A REASON WHY THE MONTHLY MEDJUGORJE APPARITIONS TO MIRJANA WERE HALTED?
Bring the light of my Son and keep breaking the darkness which all the more wants to seize you. Do not be afraid. Through the grace and the love of my Son, I am with you.
Part message to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo, March 2, 2020
So just why did Our Lady’s monthly apparitons to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo come to a sudden end with the announcement on March 18 that she would no longer appear to the Medjugorje seer on the 2nd day of each month? There’s a simple and straight-forward reason, and it is to to with the the rapid spread of coronavirus around the world.
For years, Mirjana would meet with Our Lady every month at the lower Blue Cross situated at the base of Apparition Hill. The event attracted several hundreds of pilgrims who gathered to support and pray with Mirjana.
However, in an effort to restrict the spread of coronavirus, the government’s Federal Headquarters issued an order on March 18 “banning all public gatherings, suspending the operation of all catering facilities for the preparation and sale of food and beverages, restaurants, pizzerias, confectioneries, beauty salons, hookah bars, coffee bars, discos, tea shops, and cafes. It was also ordered to suspend all services of cultural and sports institutions, the operation of museums, theatres, activities in concert halls, art galleries, the operation of cinemas, swimming pools, baths, spas, fitness centres. Exempted from the order are restaurants engaged in the preparation and delivery of food, as well as soup kitchens, restaurants in hotels that will provide services only for hotel guests, subject to hygienic and epidemiological measures.”
The order took effect from 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the day Mirjana received her ‘annual’ apparition in the privacy of her own home, and announced that Our Lady would no longer appear to her on the 2nd of every month.
In these present circumstances and under the government ban in force from March 18, Mirjana’s monthly apparitions on Podbrdo would be considered ‘public gatherings’ and therefore illegal. And if she continued receiving the apparition in the privacy of her home then she would most likely run the risk of crowds of pilgrims gathering outside her house instead of at the Blue Cross, as witnessed on March 18.
Our Lady’s ‘decision’ to stop appearing to Mirjana in this way may have been her concern for the well-being of everyone, not just for Mirjana and the pilgrims who attend the prayer gathering.
RESTRICTIONS KICK IN… Also at Medjugorje, the weekly parish rosary which normally takes place on Apparition Hill each Friday has been suspended. So has the parish Sunday Stations of the Cross on Mt Krizevac. Gatherings at Mass are restricted, too, and there are no concelebrating priests. Limits on the movement of people under 18 and those over the age of 65 are also in operation.