Church blessing in Grbavica

In Sarajevo's part of town, Grbavica, on Saturday, July 6th, Archbishop of Vrhbosna, cardinal Vinko Puljić blessed a new parish church of the Jesuit parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The Eucharistic celebration was led by Archbishop of Vrhbosna, cardinal Vinko Puljić in concelebration with 29 priests.

The celebration began with the symbolic giving of the keys of the church, that cardinal Puljić handed over to the parish priest.

At the beginning, the present were welcomed by father Krešimir Djaković, parish priest in Grbavica, and expressed his joy for the dedication of the parish church that the parishioners have been waiting for 40 years.

In a commemorative sermon cardinal Puljić talked about the painful process of building the church and how it represents the house of God and the house of all believers. He continued with the thought that with the blessing of this church, the benefactors without whom the church would not have been built, are also blessed. “Not only will this building be blessed, and all the benefactors, all the builders - but it is the symbol of 'we are here, we live, we want to survive, we want to be what we are' - not against someone but to be proud of what we are, to love our own, respect others”, he said.

After praying to the All Saints, Archbishop of Vrhbosna, first stored the powers of St. Ignatius of Loyola in the altar, followed by other parts of the ceremony of the church consecration.

At the end of the Mass celebration, Dr. Dalibor Renić, Provincial of the Croatian Province of the Society of Jesus, also spoke and he noted that time was changing and the future is uncertain – “Whatever it is, the one truth remains - the Church of God was built on a solid rock that is Christ. And whatever happened, he is a guarantee of a secure future”, he said.

The parish community in Grbavica was established 40 years ago in 1979. and had no real church but the chapel on the ground floor of the parish house.