is located in the former Yugoslavia. It is a small mountain village
in the region of Bosnia, Herzegovina, the former Yugoslavia. This true
story takes place in the Bijakovici section of Medjugorje. Since the
first apparition of the Gospa(Our Lady) to six children on June 24,
1981 on the hill of Podbrdo of Mount Crnica (now called Apparition Hill),
the entire region has been caught in the controversy of the apparitions
and the messages of Gospa.
the afternoon of June 24, 1981, two girls, Ivanka Ivankovic age
15, and Mirjana Dragicevic age 16, were returning home from a walk.
Looking toward the hill called Crnica, Ivanka saw a bright silhouette
of a woman. She said to Mirjana, "It is the Gospa!" (Our
On June 25, the two girls returned to the hill with four others.
Their names are, Vicka Ivankovic age 16, Ivan Dragivevic age 16,
Maria Pavlovic age 16 and Jakov Colo age 10. A figure in white was
calling them to come up the hill. The children were somehow transported
in some mysterious way to a beautiful Lady who calls herself, the
Queen of Peace.
Lady gives messages to the seers for the whole world. To date The Queen
of Peace has left thousands of messages. At first the messages were
almost daily. Now for the past several years they come on the 25th of
each month. Though there are thousands of messages, there are 6 primary
ones. The basic messages consist of, conversion, prayer, fasting, faith,
peace and reconciliation. The six seers are also receiving ten secrets
each. The secrets are of future chastisements because of sin. The visionaries
say the 10 secrets will remain secrets until an appointed time. Only
the visionaries know the day and time the messages will be revealed.
The secrets will be released to the world one at a time through a priest,
(now chosen). Prior to each chastisement, the priest will receive a
parchment. He will not be able to read the parchment except with much
prayer, fasting, and help from the Lady. The messages about chastisements
will be announced to the world three days before the event is to take
Mirjana and Jokov have received all ten secrets, they no longer see
the Lady except on special occasions. The remaining 3 visionaries have
each received 9 of the 10 secrets, and they still see the Lady almost
every day up till now.
an interview with Vicka on September 8, 1988, she described the first
apparitions of the Lady. Here is the interview.
The first day, Ivanka and Mirjana went for a walk because we sometimes
went for walks on that road. In the afternoon when I got up and went
and I followed them. As I approached them Milka, sister of Mirjana,
called to hurry. I thought that they were looking at something on the
be a snake. From a distance it seemed to me that they were looking on
the road, not at the hill, but when I came close they were saying, "Ma,
Vicka, Gospa." Which means: "look, Vicka, there is Our Lady."
"What do you mean Our Lady?" was my reaction. I turned quickly,
threw away my shoes and ran back home straight away. I mean I ran away.
At that moment Ivan came along. I said, "Ivan, they are claiming
that they see Our Lady. We do not have to see but at least let us go
closer." Ivan, who was carrying some apples said, "Lets go."
He was full of courage by saying that we would go, but as we drew nearer
to them I turned around, and Ivan had run away. He was not there and
I was alone.
At that moment I was alone and I could not go back or forward. Something
stronger kept me there and then, my God, they were calling me, "Come
Vicka, come." They asked me to come closer. I was afraid. I must
not even look at them especially not at the hill where Our Lady was.
While I was standing there at the spot wondering where I would go, suddenly
something very strong possessed me and in a moment I was beside them.
When I came close to them I did not at first look straight to the hill.
They were telling me, "Come on Vicka, look, Our Lady is waving
at us, while keeping something in her hand." I was afraid. I was
afraid to look towards the hill. Then suddenly, maybe with the grace
of God, I looked at the hill, and Our Lady was there in front of us.
There are no words for man to describe that day. It was happiness because
I saw Our Lady but still we are all human and I wondered if she would
come tomorrow. On the second day in the afternoon the three of us, myself,
Mirjana and Ivanka went walking. We said that we would go and see if
our Lady was coming. We expected to see Her but still wondering if She
would come. We went along the same road to the same spot as the previous
day. Ivanka was again first to see Our Lady.
I returned home to bring Marija and Jakov because after the first day
they asked me, "Vicka, if you see Our Lady, come and get us. We
do not have to see her but we would like to be with you." So I
went to bring the two of them but they were already on their way to
the hill. We had nothing on our feet and it seemed that we were not
walking on the ground but gliding above it. Suddenly we found ourselves
at the apparition site. On that second day those who were not so shy
could ask questions but mostly we were praying with the Lady. On the
third day I took a glass of holy water and sprinkled it at Our Lady,
I said, "If you are Our Lady, stay with us but if you are not,
leave us alone." The Lady smiled, and the water which I threw just
flowed off her dress.
Lady has appeared in Medjugorje every day since June 24, 1981 to present.
on March 1, 1984, Our Lady began giving Weekly Messages to St. James
parish in Medjugorje and the World.
on January 25, 1987, Our Lady began giving these Messages on the 25th
of each Month. After 21+ years, Our Lady still appears to 3
of the visionaries daily (Marija, Vicka, and Ivan). The 25th
of the month message is always given by Our Lady to the visionary Marija.
has told the young people: "I have come to tell the world that
God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and
obtain peace, you must return to God."
the apparitions, the visionaries do not react to light, they do not
hear any earthly sound, they do not react to being touched. They have
been subjected to many scientific tests even during the apparitions,
and the findings are well documented. While with Our Lady they feel
they are outside time and space.
Why this small village was chosen by the Blessed Mother to be the place
she would again repeat her messages of Lourdes and Fatima..
that of peace and prayer.. are a divine mystery. Certainly
nothing in the history of Medjugorje suggested that in this communist
nation would be a fertile place to encourage prayer, conversion and
devotion to God. Bosnia-Hercegovina is multi-ethnic claiming Serbs,
Croats, and over 30 percent Muslims. The disintegration of Yugoslavia
in 1991 led Bosnia and Hercegovina to declare its independence along
with Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia.
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