North Jackson, Ohio
The Faithful from near and far gathered once again at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon for the 53rd Assumption Pilgrimage on 13-15 August 2018. The weather was a bit warm and rain clouds were overhead, but all proceeded as planned, and hundreds came to honor the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven. Liturgies of the major rites of the Catholic Churches were celebrated and the voices of the faithful joined the singers to give praise to the Lord and to honor His Mother. As evening descended, hundreds of candles lit the way before the icon of Our Lady of Lebanon and processed onto the road as a sea of faithful made their way back to Mary’s Tower, which is still under restoration. The construction did not diminish the zeal of many and the solemn hymn of Ya Oum Allah was chanted and the blessing bestowed by Bishop Elias. To end the great celebration, the sky above Our Lady’s statue was filled with colorful fireworks, but as joyful people do, the festivities continued in the Cedars Hall with food and fellowship. The Maronite youth also gathered for some after- hour fellowship and prayer. Everyone is so delighted that the MYO has made the Pilgrimage part of their yearly activities. For over fifty years, Catholics of all traditions have come to honor Our Blessed Lady of Lebanon and we anticipate many more years of devotion to Her.
Show Comments (0)