The State of Virginity

The State of Virginity
I should like you to be free of all worries. The unmarried man is busy with the Lord's affairs, concerned with pleasing the Lord; but the married man is busy with this world's demands and occupied with pleasing his wife. This means he is divided. The virgin - indeed, any unmarried woman - is concerned with things of the Lord, in pursuit of holiness in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has the cares of this world to absorb her and concerned with pleasing her husband. I am going into this with you for your own good. I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Sunday, September 19, 2010

ST. JAMES CHURCH, MEDJUGORJE

The external altar next to St. James Church was constructed in 1991.

One of my Medjugorje postcards. Really, Medjugorje has got the best postcards in the world. I have got a great collection of them!

The marble statue of Our Lady was placed in front of the church in 1987. Dino Felici sculpted it according to the descriptions given by the visionaries. I snapped this photo myself. Beautiful, isn't it?

The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes inside St. James Church.

The altar inside St. James Church

Stained glass windows in the church by Branimir Dorotic

One of the Stations of the Cross in the church by the famous Italian sculptor Peppino Sacchi. The 14 Stations of the Cross were placed in the church in 1996. Those who are not able to climb Mount Krizevac can have the opportunity to be immersed in the mystery of Jesus' passion before the carvings of this famous sculptor.

Building of the old St. James Church
On the 1st. of May 1892, the dreams of the parishioners became a reality. They could start building the church that they yearned for. The building of the church started in 1895 under the leadership of the parish priest Father Nikola Simovic. It took only two years to build. The building was supported by the Franciscan province and also by the many Croatian benefactors living in the country and abroad.

The church was the pride of the parishioners and their friars. Father Andeo Nuic was the parish priest of Medjugorje from 1907 to 1914. Fifteen years after the church and bell-tower were completed, the parishioners who emigrated to the USA bought a bell weighing 375.5 kg. In 1911, a large baroque altar was bought in Tyrol, Austria. The statue of St. Anthony was obtained three years later.

Thirty years later, the walls of the old St. James Church began to crack and its bell-tower leaned to the left. Nothing could be done to restore it. It became dangerous to use so the bells were removed and placed on beams in front of the church. In the summer, Holy Mass was celebrated in front of the church and in the winter Holy Mass was celebrated in the basement of the parish house. The old church was pulled down in 1979.

Building of the new St. James Church
In 1934, under the leadership of Father Bernardin Smoljan, the project for the building of the new parish church, on the land to the west of the parish house was approved. The parishioners donated the land. However, numerous difficulties arose as a result of which the building did not progress as planned. Digging of the foundation started on 21 June 1935. It took 8 months to finish a foundation of 42 metres by 21 metres and to build a four-metre high stone wall. After that, the buiding ceased until 17 October 1966 when the parish priest Father Radovan Petrovic together with the parishioners reommenced the building of the church which had been started more than three decades earlier.

Resources for the building of the church were donated by the parishioners, especially those who worked in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, and by numerous emigrants in countries overseas. The church was completed in a short time and was blessed on 19 January 1969 in the presence of all parishioners by Bishop Petar Cule and the provincial Father Rufin Silic. After the building of the bell-towers in May and June 1969, the bells that were on four oak trees in front of the old church were placed in them. In 1976, the floor was tiled with stone and in 1980 wooden benches were set in place.

During the past years, the church and the surrounding areas were organized to meet the needs of the growing number of pligrims so an external altar was constructed next to the church in 1991. Today Medjugorje is the confessional of the world. Numerous pilgrims have responded to the call of the Queen of Peace to conversion and reconciliation even at the very beginning of the apparitions.

3 comments:

  1. well, interesting information that I couldn't find anywhere in the net

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  2. Hi,
    Do they have tours from KL to Medugorje. Please give me the deatails if you can.

    Thanks
    John

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  3. I don't think so. You have to go on your own.

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