No pilgrims at the opening of May devotions

According to the tradition, May devotions at the level of the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna, begin on May 1st with a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Olovo. This was the case again this year, but without believers in accordance with the decisions of the BK BiH due to the pandemic.

In this oldest sanctuary of Our Lady in the Balkans, the Eucharist without the people was led by the Archbishop of Vrhbosna, cardinal Vinko Puljić, and in concelebration with Msgr. Tomo Vukšić, Archbishop Coadjutor of Vrhbosna; OFM Jozo Marinčić, provincial of the Franciscan Province of Bosna Srebrena, together with the guardian of the sanctuary in Olovo, OFM Ilija Božić, and several other  priests...

As we are in extraordinary conditions, there was no confessions and blessing of the pilgrims or a procession with the miraculous image of Our Lady of Olovo but, since it is the first Friday of the month, cardinal Pulijić led the prayer of the Sorrow rosary at the Church.

At the beginning, the archbishop pointed out that “the believers could not come to Our Lady in Olovo, but he hoped that Our Lady would go into their hearts in their homes”.

Before the Holy Mass, the sanctuary manager thanked everyone who followed the Holy Mass on the Internet. “I am pleased that at least this way we will bring the beginning of May pieties in the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna”, said OFM Ilija, and then thanked the Cardinal and the Provincial and other priests for their arrival.

Then the Provincial addressed the present, pointing out that BVM worshipers wanted to be in Olovo, but for known reasons this was not possible. “I greet you all through the electronic media and I wish that God, through the intercession of the BVM, fulfill your vows and prayers”, the Provincial said, recalling that the sanctuary went through some difficult times, especially in 1704. after the arson.

“Through the 200 years since the arson and the restoration of the church, the pilgrims have not forgotten the pilgrimage. This flame of faith and worship of BVM in Olovo was passed on to us as well”, said the Provincial, thanking that “even in the time of pandemic we do not break tradition”.

At the beginning, the cardinal emphasized that pilgrims used to come to the Holy Mass in Olovo in the past and pointed out that “today we come to you through the media”.

At the end of the Holy Mass, which was animated by the theologians choir Fra Nenad Dujić from the Franciscan Theology in Sarajevo, under the direction of OFM Emanuel Josić, OFM Ilija said thanks to the Friars, the technicians, who made the direct transmission of the Holy Mass possible.