2012 Easter Vigil Holy Mass
THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!
“Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
To all parishioners, pilgrims, friends, benefactors, and to all men of goodwill a
Blessed and Happy Easter!
Parish priest and the Franciscans
The tradition from the past in our Diocese is that faithful pray from the Fifth Sunday in Lent until Palm Sunday to prevent cursing and blaspheming of God. All parishioners and pilgrims have been invited this week to offer up all of their prayer intentions, especially the prayer of the Way of the Cross on Friday, as atonement to God for all of the sins caused through cursing.
Palm Sunday is the beginning of the Holy Week, the highlight of the preparation for the Feast of Resurrection. The Holy Mass on Palm Sunday will start at 10.30 a.m. at the ruins of the old parish church. The procession will go from there to the church of St. James, where Holy Mass is going to be celebrated. There will be also two other Holy Masses in the Croatian language, at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the evening. The blessing of the olive and palm branches will take place at all of those Holy Masses. The Rosary at Apparition Hill will be at 2 p.m.
2012 EASTER IN MEDJUGORJE
Holy Thursday, April 5, 2012 – On this day when Church remembers institution of Holy Eucharist and Priesthood, it is allowed only to celebrate Holy Mass of consecration of the oil and Holy Mass of Lord’s Supper. Holy Mass of consecration of the oil can be celebrated only by bishop in his cathedral. Therefore, on that day before noon, in Medjugorje there are no confessions and no Holy Masses celebrated. Prayer of the Rosary begins at 5 p.m. and solemn Holy Mass of Lord’s Supper at 6 p.m. After Holy Mass there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and all faithful will have opportunity for silent prayer until Midnight.
Good Friday, April 6,2012– Friday of Lord’s Passion. In the morning there are no services, nor confession in the Church. The way of the Cross for parishioners and Croatian pilgrims on the Cross Mountain is at 11 a.m. Rosary is at 5 p.m. and service of Lord’s Passion at 6 p.m. On that day, the Cross is in the center, and all faithful are invited to meditate on meditation of passion, death and burial of our Lord. Good Friday is day of strict fasting in the Church. There will be opportunity for sacrament of Confession until service begins.
Note: According to instructions from our Diocese, collections on Good Friday during the Veneration of the Holy Cross are intended for Holy Land.
Holy Saturday, April 7, 2012 – Our Church on this day meditates and prays next to Grave of our Lord. In the morning, there will be no services in Medjugorje church. Rosary is at 8 p.m. and Holy Mass at 9 p.m. There will be confession until beginning of the Holy Mass. Prayer programme is going to be broadcasted through Radio Station “Mir” Medjugorje.
Easter, Sunday, April 8, 2012 – Holy Masses in Croatian language are at 7, 8 and11 a.m. and 6 p.m.