On the occasion of the birthday of Saint Sharbel, the Family of Saint Sharbel celebrated a prayer gathering on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, at the Shrine of Saint Sharbel, the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.
At 12 PM, Fr. Theodore Trinko, IVE- Chaplain of the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated Holy Mass in St. Mary's Chapel.
After the Holy Mass, Father James Brent, O.P. led the Liturgy of the Hours prayers for St. Sharbel followed by the blessing with St. Sharbel’s Relic and holy oil.
Following the blessing, Fr. Brent led a procession with the relic of Saint Sharbel (placed in a cedar-shape reliquary) while the faithful followed singing Maronite hymns. At the shrine, they gathered for the final blessing with the relic.