The Church Holiday of Our Lady of Zečevo



Every year, at the beginning of May, a large number of pilgrims gather to commemorate the anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady. According to written evidence, and official recognition by the then, diocese of Nin, on 5th May 1516, on the Island of Zečevo, Our Lady appeared to the widowed shepherdess Jelena Grubišić. Thus Nin became an important Virgin Mary sanctuary in which many worshippers gather in May every year. The Church Holiday of Our Lady of Zečevo is celebrated on the first Monday before the holiday of Ascension. After the Holy Mass, a procession begins in the streets of Nin, which are festively decorated for this occasion. Worshippers carry the Statue of the miracle-making Our Lady of Zečevo and sing the hymn called ‘Dobra Majko sa Zečeva’, (The Good Mother of Zečevo), as well as other hymns dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The Miraculous Appearance of Our Lady of Zečevo is commemorated three times a year: on 5th May, on the actual holiday, and on the 5th August.
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Miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary in Nin

Did you know that in Nin's area the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary is celebrated for 500 years three times a year: on the day of the Apparition 5th May with the pilgrimage to Our Lady's Island by land and sea; on the actual holiday, the first Monday before the holiday of the Ascension; and on 5th August, Homeland Thanksgiving Day? There are around 20 preserved customs referring to the miraculous apparition.

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