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The Chapel of the Two Hearts

The Chapel of the Two Hearts © COB

Construction of Marija’s chapel began in 1998 without an indication of when it would be completed. No one was surprised, knowing how God’s timing is always perfect, when the finishing touches were being made just before the 20th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions, June 25th, 2001. God’s timing is always perfect. It was a gift that obviously touched Our Lady’s heart on this special anniversary.

Marija is one of the six visionaries. The founder of Caritas (A Friend of Medjugorje), realized a need for the privacy of Marija’s family, yet still give access to pilgrims for Our Lady’s apparitions to Marija. He discussed with her that she needed an outside chapel, as at the time she had a chapel inside her home.  In that way, she and her husband and children could maintain more family inside their Medjugorje home, while accommodating more people to be present for the apparitions, which he believed would please Our Lady. The founder encouraged Marija along, getting the community of Caritas to lay the foundation of the chapel. The chapel was built next to their home in Medjugorje. When in Medjugorje, this is where Marija receives her daily apparitions. They completed the chapel right before the twentieth anniversary, June 25, 2001.

Statue of Our Lady in the Chapel of the Two Hearts © COB

The beautiful, hand-carved statue in Marija’s Chapel of Two Hearts has a story behind it that few know. An Italian father and son set out to give Our Lady a gift from their hearts, using the gifts God gave them as a sculptor and a painter. From a block of wood, they hand-sculpted and hand-painted the statue of Our Lady holding baby Jesus, and with each chip of the wood, and each stroke of the paintbrush, they prayed a Hail Mary, from the start to the finish, out of love for Our Lady. The father and son then made a pilgrimage from Italy to Medjugorje with a group of family and friends, and processed the statue to Marija’s doorstep, where they presented it to her as a gift to Our Lady. Marija accepted the gift and ever since then, since the mid-1980’s, it has been the focal point of the apparitions in Marija’s home in Medjugorje. Can there be any doubt that no matter who is before that statue each evening for the apparitions with Our Lady and Marija, that Our Lady always remembers the gift given to Her with such love by that father and son?

August 26, 1996

”Whatever you are doing with the heart, it is all precious to Me.“

Paolo and Marija prayed a novena asking that Our Lady would name their new chapel. During this apparition, Marija told Our Lady, “We give this chapel to you. What name do you desire it to be given?” When asked, Our Lady smiled and lovingly held up Her first two fingers, signifying the number two, and then pointed to Her heart and traced a heart with Her finger. Marija was flooded with emotion, tears, and joy, and she understood in her heart that, without words, Our Lady named it The Chapel of the Two Hearts. As Marija was relaying this afterwards, she could barely speak. It was very obvious that Paolo and Marija were both very moved that Our Lady would name their chapel in this simple but profound way. Centuries from now, multitudes of people will line up to pray in this chapel, to consecrate their hearts to the Two Hearts. It is certainly a great grace for those who are fortunate enough to pray and consecrate their hearts in The Chapel of the Two Hearts in our present time.

With the founder’s relationship with Marija, we always have our pilgrimage groups consecrate themselves and their families in the Chapel of Two Hearts to the two hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Caritas Pilgrims in the Chapel of the Two Hearts © COB

The picture above is of two members of the Caritas Community who had recently become engaged. They desired to have their engagement blessed within the Chapel of Two Hearts and are seen here lighting a single candle from the two separate ones they are holding that represent their two lives joining together into one. Several other couples have renewed their wedding vows within this chapel. It is a special gift to make your consecration in the Chapel of the Two Hearts of Jesus and Mary.