On August 1, 2013, anxious to get the best seat in which to see Mirjana and be close to Our Lady during the August 2, 2013 apparition to Mirjana, the first two pilgrims arrived at the Blue Cross at 2:30 p.m. to spend the night in preparation for Our Lady.
These two American pilgrims were joined by another 15 American pilgrims by 6:00 p.m., and the slow trickle of “early bird” pilgrims continued for a few more hours. By morning there were thousands and thousands of pilgrims covering the mountain, many of whom were youth who were in Medjugorje to also participate in the Youth Festival.
Several flags from different countries waived high in the air as the youth showed their patriotic love for their nations. Mirjana arrived with a smile on her face but very quickly entered into the seriousness of preparing for Our Lady.
She shed a few tears while praying the rosary before her face lit up with joy at the arrival of Our Lady. The apparition lasted approximately 5 minutes, and the mountain was completely silent until the end of the apparition when many in the crowd, perhaps involuntarily, cried “Oh!” as they saw Mirjana’s face turn upward signaling the departure of Our Lady.