The feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the parish of Medjugorje was permeated with a unique and exceptional spiritual atmosphere. The multitude of faithful prepared itself for that feast day with a strict nine-day fast and long recollected prayer. The main idea of the highly attended devotional novena was to draw closer to the Immaculate Virgin with a heart as pure as possible.
To that purpose the faithful under the guidance of the priests prayed special prayers to God for the eradication of one of the most basic human sins, like blasphemy, adultery, slander and drunkenness. Along with that each one publicly renounced his own sins before the altar and publicly pronounced his personal confession of faith.
On the very feast day of Immaculate Conception the church and the church yard in Medjugorje were filled with a multitude of the faithful from just about every part of the world. Special pilgrims arrived from Maria Bistrica, from Zagreb and from Ljubljana. A group of Orthodox faithful also arrived from Sapac and a group of Catholics from the island of Pag. The pastor specially greeted all those pilgrims from distant places and wished them a warm welcome. The pilgrims from Ljubljana brought with them sprays of fresh carnations and placed them as a gift to Our Lady in Medjugorje. Despite the overcast and wintry weather, the faithful attended the holy mass in exemplary recollection and patience. The church choir from the parish of Humac sang enthusiastically at the mass. A large number of the faithful also received the sacrament of hold confession. That is best confirmed by the fact that twenty priests continuously heard confessions for 4:30 PM till 9:00 PM.
There is no doubt that the spiritual fruits in Medjugorje are more and more visible, and that is what brings joy to all men of good will.
B. - L.
Naša Ognjišta, XII., 1, (79) Duvno-Tomislavgrad, January, 1982, p. 13.
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