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PLAESE NOTE: We are dedicated to deliver greatest possible travel experience. That is why we prefer private trips whenever possible, hosting usually 4-8 travelers.
Delivering greatness, nonetheless!
About Funky Tours
Sarajevo Funky Tours is created to bring you greatest sightseeing experience, amazing activities & things to do in and around Sarajevo and rest of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We aim to be: B&H EXPERIENCE!
Please Note: Prefered number of guests on our trips is between 4-8, because we strive to make our tours personal and flexible as much as we can. If needed, we can accommodate much more (coach required tours).
This Medjugorje tour will be perfect opportunity for you to experience a true Divine and also it would be perfect opportunity for us to show you few more locations around beautiful Herzegovina, depending on how much time we have, perhaps Pocitelj and Mostar.
Join us and have a great experience.
PARISH MEDJUGORJE: The parish of Medjugorje is situated in Herzegovina, 25 km southwest of Mostar. Medjugorje, (the name is of Slavic origin, and signifies a region between two mounts) with villages of Bijakovići, Vionica, Miletina and Šurmanci, forms a Roman-Catholic paris where today about 5000 inhabitants live.
The pastoral cars of the paris is confided to the priests of the Herzegovinian Franciscan Province of the Assumptions of Mary.
The whole region is inhabited by Croats (Bosnian Croats) who received Christianity 13 centuries ago. In historical documents, the village was mentioned in 1599 for the first time. The persent parish was founded in 1892, and dedicated to St.James the Apostole, protector of pilgirms.
Until June 24, 1981, Medjugorje lived like all other villages of this region: people worked on their land, planted tobacco and vineyards, produced wine and vegetables to acquire just enough for modest life for their families. Becasue of social circumstances, many went out into the world: over the ocean and to Western European countries, as well as into towne in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
OUR LADY APPARITIONS: In 1981, when the apparitions started, the life of the parish changed: Our Lady choose for her witnesses and co-workers, not only 6 visionaries, but the entire parish and its pilgrims. This was expressly told in the following message: "I have chosen this parish in a special way, and I wish to lead it." (March 1st, 1984).
On June 24, 1981, at about 6 pm, six young people - Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragićević, Vicka Ivanković, Ivan Dragićević, Ivan Ivanković and Milka Pavlović, saw on the hill called Crnica, several hundred meters above the place called Podbrdo, a young woman with a child in her arms, who gave them a sign with her hadn to come nearer. Surpirsed and scared, they did not approach her.
The next day, June 25, 1981, at the same time, four of them Ivanka Ivanković, Mirjana Dragićević, Vicka Ivanković, Ivan Dragićević, felt strongly drawn towards the place where they had seen the person the day before, which they had recognized as Our Lady - Gospa. Marija Pavlović and Jakov Čolo joined them. The group of Medjugorje visionaries was formed. They prayed and spoked with Our Lady. This is why June 25th is celebrated as the Anniversary of the apparitions. According to the testimony of the visionaries, from that day onwards, they had daily apparitions, together or separately, wherever they were. Milka Pavlović and Ivan Ivanković never saw Our Lady again.
The third day of the apparitions, June 26, 1981, Our Lady gave the call to peace for the first time with the words: "Peace, peace, peace - and only peace! Peace must reign between God and man and between man!" Attracted by Our Lady's apparitions and messages, people - first the parishioners and then from the other villages and form all over the world - started to gather and pray.
The persecution of the visionaries, of their parents and relatives, of the parishioners and priests, and even of the pilgrims began immediately after the beginning of the apparitions. The visionaries were taken for police investigations and psyschiatrial examinations, but it was always stated that they were healthy. The same conclusion was made about further examinations done in the following years.
Fr. Jozo Zovko, pastor of Medjugorje at that time, was arrested fifty days after the first apparition. Although innocent, he was condemned by a communist court to three years and a half of prison.
Thanks to Our Lady's apparitions, Medjugorje - a simple village parish - became a place of a gathering for a multitude of pilgrims from the whole world (in the first 20 years, more than 20 million), and one of the biggest prayer centres in the World, comparable to Lourdes, Fatima and Guadalupe. Innumerable witnesses say that, precisely in this place, they have found faith and peace.
According to the unanimous witness of the visionaries, Our Lady gives them messages to be transmitted to the parish and to the world. They maily address PEACE, FAITH, COVERSION, PRAYER and FASTING.
The parishioners and the pilgrims have to become witnesses of Our Lady's apparitions and messages first, and then, toghether with a visionaries, join her in the realisation of the plan of the conversion of the world and its reconciliation with God.
At the end of 1982, Our Lady addressed herself through inner locutions (locutio cordis) to two twn years old girls, Jelena and Marijana Vasilj. Through their prayer group, she gave - from 1983 to 1987 - counsel to the prayer movement that was created fromt he very beginning of the apparitions.
Our Lady's messages given in the Medjugorje constitute a specific school of peace, of prayer and of love.
In conformity to Pope Urgan VIII' Decree and the directives of the Council Vatican II, the author declares not to have the intention to precede the judgment of the Church, to whoom he submits himself truly. Words like "apparitions, messages" and similar have here the value of human witness.
The sites of visit are: Medjugorje, Počitelj and Mostar.
First we take ride to Mostar(without stopping in Mostar, we stop on the way back), and on the way we shall go through Konjic, Jablanica, Neretva valleytogether with Jablaničko Lake, and if required, any of these places is potential place of stop for a coffee or some nice panorama photographing.
After passing Mostar we head it towards Medjugorje, which is our first and for this tour most important site.
There we visit:
1. Medjugorje parish (town)
2. Apparition Hill and see the statue of Virgin Mary,
3. Blue Cross,
4. Attend a mass St.James Church.
After finishing what we need to see and do at Medjugorje, we head towards Čapljina and from there to Počitelj.
Again after having coffee and great views above the Old Town of Počitelje we head it towards Mostar again. This time for thorough sightseeing of the Old Town, Old Bridge and Old Bazzar. Great time in Mostar we assure you.
Mostly with final views over the Old Town of Mostar, it would rather be already late so we head it back, nice and sound.
This tour is schedule to start from Sarajevo (other locations upon request), with early morning, at 8 AM, and ride to Medjugorje, and afterwards Pocitelj and Mostar.
Tour is scheduled to go every day.