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On Saturday October 15, 2022, The Family of Saint Sharbel celebrated the fifth anniversary of the dedication of Saint Sharbel's Shrine at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes (Emmitsburg, MD).
Father Theodore Trinko (Institute of the Incarnate Word, IVE- http://ive.org/en/) celebrated the Divine Liturgy. Concelebrating with him was Rev. Youssef Keikati (Pastor of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Easton, PA) and Fr. Cesar (IVE), Chaplain at the Shrine.
Fr. Keikati came with 40 people from his parish.
The choir chanted in English and Arabic the proper traditional Maronite hymns for parts of the liturgies.
After the Divine Liturgy, the Fathers led a procession with the relic of St. Sharbel (placed in a cedar-shape reliquary) while the faithful followed singing the traditional Maronite hymns. At the Shrine, the celebration concluded with the blessing with and the veneration of the relic of St. Sharbel.
After the celebration, the Family of Saint Sharbel offered to pilgrims sweets and complimentary prayer cards.
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A group from the Family of Saint Sharbel, USA, attended a retreat (September 29 to October 2) with the Maronite Monks of Adoration at the Most Holy Trinity Monastery in Massachusetts.
The speakers in the retreat conferences included: Fr. Patrick (the Abbot), Fr. Robert and Fr. Maron.
Besides the retreat conferences, the group attended the liturgies celebrated by the monks: Morning Prayers (Safro), Divine Liturgy, Midday Prayers, Evening Prayers (Ramsho), Night Prayers (Sotooro), Confessions & time for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
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