The Apparitions of December 8-13, 1999
Marija Lunetti, one of the six visionaries of Medjugorje, came to be with the Community of Caritas during their annual Five Days of Prayer for the Reconciling of Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Nation Back to God. Our Lady appeared to her every day. Approximately forty to fifty thousand pilgrims moved through and came to all or part of these special five days of prayer. Our Lady did many beautiful things while She was here with them. The following is a description of the apparitions and Our Lady’s messages given during these days.
December 8, 1999 Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Two Apparitions the Same Day
Close to five thousand people were present during this apparition which took place in the Field. At the moment of the apparition, Marija separated herself from the crowd and knelt in front of Our Lady’s statue. Our Lady appeared to Marija at 10:45 a.m. The following are Marija’s own words in describing the apparition:
“When Our Lady appeared, She came all dressed in gold. I recommended each of you and every intention of your hearts. Our Lady extended Her hands over all of us and prayed over us for a long time. I asked Our Lady to bless each and every one of us and to bless all the religious objects that you brought. Our Lady then smiled at all of us and prayed a moment and then She raised Her arm and blessed us with the Sign of the Cross. I then asked Our Lady if She had something that She wanted to tell us. Our Lady then looked at me and smiled and said:
“Our Lady then raised Her hand again (a second time) and blessed us and then left.”
During the apparition, Marija had asked Our Lady what time She would appear the following day. Marija told the Community later that Our Lady changed the time of the apparition from the morning to 5:40 p.m. in the evening. This was a sign for them that Our Lady was “running the events there,” that She had come with special plans of Her own and had Her own schedule She wished them to follow. Unknown to the Community, Marija had also asked if Our Lady would appear again that evening for a private apparition for the Community. Our Lady said, “yes, in the home, at a twenty ‘til six.” Our Lady appeared to Marija at 5:40 p.m. Our Lady stayed with them for several minutes, a longer apparition than normal. Marija said that Our Lady looked at each of the Community members individually, smiled, blessed them all and then told them the words She had spoken earlier in the day:
December 9, 1999
The Rosary began at 4:30 p.m. out in the Field. There were close to eight thousand people present. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition:
“I would like to describe how Our Lady arrived tonight. She arrived tonight on a cloud like She usually does in Her gray dress, covered with a white veil. Her head was crowned with twelve stars. Tonight Our Lady was happy. She looked at each of us present, and I recommended each and every one of you and all of your intentions. In a very special way, I recommended all of the sick. Then Our Lady extended Her arms and began to pray over us. I asked Our Lady to bless all of us, to bless all of the things we ask to be blessed, and to bless our petitions. Our Lady blessed all of the things, and then She said, ‘Go in peace.’ At the end, I asked Her, ‘What time are you coming tomorrow?’ And Our Lady said, ‘At the same time as tonight and in the same place.’ Then She smiled and left. That is everything.”
December 10, 1999
Our Lady appeared to Marija around 5:40 p.m. tonight out in the Field. The following is Marija’s description of the apparition.
“When Our Lady appeared, I recommended everyone and their intentions to Our Lady. She responded by extending Her arms and prayed over us for a very long time. Then Our Lady looked at each of us present. I then asked Our Lady if She had anything to tell us. Smiling, Our Lady said:
“Then Our Lady blessed us with the Sign of the Cross and left. Our Lady said that tomorrow’s apparition would be at:
December 11, 1999
The fourth day of the five days of prayer was a special Christmas celebration. Our Lady had told Marija She would be appearing in the middle of this special event. Every pilgrim was asked to bring a flower to present before the crib of Jesus to show their love and commitment to Him. Twelve thousand people came that night carrying their flowers and their hearts in their hands to Our Lady. The following is Marija’s explanation of Our Lady’s apparition that night in the Field:
“At the moment when Our Lady arrived tonight, She looked at each and every one of us. She remained in silence, and I understood that I was being permitted to be able to recommend all of us. As I began to recommend everyone and all the intentions that we have in our hearts, Our Lady remained in silence. Then I began to recommend all of the sick that are here. And Our Lady remained in silence and watched all of us still! I kept looking at Our Lady, and I smiled and said, ‘Well, I recommend all the little ones and the big ones.’ And Our Lady gave me a big smile in return. Then Our Lady began to pray over us. After She prayed over us, I felt in my heart that maybe Our Lady wanted to say something to us. And so I said, ‘Well, do you have something to tell us?’ And Our Lady said:
“But the thing that I wanted to leave as a surprise for the end was that Our Lady wasn’t alone. She came with three angels. Our Lady gave us a surprise even though it wasn’t Christmas. She celebrated with us by bringing angels.” [see Appendix to American Messages]
December 12, 1999
Our Lady appeared to Marija around 5:40 p.m. in the Field among thousands of pilgrims. The following is Marija’s description of this apparition.
“At the moment of the apparition, when Our Lady appeared, She immediately began praying over us, and She prayed for a long time. Then I recommended to Our Lady each and every one of you and all your intentions and in a special way the sick and all our loved ones who aren’t here with us. I asked Our Lady to bless us and all the objects we carry with us. Our Lady made the Sign of the Cross and She blessed all of us.”
Our Lady told Marija that She would appear to her the following morning at 8:00 a.m. for a private apparition with the Community.
December 13, 1999
The Community gathered in the Bedroom around 7:00 a.m. to begin praying in preparation for the apparition. As Our Lady appeared, they could tell by Marija’s face this apparition was special. Marija, throughout this apparition, had a smile on her face. In ecstasy, Marija’s face is always serious. As the apparition ended, Marija’s eyes followed Our Lady back to Heaven for several moments. Marija then broke her constant routine of always saying the Magnificat and said in English, “Our Lady came with five angels!” She began then to pray the Magnificat as she and all of the Community wept. Following is Marija’s description of the apparition:
“Our Lady came with five angels today! Our Lady prayed over us and blessed us. She looked at each and every one of us.”
After the apparition, the Community asked Marija to describe the angels. She said they were small, like the size of a two-year-old. Two had black hair, two had brown hair, and one had blonde hair. Two were on each side of Our Lady and the blonde haired angel fluttered above Her head. Marija said that they were gazing at Our Lady, never taking their eyes off of Her. Marija also said that never, in all her apparitions, has she seen the angels look away from Our Lady even for a second. [see Appendix to American Messages]