"Pope Authorizes Official Pilgrimages to Medjugorje"
May 13, 2019
Medjugorje Pilgrimage9 days
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- 7 Nights: Modern Pansion/Hotel, Medjugorje in double occupancy
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine with dinners
- Assistance of local guide throughout
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily (English at 10:00am & Croatian at 6:00pm)
- Visit to Community Cenacolo
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver
Day 1: Depart for Medjugorje
Make your way to your local airport to depart on your overnight flight. Your meals will be served on board.
Day 2: Arrive Medjugorje
Upon arrival in Europe, you will change gates to board your short connection flight to either: Dubrovnik, Split, or Sarajevo airport. Upon arrival, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival hall, where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver, who will take you on the 2.5 hour drive to the village of Medjugorje. Dinner will be served before you retire for the evening.
Days 3 - 8: Experiencing Medjugorje
The town of Medjugorje is known for its simplicity and peace. While in Medjugorje, you will have the opportunity to deepen your faith through the gift of the sacraments, the Rosary, and sharing in the spiritual journey of pilgrims from all over the world. A local guide will accompany your group throughout your stay in the village.
Highlights of Experiences in Medjugorje:
Attend Daily Mass:Each morning at 10:00 AM, your group will assemble at St. James Church for Holy Mass (English-Speaking). At the end of each Mass, regardless of language, there is a blessing of religious articles for pilgrims.
Climb Apparition Hill:This mountainous hill is the site where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. At the base of the hill is a Blue Cross where Our Lady appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the apparitions. Mirjana, one of the visionaries, also had public apparitions at this cross on the second day of every month. While climbing to the top of Apparition Hill, pilgrims are invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times to pray each decade of the Rosary in front of huge bronze reliefs depicting each mystery. At the top of the hill, there is a beautiful statue of Our Lady in the exact location of her first apparition. Enjoy private time for prayer in this holy place.
Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain):In 1933, the villagers of Medjugorje began construction on a 30-foot-high cross atop the mountain to commemorate the 1900th Anniversary of Jesus' passion and death. The parishioners meditated on the Way of the Cross as they carried the heavy materials for construction up the mountain. A relic of the True Cross of Jesus received from Rome, was built into this cross. It remains a central point of one’s pilgrimage to Medjugorje. As pilgrims climb the mountain, they pray at the Stations of the Cross to meditate on Jesus' suffering, pausing fourteen times for each station at the huge bronze reliefs. You will then have private time for prayer at the top of the mountain in front of the cross.
Apparitions: Each evening at 5:00 PM (or 6:00 PM depending on Daylight Savings Time), your group can join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje at either St James Church or Apparition Hill to commemorate the time Our Lady appears to the Visionaries. There you can pray the Rosary, as you all await that time (5:40 PM or 6:40 PM during Daylight Savings Time).
*Afterward, Croatian Mass is held at St. James Church and is free to all to attend. It is broadcasted by the radio, simultaneously in order to translate the services from Croatian into many languages. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick.
**For details about the Visionaries, please visit: www.206tours.com/visionaries
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: The messages of Our Lady have always called us to be close to her Son. In response to her call, pilgrims will have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament at the altar outside of St. James Church. Adoration is on Tuesdays and Saturdays; Veneration of the Cross is on Fridays. Additionally, there is an Adoration Chapel on the grounds of St. James Church, where Adoration is held in the afternoon hours. Eucharistic Adoration is one of the most memorable experiences in Medjugorje. During the service, the outside altar is surrounded by several thousand pilgrims and locals, as everyone rests in deep prayer and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Visit the Community of Cenacolo: Pilgrims will have the opportunity to visit the Community of Cenacolo, founded by Sr. Elvira Petrozzi in 1983 for young men and women who have struggled with addiction and brokenness. You will be able to listen to their inspirational testimonies of recovery and healing through their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: The bronze statue of the Risen Christ depicts Our Lord with His arms raised in triumph. The statue is located on the grounds of St. James Church. It miraculously seeps droplets of water out of Christ's right knee which many pilgrims capture with a handkerchief. It is a site for reflection and prayer.
Visit to Tihaljina: Just 20 miles from Medjugorje, you will visit the Immaculate Conception Parish Church which contains the Our Lady of Grace statue so many pilgrims associate with Medjugorje. A private mass will be celebrated for your group along with time for quiet prayer.
Visit to Široki Brijeg: Only 18 miles from Medjugorje, you will go to Široki Brijeg after visiting Tihaljina. Here you will visit the Franciscan Friary of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On February 7, 1945, 30 Franciscan friars were executed for refusing to renounce their faith. Fr. Jozo Zovko, the parish priest who was in Medjugorje at the time when the apparitions began, was stationed here as guardian for many years and received thousands of pilgrims at this church.
Day 9: Medjugorje - Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, you will depart for Dubrovnik, Split or Sarajevo Airport for your return flight(s) home.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
About your trip
On June 25, 1981, in the mountain village of Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Our Lady appeared to six children. She identified herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace and continues to appear to several of the visionaries today. Her mission is to promote peace with God and mankind through her Son, Jesus. Mary's own words to the children explained, "I have come to tell the world that God exists." 206 Tours has been arranging pilgrimages to Medjugorje since 1985.