One angry soldier took the Crucifix and threw it on the floor. He said, “you can now choose either life or death.” Each of the Franciscans knelt down, embraced the Crucifix and said, “You are my God and my All.” The thirty Franciscans were taken out and slaughtered and their bodies burned in a nearby cave where their remains lay for many years.
Today they are buried inside the Franciscan church.
In our Gospel today Jesus said, “if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven.” The thirty Franciscan martyrs of Široki Brijeg are a powerful example of declaring oneself in the presence of others for Jesus. They lived something else Jesus also said in the Gospel, ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell.’
11.15 After English speaking Mass meet at the Agency next to St. James church
12.00 Arrive Tihaljina convent and visit the church of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary. Meet the friendly nuns at the convent and be filled with Love and Peace looking over to the graces Statue of Mary
If the group travels with a priest we can organize private Holy Mass in the church
13.30 Continue to Siroki Brijeg
En route we stop at Natural Park Pec Mlini for lunch
15.15 On your arrival visit the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Siroki Brijeg. located in the middle of the Monastery that was built in the late Roman style.
The Thirty Franciscan Martyrs of Široki Brijeg where visited by thousands of pilgrims visit the Franciscan Monastery in Široki Brijeg. The Monastery also hosts gallery with over 1.500 art works.
Back in Medjugorje around 17.00 to join the daily evening prayer program at St. james church.
This is private tour so you can choose :
DEPARTURE TIME AND PICK UP LOCATION