On Saturday November 4, 2023, the Family of Saint Sharbel, USA, celebrated the sixth anniversary of the dedication of Saint Sharbel's Shrine at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes (Emmitsburg, MD).
At St. Mary's Glass Chapel, the celebration started with Eucharistic Adoration, after which Father Theodore Trinko (Institute of the Incarnate Word, IVE) celebrated the Holy Mass. The choir chanted in English, Syriac and Arabic the proper traditional Maronite hymns for parts of the liturgies. Among the attendees were two Maronite sisters visiting from St. Rafqa’s convent in Lebanon.
Fr. Ted mentioned in the homily that the vestments (with the image of Saint Sharbel) he was wearing, were offered by the Family of Saint Sharbel.
The celebration concluded with the blessing with and the veneration of the relic of Saint Sharbel.
After the celebration, the Family of Saint Sharbel offered to pilgrims sweets and complimentary prayer cards.
The Celebration Video
"Places of Saint Sharbel” is a video created to offer English-speakers a deeper insight into Saint Sharbel's life. It explores Sharbel's birthplace, upbringing, and journey through religious life, shedding light on Lebanon's geography and the places that influenced this Saint. The locations featured in this video include Bekaakafra (Sharbel's birth village), the Monastery of Saint Anthony of Kozhaya, the Valley of Qannoubine, the Cedars of the Lord, the Monastery of Our Lady of Mayfouk, the Monastery of Saints Cyprian and Justina in Kfifan, and, of course, Annaya, where Saint Maron Monastery and Saints Peter and Paul Hermitage are located.
This video was produced by the Family of Saint Sharbel USA and executed in Lebanon by Naanouh Productions.
The audio track, also produced by FSS, features hymns from Saint Sharbel Ramsho (evening prayer) and Ziyyah with music and lyrics from the Maronite liturgy and musical production by District Productions LLC Studios in Washington, DC, USA.
On Saturday, October 28th, 2023, 200 people gathered in the social hall at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in support of the Family of Saint Sharbel and its Christian mission!
Highlights of the evening included a video explaining icon writing, spirituality and techniques, talks from Raymond Nader, founder and President of the Family of Saint Sharbel and Deacon Michael Chirichella, recipient of a healing miracle, as well as traditional hymns and Middle Eastern food shared by all.
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During this year’s event, the Family of Saint Sharbel also hosted a silent auction of icons and played a video that captures the places where St. Sharbel spent his time on earth, including BekaaKafra (Sharbel’s birth village), the Monastery of Mayfouk, the Monastery of St. Maron in Annaya, the hermitage of saints Peter & Paul in Annaya, and more. The hymns in the background of the video are taken from the Maronite Ramsho (evening prayer) to Saint Sharbel in English, and both the music and the video were produced by the Family of Saint Sharbel.
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To those who attended or assisted, thank you sincerely for your generosity of heart and presence. To all reading, we are so happy that you are a part of this family of prayer, and we hope to share this event with you in the future!
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