• At 7:00 pm there is a theatrical play in front of the Church of St James given by young boys and girls from the Cenacolo Community (community of former drug addicts). The area around the church becomes Bethlehem for a few hours and you can see those important moments in Mary's and Joseph's lives, including the night when Jesus was born.
• Prayer starts at 10 pm in the church of St. James. First there is an Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar followed by the central event of the program, the Holy Mass. At around midnight it is the moment when the bread and vine are turned into the body and blood of Jesus. The moment when the miracle happens. In those moments fireworks display in our hearts! That is how we will enter into a new year
The parish of Medjugorje has been organizing the New Year's prayer program for many years and number of people who want to attend it is increasing every year. Whoever comes once, comes back again for sure.
A big screen will be put up in the New Hall, and a tent will be built for all those who may not find place in the church, so that everyone may keep dry and warm.
Ever since the first apparition of Our Lady took place in Medjugorje in year 1981., this small village became one of the most important destinations for pilgrims in the whole world. Regardless of their age, nationality, color, education, and even religious believes, people from the whole world are coming to Medjugorje to find peace and sense of life. A call from Medjugorje is always an individual call. Millions have left this village with a smile on their face, and strength to go back to their every day routine. There are pilgrims in Medjugorje throughout the whole year, but there are a few dates that are very special and always bring increased number of people to the village chosen by Our Lady. December 31. is one of those dates.
WHY NEW YEAR'S EVE IN MEDJUGORJE?
Young people are people on the move, people with fresh ideas, strength and desire to make a difference. Pretty soon they get tired of false things, commercialized events and people who want to take advantage of them.
When a person comes to Medjugorje he feels special and understood. He feels accepted and protected. He feels young, no matter how old he is. Therefore, coming to Medjugorje is like coming home, like going back to the happy childhood (even if you never had it...). It is a coming to your mother. Our Lady has been inviting us (for almost 30 years now) to take her hand, to let her help us. It is a time of decisions, a time to decide for God.
WHO IS INVITED?
In Medjugorje Our Lady addresses her messages to her dear children. She never said: "Dear Catholics", or "Dear Americans" or anything like that...She always says: "Dear children..." Every human being is Her child, and a call from Medjugorje is always an individual call. Every individual has been invited for so many times by Our Lady.
It is always a challenge, especially for young people, to try something new, something they never tried before. This is a different way of spending the common event. Sometimes it takes courage to do something different, and it is usually the young that dare to make a difference.
A mother is calling her children.
EVERYONE IS INVITED! :)