O/L of LEBANON
Mary and Jesus Visit Lebanon
|The land of Lebanon is located on the Mediterranean Sea where the Lebanon Mountains tower over 10,000 feet from the sea, into snow covered peaks. Amidst the mountains are the Cedars of Lebanon which are mentioned in the Bible many times, as in Psalms 92:12 “The just man shall flourish like a palm tree, like a Cedar of Lebanon shall he grow.” It is here that Jesus and His mother Mary visited when He began His teachings.
Because of the visits of Jesus and Mary to the beautiful land of Lebanon, the Lebanese people hold the Blessed Virgin Mary in their hearts with devotion and love. The Blessed Mother became known as Our Lady of Lebanon.
Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church
The Basilica of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church is situated in the small town of Harissa. It is a short distance north of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The Maronite Patriarch named the Blessed Virgin, Queen of Lebanon when the basilica was completed.
St. Maron founded th Eastern Catholic Maronite Church of Lebanon in the fourth century. He led a monastic life and many believers followed him. St. Maron died in 410 and a monastery was built in the mountains of Lebanon in his memory. Even today, the Patriarch of the Maronite Church lives in Bkerke, close to Harissa, presiding over three million believers in many countries.
Praying to Our Lady of Lebanon
One of the many prayers the people of Lebanon recite to Our Lady of Lebanon is:
Our Lady of Lebanon, please pray for peace, peace in our hearts, peace in our family, peace in our land, and peace throughout the world.
|Lebanon is a country divided by strife, and violence. The people pray fervently to Our Lady of Lebanon for peace in their cherished land. They show their faith in her by wearing Our Lady of Lebanon jewelry proudly, without fear of persecution. The people believe that she will intercede with Jesus, asking Him to help the government bring peace to Lebanon.
Our Lady of Lebanon