Early years

December 31st 1984: Apparition to five visionaries in St. James Church, Medjugorje.
The apparition begins at 1.08.

The five Medjugorje visionaries with daily apparitions by 1984-85. Left to right: Ivan, Marija, Ivanka, Jakov, and Vicka. The short clip is a good study of how synchronously the visionaries were behaving during the group apparitions of the early years: They kneel down at the same time, start praying with the Virgin Mary at the same time, and they say “Ode!” (Croatian for “She is gone”) and look upwards at the same time.

The clip also depicts the so-called Golden Years of Medjugorje when the Virgin Mary was converting and building up the parishioners, preparing them for an influx for pilgrims that grew year by year. Between 1984 and 1987 the Virgin’s main tools were the daily apparitions in the church and the weekly messages she gave to the parish (and only then: To everyone else). It was years of true growth in Medjugorje: First of all spiritually, but also in the material sense.

 

1983-84: Apparition to five visionaries (begins at 1.22), and
about 1987: Apparition to Jakov and Ivan
(begins at 6.12).

This clip from the documentary “Marian Apparitions of the 20th Century -A Message of Urgency” dates back to 1987. Filmed on at least two different occasions, the clip provides a panorama of Medjugorje during the Golden Years of the mid-1980s. The first apparition clip is most likely to date back to 1983, no later than 1984. The same is true of the mid-section interview with Vicka. The second apparition clip is very much likely to be from 1987, based on Jakov’s hairstyles during those years.

The clip also provides nostalgic captures of the rural Medjugorje before the pilgrims were coming by the millions: The village, the church, the fields, and the mountains – as they had all looked for decades or longer.

 

1983: Apparition to Vicka, Jakov, Marija and Ivan (begins at 15.00)
and to Vicka, Jakov, Ivanka, Marija and Ivan (begins at 19.02),
and to Vicka, Jakov, Ivanka, Marija and Ivan (begins at 28.31),
and to Vicka, Jakov, Ivanka, Marija and Ivan (begins at 33.57)

The 40 minutes documentary further shows Medjugorje in the early days of the apparitions, well-known Franciscan priests, and public devotion in St. James Church.

 

1983: Apparition to Vicka, Marija, Jakov and Ivanka in the rectory of St. James’ Church, Medjugorje.
The apparition begins at 0.01.

According to a sub-title at the beginning of the clip, this capture dates all the way back to the first year of the apparitions. It seems plausible, based on the look and size of Jakov Colo who was 10 years old by the time.

 

1982 or 1983: Apparition to five visionaries in the rectory of St. James’ Church, Medjugorje.
The apparition begins at 0.53.

 

October 14th 1983: Apparition to five visionaries in the rectory of St. James’ Church, Medjugorje.
The apparition begins at 0.14.

This Portuguese clip comes in rather lively colours, but also offers an example of the synchronicities displayed by the Medjugorje visionaries during their group apparitions. We also see Vicka (far left) engaging in a lively dialogue with the Virgin Mary almost from the moment the apparition begins. Vicka’s extrovert, openly joyful and talkative way of being in front of the Virgin attracted the attention of most spectators of the early apparitions.

 

1983: Apparition to five visionaries in the rectory of St. James’ Church, Medjugorje (begins at 0.17), and
June 24th 1984: Apparition to four visionaries in the rectory (begins at 3.21).

This clip from a 2010 documentary produced for the Italian tv station Rete Quattro shows an apparition from 1983 in pretty high quality, and also offers a glimpse of the apparition that took place on the third anniversary day of the first apparition (based on comparing the visionaries’ clothes with photos from the the event).

 

January-May 1985: Apparition to four visionaries in the rectory of St. James’ Church, Medjugorje.
The apparition begins at 1.00.

This Polish clip also comes in lively colours, but offers little more than 4.30 unbroken minutes of apparition coverage. It is dated only “1985″, and so – due to Ivanka’s presence with the group – it can be concluded that the apparition took place between January and May that year, Ivanka having her last daily apparition on May 7th 1985. The other three visionaries are Ivan, Marija, and Vicka.

 

1985 or 1986: Apparition to Ivan and Marija in the rectory of St. James’ Church, Medjugorje.
The apparition begins at 0.21.

No exact date or even year is known for Ivan and Marija’s apparition. Based on photos from the mid-1980s the clip is likely to be from 1985 or 86.

 

1986 or 1987: Apparition to Jakov and Marija in the rectory of St. James’ Church, Medjugorje.
The apparition begins at 0.17.

 

1985-1990: Clips from several apparitions.
A collection of clips from the middle to late 1980s, each clip is short. Also includes some footage from the first medical-scientific investigations of the visionaries that took place in 1984-85. This clip, too, is a part of the 2010 documentary “Viaggio a Medjugorje” that was produced for the Italian tv station Rete Quattro.

 

June 25th 1988: Apparition to Ivanka in her home in Medjugorje.
The apparition begins at 0.22.

Ivanka’s annual apparition on the seventh anniversary of the first apparitions. Ivanka’s joy at seeing the Virgin Mary again is very obvious in this clip which is also remarkable for Ivanka’s reaction to her baby daughter, Kristina. She comes back to her in the very moment the apparition is over (2.50) but because the apparition is such an immense experience, Ivanka spends the rest of the clip composing herself.

 

November 4th 1988: Apparition to Vicka.
The apparition begins at 0.28.