beautiful she is!” They called to her. Vicka made fun of them without glancing toward the hill and ran away. When she met Ivan Dragicevic, 16, in the street she recounted to him the words of Mirjana and Ivanka. Then she said, “Let’s go together and see what is happening!” When they arrived at the foot of the hill, they too saw the silhouette of the Lady. Ivan, frightened, fled to his home at full speed leaving his shoes behind.