Milan (Agenzia Fides) - Lebanese Saint Charbel, together with the Lombard San Riccardo Pampuri, will be co-patron of the new hospital set up in record time in the building of a large trade fair and exhibition center in the Italian city of Milan to host patients affected by the coronavirus epidemic. On Monday, March 30, during the blessing rite of the new health facility, the Archbishop of Milan, Mario Delpini, entrusted "this place of care and hope to the intercession of the saint doctor Friar Riccardo Pampuri and the holy Lebanese thaumaturge Friar Charbel Makhluf". Archbishop Delpini also addressed "Mary, mother of the sick, our prayer to obtain the divine blessing on this hospital, on those who designed and set it up, on the sick who will be welcomed there and on those who will do their utmost to serve".
Riccardo Pampuri (1897-1930) the young doctor from Trivolzio who entered the Fatebenefratelli family, is a dear and familiar saint for many Lombard Catholics. And Lebanese priest Assaad Saad, at the head of the church of Santa Maria della Sanità in via Durini, entrusted to the Maronite community, reports to Agenzia Fides that "even before the pandemic many sick people came to Milan from southern Italy for cancer treatment. They asked to venerate the saint's relics before entering the hospital".
The mortal remains of San Charbel, a monk of the Lebanese Maronite Order, are venerated in Lebanon in the monastery of San Marone in Annaya, kept in a cedar urn. Countless healings, bodily and spiritually, of Christian and Muslim people are connected to the intercession of Saint Charbel, in Lebanon and throughout the world. The prodigious phenomena began to occur post mortem among those who prayed around the monk's tomb, which at that time oozed blood mixed with water. "The pandemic crisis is global", remarked Father Assaad - and perhaps the facto f having both Lebanese Charbel and Lombard Pampuri as patrons of the new hospital for coronavirus patients suggests that there is a universal horizon also in the intercession of saints, much need now". (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 2/4/2020)
Lebanese San Charbel "co-patron" of a large trade fair and exhibition center in the Italian city of Milan for Covid-19 patients
Please find below some online resources (Holy Mass, readings …) to use amidst the various restrictions around the coronavirus:
Word on Fire: Daily Mass from Bishop Barron's chapel. The video will be posted below at 8:15 am ET each day (weekday Mass: 30 minutes)
EWTN: EWTN offers the daily readings to enable viewers to accompany the Mass of the day as it is televised (45/60 minutes- live daily at 8 am Eastern; repeated at 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
National Shrine of The Divine Mercy: Daily Mass (weekday Mass: 45 minutes)
Lebanese Maronite Order (In Arabic): Daily Evening Prayers and Morning prayers followed by the Maronite Divine Liturgy (Found under "videos")
Saint Maron Minneapolis: Daily Maronite Divine Liturgy (In English)
St Anthony of Padua Maronite Church: Daily Maronite Divine Liturgy (In English)
Archdiocese of Washington: For information on dispensation from Mass and How to make a Spiritual Communion
Magnificat: “Magnificat” Free On-Line Publication Available:
The well-known missal and publication, “Magnificat”, is providing complimentary access to their on-line version free of charge (Daily Mass text & spiritual readings).
Magnificat is a monthly publication designed for daily use, to encourage both liturgical and personal prayer. It can be used to follow daily Mass and can also be read at home or wherever you find yourself for personal or family prayer.
During these difficult times, Magnificat (and others) continue to look for ways to remain close to Jesus, his Blessed Mother, and his Church.
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Watch the full video below: Saint Sharbel's healing of an eighty-year-old woman suffering from a brain hemorrhage in Omaha, Nebraska.
"I did not know anything about St. Sharbel," says the American woman. When her daughter bought a cup of coffee before her mother's visit to the hospital, the barista told her to ask for St. Sharbel's intercession to heal her mother from the deadly disease. Her daughter took her picture and placed it on St. Sharbel's relics, which were touring the United States and prayed.
On September 11, 2015, the doctor operating on her saw a bright light coming out of the image of St. Sharbel she had placed on her bed.
"St. Sharbel was with me while I was very sick. I know he was with me in the hospital. The light came out of his image, which was opposite my bed, and I realized that he was interceding for Jesus Christ for me. " Darlene says.
Click on the link below to watch the First Mass for
the Family of St. Charbel in Sydney, Australia:
View photos from the mass in the gallery below: