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Zakarpattia, Ukraine, 2002

On August 27, 2002, two girls from the village of Nyzhne Bolotne (in Western Ukraine) went to a grove to get some water from the spring there. Olenka Kuruts was ten years old, and her friend, Mar’yanka Kobal, was nine years old. Olenka looked up to see a “beautiful lady” standing at some distance behind Mar’yanka. When Mar’yanka first turned around to look, she did not see her. But after she filled her bucket with water and looked around again, she did also see the “beautiful lady,” standing quietly several paces away. Because the lady did not say anything, they became frightened, thinking she might be a witch. The lady was standing on a small cloud adorned with all kinds of flowers, just above the ground. Mary was wearing a white dress with a blue belt and a white headscarf. As the girls took their filled buckets and headed back to the village, the lady on the cloud glided along behind them, escorting them home.

Olenka’s parents disbelieved her story and reprimanded her for wasting time on such foolishness. But Mar’yanka’s father was a priest, so he cautioned the girls to be careful and always make the sign of the cross.

Zakarpattia Picture 1
Zakarpattia Picture 1

Later that same day, the girls headed to pick up Olenka’s younger sister from kindergarten when they saw the lady on the little cloud again. When they made the sign of the cross to protect themselves, the lady was quite pleased and smiled radiantly. Mary then made the sign of the cross in return with her folded fingers. When the girls asked who she was, they were told that she was “The Most Pure Virgin.” On their way home from the kindergarten, the lady appeared again – this time with “two angels” with her. One “angel” was taller than the other. They later learned that these were “guardian angels.” A third angel which appeared in later encounters was identified as St. Michael.

As the children became more accustomed to seeing the Blessed Virgin, they became bolder, asking her many questions. Mary said that she came to promote the authority of the priests among the people, to unite the church, to bring together the Ukrainian people who were separated, and promote more prayer. Mary wanted the children’s parents to go to the spring in the woods to pray, but Mar’yanka’s father, the priest, was reluctant because it did not seem proper. Mary asked – through the children – for the priest to inform the local church authorities of her appearances by telling “the old Bishop Marhitych” first.

Zakarpattia Picture 2
Zakarpattia Picture 2

The bishop was informed and immediately came to their village to question the young girls closely. He wanted to know if she could confirm her identity in some manner to them. The girls replied that when people started praying at the spring in the woods that a confirmation would happen. Therefore, on August 31, 2002, Bishop Marhitych held a religious service at the spring in the woods (known as Jublyk).

Word spread, and soon many pilgrims from all over the Ukraine were coming to this area in hopes of seeing a miracle. A chapel was eventually built there and sightings of Mary happened with others at this place. Some reported that Mary was weeping; others saw the Holy Family. The cross standing in front of this chapel lost its gilding and blood appeared instead. A sample was sent to a laboratory, and tests revealed that it truly was blood (as reported in a May 12, 2004 newspaper). Many people reported that they could look directly at the sun without blinking or injury while at Jublyk. Miracles were reported occurring at the spring of water. Some people smelled incense or roses — despite neither being visibly present. Another reliable report claimed that the sun appeared completely different – “with a circle of different colors” around it.

Zakarpattia Picture 3
Zakarpattia Picture 3

Several weeks after these events first began, Olenka saw a man strangely appear next to the priest during a church service. She whispered to Mar’yanka next to her who noted only the silhouette of a man initially – which then developed into a visual appearance of a tall man with shoulder-length hair and a small beard. Mar’yanka then whispered to her Mom what she was seeing – “the man wore a blue garment with a red shirt underneath … his feet could not be seen as they were hidden by a small cloud.” She described wounds on his hands and that he was very good looking. The girls both reported that he was conducting the service along with priest, making all the same gestures. Wondering if this had been Jesus, they asked the Virgin Mary at her next appearance, and she confirmed that it had been Jesus whom they had seen! They also saw, on another occasion, a man in a brown robe holding a long stick in one hand and a lily in the other. They wondered if this might have been St. Joseph.

There remained many skeptics and doubters who thought the girls must be hallucinating, making it all up, or psychic in ability. But the girls not only were healthy, normal, and active in typical events for their age, but they had no history of any disorders, lying, or fabricating tall tales.

One day, accompanied by eight other children, they went to the spring in the woods where Mary appeared to them again. They invited the other children to kiss the Virgin’s hand or feet. Even though the other children could not see her, when they were guided to where her feet would be and kissed the area, they sensed “a strange warmth” there. On the way home, they all observed a mysterious light following them to their village.

Zakarpattia Picture 4
Zakarpattia Picture 4

On another occasion, Olenka kissed the feet of Christ when he appeared before her – but then felt a sharp pain stab her in the hands, feet, heart, and head. She collapsed to the ground, and the other children had difficulty raising her. She stretched on the ground, spreading her arms out, assuming the position of someone being crucified. Again, she could not be lifted from the ground. A young boy ran back to the village for help, returning with Reverend Atanasy Chiypesh and a watchman. They eventually got her to her home after sprinkling water from the spring on her face. Unable to speak yet, she wrote on paper for her parents that she would not be able to attend school during Lent due to her inability to walk. Rev. Atanasy interviewed her carefully, learning that she had accepted an offer to suffer along with Jesus and not be able to walk until Easter. In a dream at night, the Virgin Mary took her on a cloud, riding to Paradise, Purgatory, and Hell. She was surprised to see bishops and priests in all three places. Mary explained that they were in Hell because they did not really believe in God. Some priests were in Purgatory because they did not listen to the righteous bishops as they should have. The stigmata pains lasted for some time for Olenka, but they are all gone now.

Our Lady of Ukraine, Hrushiv, Ukraine, 1914 and 1987

Our Lady of Ukraine

The first incident actually occurred two weeks before World War I, on May 12, 1914, in the village of Hrushiv.  Twenty-two people, who were mowing fields near the local church of the Holy Trinity, all witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary.  She said to them,

“There will be a war.  Russia will become a godless country.  Ukraine, as a nation, will suffer terribly for eighty years – and will have to live through the world wars, but it will be free afterwards.”

The church and site of many apparitions to thousands in Hrushiv
The church and site of many apparitions to thousands in Hrushiv

People gathered from the entire area to see the apparition – which lasted into the next day.

The people of Hrushiv had planted a weeping willow tree at the site many years ago, commemorating an appearance of the Blessed Mother some 350 years earlier.  Later, a spring suddenly appeared beneath the tree.  During the severe cholera epidemic of 1855, a local person dreamed that the Virgin had instructed the residents to clear and reclaim the ancient spring and hold Mass.  Not one cholera death was reported afterwards.

Then, on April 26, 1987, seventy-three years later after 1914 and exactly one year after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, a bright light covered this church of the Holy Trinity and the surrounding area.  A television program even recorded part of this light phenomenon.  From within this “impressive silver dazzle” over the church, the Virgin Mary appeared and floated above the cupola of the church.

Visionary Marina Kizyn in the Ukraine
Visionary Marina Kizyn in Ukraine

She first appeared to Marina Kizyn, age 12, who immediately called her mother and a few neighbors – who then came, and all saw her there, too.  Soon, hundreds and then thousands came from all over Russia to see the apparitions which continued every day until August 15, 1987.  It is estimated that a total of 500,000 people had seen her by the time these apparitions ended.  On most days the crowd might reach as many as 45,000 to 70,000 people at one time.  Neither the Soviet militia nor the KGB could begin to manage the crowds.  The Virgin Mary was even seen by the KGB agents!  Many priests (from underground Catholic churches) came and provided as many as ten Holy masses per day in front of the church.  Many messages were documented:

“I have come on purpose to thank the Ukrainian people because you have suffered most for the church of Christ in the last 70 years.  I have come to comfort you and to tell you that your suffering will soon come to an end.  Ukraine will become an independent state.”

Our Lady of the Ukraine
Our Lady of Ukraine

“Do not forget those who have died in the Chernobyl disaster.  Chernobyl is a reminder and a sign for the whole world.”

“Forgive your enemies.  Through you and the blood of martyrs will come the conversion of Russia.  Repent and love one another.  The times are coming which have been foretold as being those in the end times.  See the desolation which surrounds the world … the sin, the sloth, the genocide.  Pray for Russia.  Oppression and wars continue to occupy the minds and hearts of many people.  Russia, despite everything, continues to deny my Son.  Russia rejects real life and continues to live in darkness.  If there is not a return to Christianity in Russia, there will be a Third World War; the whole world will face ruin.”

“Teach the children to pray.  Teach them to live in truth and live yourselves in truth.  Say the Rosary.  It is the weapon against Satan.  He fears the Rosary.  Recite the Rosary at any gathering of people.”

Veneration of Our Lady of the Ukraine
Veneration of Our Lady of Ukraine

“I have come to comfort you and to tell you that your suffering will end soon.  I shall protect you for the glory and the future of God’s kingdom on earth, which will last for a thousand years.  The Kingdom of Heaven and Earth is close at hand.  It will come only through penance and the repentance of sins.”

“This wicked world is feasting on depravity and impurity.  Many lies are proclaimed against the Truth.  The innocent are condemned.  Many come as false messiahs and false prophets.  Be diligent.  Be on your guard.”

“Happy are they whose lives are blameless and who walk in fear of the Lord.”

Pope John Paul II honors Our Lady of the Ukraine
Pope John Paul II honors Our Lady of Ukraine

“My children, all of you are dear to me and please my heart.  I make no distinction of race or religion.  You here in Ukraine have received knowledge of the One, True, Apostolic Church.  You have been shown the door to Heaven.  You must follow this path, even though it may be painful.”

“The Eternal God is calling you.  This is why I have been sent to you.  You in Ukraine were the first nation to be entrusted to me.  (The ruler Yaroslav the Wise dedicated Ukraine to the Most Holy Mother of God in the year 1037.) Throughout your long persecution you have not lost faith, hope, or love.  I always pray for you, my dear children, wherever you are.”

Location of Hrushiv in the Ukraine.
Location of Hrushiv in the Ukraine.

Although Our Lady predicted that Ukraine would “suffer terribly for eighty years” before gaining independence, she was extremely close in her prediction!  Ukraine had its declaration of independence ratified in Kiev on August 24, 1991 – some 77 years after Blessed Mary’s prediction in 1914!


Queen of Ukraine, Seredne, Ukraine, 1954

“Queen of Ukraine”

On the vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 21, 1954, a young girl, Anna, saw the Virgin Mary in a small church as she prayed after Mass.  Mary was so beautiful that Anna cried with joy.  Mary wore a glorious dress “all of white like shining lights” and a blue sash.  On her head was a golden crown with twelve stars that twinkled with dazzling light.  Mary said to her,

“My daughter, you see that I hold so many graces for my children which I am unable to give them because they do not ask for them.  Our Father in Heaven respects the freedom of His beloved sons and daughters.  Only if you turn to me and ask, am I permitted to bless you with the graces my Son has given to me for each of you.”

She shared this incident and message with many interested people outside the church.  Then Anna saw Mary again, gazing at the valley below.  Just then, a shrieking wind whipped through the grotto where they were gathered, extinguishing the candles and covering the people there with dust.  Anna saw Mary extend her hands over the little group and consoled them with these words,

“I greatly desire to help poor sinners.  A catastrophe is imminent – just as in the time of Noah.  Many will die – not from flood but by fire, because certain of God’s children have so seriously disobeyed Him.  Their offense has consequences that will harm many innocent people.  Never in its history has humanity fallen so low.  This is the age of the kingdom of Satan.”

At that very moment a sudden darkness descended upon the hill, though the valley below was bathed in sunshine.  Anna saw the Virgin Mary weeping and saying,

“From this mountain I see the whole world and all its sinners.  How God loves you, dear little children.  How He longs to help you in your misery.  From this spring of water which flows here, I will give abundance to anyone who comes in a spirit of faith with a repentant heart.  Accept this gift and live as children of God, my dear little children.”

That evening, the villagers saw the mountain ablaze in an orange flame.  Some said they heard the voices of angels singing throughout the night.  From then on, pilgrims began to assemble on the hill to pray, to sing, and to drink or carry away the water from the brook.  The signs in the sky made believers out of most of the people.

The Virgin Mary as "Queen of the Ukraine"
The Virgin Mary as “Queen of Ukraine”

Anna saw the Virgin Mary on fifteen further occasions, teaching her to pray with her heart and other important things.  Many of these apparitions were accompanied by phenomena such as a spinning sun, shooting stars, powerful winds, and unusual cloud formations.

Shortly thereafter, on May 15, 1955, St. Michael the Archangel appeared to the young girl in the grotto.  Anna described him as “shining like the sun with a flaming sword which he brandished three times in a swooping gesture, leaving a trail of fire blazing through the heavens to eternity.”

As Anna gazed at the flaming heavens, the Blessed Mother appeared in the center of immense rays of brilliant light.  As the pulsating rays spun and danced, Anna saw Mary attired in her traditional robes and tiara as Queen of Ukraine.  She stood on a black serpent – rendering it powerless with the point of her shoe if it tried to move.  Mary spoke to her,

“None of you cooperate with me or are willing to make reparations for the sins and insults to my Son Jesus.  Many who come here to this grotto do so out of curiosity.  Their disbelief truly wounds my heart.  Rome will be ruined and the Holy Father killed, but Rome will rise again and be renewed through my presence here on this mountain of Seredne.  From this place, true faith will again spread throughout the world.  There will be one church and one Pontiff, and there will be peace on earth, and mankind will marvel at my merciful heart.”

The KGB and official atheist media scorned the beliefs of the people of Seredne, limiting its impact to mostly the local families and some relatives abroad.