Statue in Vicka’s house glows in the dark
About 9 pm on September 23, a 30 years old statue of the Virgin Mary located in the childhood home of Medjugorje visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic began to glow in the dark. Hundreds of people gathered as the news spread. On Tuesday evening, the statue started glowing again.
Glowing in the dark when no light was turned on, an old statue of the Virgin Mary that has belonged to the family of visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic for 30 years quickly became the centre of attention in Medjugorje on Monday evening.
“Mamma mia, tonight around 21.20 the statue of the Madonna in the birthplace of Vicka began to emanate light by itself! Like phosphor! People came from all around to see! You can not take pictures, the flash does not show anything, only the naked eye can see it. Beautiful!” Medjugorje resident Laura Marcazzan Budimir reported at Facebook.
To see for themselves, hundreds of locals and pilgrims lined up in Vicka’s courtyard and in the street, to climb the stairs to the first floor of the house in small groups.
“Hundreds and hundreds of pilgrims have come, and some are waiting in line for two hours to see it” Medjugorje 25.06.1981 reported.
“The first to see it were Italians in prayer, then Mirela who works in the shop below, then Vicka’s brother Franjo. Then, at his invitation, Vicka’s (other) relatives came at 9.10 pm. I saw it at 10. The statue was phosphorescent, you could see the outline, touching it felt normal, cold” Laura Marcazzan Budimir tells the Italian website Guarda Con Me.
After attempts at taking photos of the statue with a flashlight turned on had been in vain, the glow disappearing and the statue looking normal, at midnight local resident Valentin Ivankovic succeeded in capturing the glow by taking the photo to the left without using flash.
“But I have seen much more. All bright!” Laura Marcazzan Budimir tells Medjugorje Today.
The Italian-born local resident further informs that Vicka has seen the glowing statue in her room.
“Vicka said she was happy to have seen the light, and to kneel and pray before the statue” Laura Marcazzan Budimir tells.
Spectators were impressed and almost speechless after seeing the statue:
“It is something I can not describe, really. When you see it, you know, I have no words. The heat around the heart, I do not know, it is something really indescribable. It must be experienced, really” an un-named attendee tells the Croatian news portal Dnevnik.
“At first I felt strange because it is really unusual, not to say paranormal. These things cannot be seen every day, and this could be taken as the crown of all the miracles that have taken place so far, such as healings. This is an unforgettable experience, really. Anyone should come and see if you can – of course, if it lasts” a young local tells Dnevnik.
“I consider this as further proof that people should go back and start to believe in God, and Medjugorje also” he says.
Laura Marcazzan Budimir is of the same opinion:
“This sign is for the parishioners, for sure! The parishioners of Bijakovici (where the house is located, ed.) especially. Because why there, in that house? And why now and not one month ago? At this time there are just a few pilgrims!” she tells Medjugorje Today.
“A week ago, a parishioner of Bijakovici said: “We have to pray together like 30 years ago”. Well, this sign is the answer. And it is an invitation especially for the parishioners of Bijakovici. Right in the heart of Bijakovici. These words were said to Vicka’s mother, prophesying that something would happen after the harvest, and the harvest ended a few days ago” Laura Marcazzan Budimir tells Guarda Con Me.
“Last night, 80 percent of the people who saw it were Croatians from near Medjugorje. All young people! This is important, young people and families have come now. Now everyone is waiting for tonight” she tells Medjugorje Today.
In the evening of September 24, many people gathered outside the house to see if the phenomenon would repeat, Medjugorje guide Michele Vasilj reported at Facebook.
At 7.10 pm on Tuesday, the statue was seen glowing again, the Facebook page Medjugorje tutti i giorni reported.
September 24 at 10.45 am: Photo without flashlight + comment from Vicka added
September 24 at 12.45 pm: Dnevnik quotes + comments from Budimir added
September 24 at 1.25 pm: Further info from Laura Marcazzan Budimir added
September 24 at 2.30 pm: Exact chronology and video from Dnevnik TV added
September 24 at 9.15 pm: Update from Michele Vasilj added
September 24 at 9.35 pm: Report of continued glowing from the statue added
Pilgrims inside Vicka’s room, and waiting outside in the street
Photography: Dnevnik TV
People waiting to see the glowing statue on September 23
Photography: Medjugorje Info
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