Lebanon, Middle East consecrated to Immaculate Heart of Mary
Catholic World News - June 19, 2013
The patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church has consecrated Lebanon and the entire Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, a Catholic, and Prime Minister Tammam Salam, a Muslim, were present at the consecration.
During the consecration, Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï prayed:
Our Lady of Lebanon, we ask you to bestow your tenderness upon our beloved country Lebanon and all the Middle East, this region which soil witnessed the fulfillment of the events of His plan of redemption and from where the Church, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, took off to bring the Good News to the entire populations, bearing witness to the Lord Jesus until martyrdom and acting as the guarantor of the treasure of faith, in order to transmit it from generation to generation, until it reached us.
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Posted by: frjpharrington3912 -
Jun. 20, 2013 12:05 AM ET USA
That Lebanon is the only country where the solemnity of the Annunciation on March 25 is a national holiday celebrated together by both Christians and Moslems shows that the late Bishop Fulton Sheen was right about the Blessed Virgin Mary being the portal for Moslems to accept Jesus Christ. The Koran esteems the Blessed Virgin Mary and she is venerated by the Moslem people who believe in her Immaculate Conception and the Virgin birth. Mary, said Bishop Sheen, is the advent of Christ.