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Archive - Day of Prayer in Düsseldorf, September 2, 2017

Lebanon is consecrated
to Our Lady

In 1917, during the First World War, Our Lady promised in Fatima that she would preserve the world from a second more severe war, from the spreading of the atheistic ideology, and that she would bring peace. For this, she asked that Russia and the world would be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart.
Only the bishops of Portugal corresponded to this wish of Mary by consecrating their country to the Immaculate Heart in a solemn ceremony on May 13, 1931. In answer to this, Our Lady granted three graces to Portugal:

Portugal will be preserved from civil war.
Portugal will experience particular protection in the Second World War.
Portugal will preserve the true Catholic faith.

And these promises were true. In fact, Portugal was preserved from the Second World War.
That which Portugal did, we should all do! Lebanon did so on June 16, 2013. Lebanon is known for its love and devotion to Our Lady.

Lebanon is a sanctuary for the Mother of God, Lebanon is her kingdom

In 1954, the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Lebanon outdid all other countries in its devotion to Our Lady by sending a statue of the “Mother of Light” on a five month pilgrimage across the country. In that way, Mary visited more than 450 villages and cities in Lebanon!
The nationwide procession concluded with three days of prayer in which 300,000 faithful took part. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Roncalli. The “Mother of Light” was decorated with a crown which was donated by the Lebanese president. The president said:
“In my name, and in the name of the Lebanese people whom I represent, I present you with this crown, with which Mary will be crowned through your blessed hands. She is that mother who we love and venerate and to whom we entrust the protection of our land.”

The patriarchs laid their scepters at Mary’s feet and invoked her as the Queen of Lebanon. It was this Marian devotion which saved Lebanon!

“None of us doubts that “Our Lady of Lebanon” is the one who saved us every time with her motherly hand when we were in danger of falling or disappearing – especially during the last war from 1975 to 1991.”

In the time when radicalism and terrorism were spreading in the middle east, divine providence led things such that in 2013, for the first time in 60 years, the statue of the “Mother of Light” was again brought to 333 Lebanese village and cities over 40 days. She was welcomed everywhere with songs, applause, and cheering and venerated by being repeatedly showered with roses and rice, through prayers and tears, and with tributes and processions.

The pilgrimage of the statue of Our Lady reached a high point on Sunday, June 9, at the See of the Maronite Patriarch. Patriarch Bechara Rai warmly welcomed Our Lady and showed the people the importance of the consecration of Lebanon to Mary. In addition, he explained that the power which flows out to us from Our Lady is due to the Rosary. He called out to everyone:
“Take up the Rosary every day! Pray it, as it is stronger than weapons! Pray it, as it is more useful than money and much stronger than any other power!”

The dream that Lebanon would be consecrated to Mary was fulfilled on June 16, 2013. It was like a miracle! Among the participation of all the Catholic patriarchs and in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio, representatives of the Orthodox Church, the Christian Lebanese president, and the Muslim prime minister, Lebanon was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Holy Spirit was powerfully transmitted through Cardinal Rai’s homily:

“We proclaim our firm and unshakable belief that the salvation of Lebanon and the Middle East can only take place though our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary; through the Mother of Lebanon, the Queen of Peace and the Morning Star of the East. Therefore, with firm faith and with no doubt at all, we consider today, the 16th of June, 2013, to be a historically decisive day!”

On the occasion of the consecration, the entire country was blessed by helicopter with a statue of the Queen of the Rosary from Fatima and finally with the Blessed Sacrament.
We really and truly believe that Lebanon will receive the same graces as Portugal as a reward for the consecration to Mary.

Lebanon will be preserved from civil war.
Lebanon will experience particular protection from the danger of war.
Lebanon will preserve the true Catholic faith.

One year later, in 2014, the Patriarch renewed the consecration of Lebanon. In a small brochure which they released, the significance and importance of the consecration was explained.

The following year, 2015, the Queen of the Rosary from Fatima visited Lebanon.

The country was again filled with a Marian grace beginning on the feast of the Sacred Heart. Our Lady visited all four Patriarchal Sees: the see of the Armenian, the Syrian-Catholic, the Greek Catholic, and the Maronite Catholic patriarchates.
Thousands of faithful welcomed Mary there. In some places there were up to an estimated 35,000 faithful!

The consecration was renewed in Harissa, the national shrine to Our Lady of Lebanon. This victorious visit of Mary ended splendidly in the Cathedral of St. George in Beirut. Then Our Lady was triumphantly carried to the Martyrs’ Square, and entered into Parliament for the first time in the history of Lebanon. This was to express that the salvation of Lebanon would truly take place through HER, and ONLY THROUGH HER!

The example of Lebanon is a message that all nations should consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: all diocese, all parishes, all families, and every individual.
Lebanon placed its hand in the hand of Our Lady! She will never disappoint us! Mary will bring peace among her children. Mary will protect and save us!

As a coronation of all, Cardinal Bechara Rai made a pilgrimage to Fatima in 2017, for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Queen of the Rosary. There, on Sunday, June 25 of this year, together with bishops and thousands of Lebanese pilgrims, he consecrated Lebanon and the entire Middle East to Our Lady.

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