St. Mark’s day on Plehan


Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist gathers thousands of believers every year in the parish and convent on Plehan in Posavina, but this year it was celebrated in an unprecedented way because of the "coronavirus" on Saturday April 25th - with six priests and only two believers.

Holy Mass was led by Plehan guardian OFM Anto Tomas, and local priests OFM Jozo Gogić and OFM Ivan Ćurić concelebrated, as well as neighbouring parishes priests OFM Franjo Dalibor Stjepanović a parish priest in Foča, rev. Josip Batinić, parish priest in Cer and Father Petar Franjo Sitnik Greek Catholic priest in Derventa.

In his homily, Guardian OFM Anto reminded that the purpose and content of Mark's Gospel, which is the shortest and oldest Gospel, is to bring the Joyful News of Jesus Christ to all people. Aware of the fear that people are going through in this pandemic of the coronavirus, he reminded that the Blessed Virgin Mary and the apostles lived in even more intense fear, after the execution and resurrection of Jesus, until the Pentecost and Peter’s sermon. Outlining the life and work of St. Mark, he emphasized that the ending of the Gospel of Mark: “Jesus appeared to the eleven, and said to them, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mk 16:15) invites to conversion and said: “Read in Mark’s gospel what John the Baptist shouted in the desert and let’s follow his voice. And let’s shout, call ourselves and others to convert. Read what St. Mark wrote in the Joyful News about John the Baptist. Like St. Mark we can follow our parents, grandparents, record their speeches and sermons about life in Bosanska Posavina, about a life woven with pain and joy, about a life of faith in the Risen Lord. Through their lives let’s love our homeland and turn around, change the direction of our movement to this country and return to Posavina, return to life and faith.”

At the end of the Holy Mass, the traditional St. Mark’s blessing of the fields followed for the villages of Kovačevci and Bunar, led by the Guardian OFM Anto.

For this great event, the monastery community was preparing with a triduum when Holy Mass was also led by guardian OFM Anto.

On Sunday, April 26th, OFM Anto also led Holy Mass  in the chapel of St. Elijah in Modran where he also blessed, with St. Mark’s blessing, the cemetery and the present believers.