Hammana – Saint Charbel

Saint Charbel - Hammana مزار مار شربل - حمانا, Hammana, Lebanon

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مزار القديس شربل - حمانا

2018

Hammana

Baabda

Mount Lebanon

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بنيت الكنيسة سنة ١٧٠٤ على تلّة مشرفة في بلدة ذوق مصبح، على أنقاض كنيسة أقدم عهدًا. بناها وجهاء آلحقلاني الذين قَدِموا الى هذه البلاد من جرود جبيل. يوم انتُخِب المطران عبدالله قرعلي أسقفًا، جَعَل منها كرسيًّا لمدينة بيروت، وفيها أُقيمت للمرّة الأولى رتبة زيّاح الوردية الكبير. فيها العديد من اللوحات الزيتيّة، لكن الأهم هي اللّوحة الأساسيّة لسيّدة الورديّة، وتعود للقرن السادس عشر، فيها مريم العذراء بهيئة شرقية على ذراعها الطفل الإلهيّ، مُحاطة بالقدّيسيَن عبدالاحد وكاترين السيانية مجللة بأسرار الورديّة الخمسة عشر.

The Church of our Lady of the Rosary
Built in 1704 on a hill in the town of Zouk Mosbeh, over the ruins of an older church, by the notables of the Haqlany’s family.
When Abdalla Qaraaly became bishop of Beirut he made it his Cathedral, where he promulgated the rosary devotion.
The church is famous for its paintings, especially its main one: The Virgin Mary portrayed as an oriental lady with the child in her hands, handing the rosary to Sts Catherine and Dominic, with the rosary mysteries on her sides.

Enfeh – Deir Saydet el Natour

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The convent’s ancient origin is attached to a legend. A rich man of the region committed adultery; filled with remorse, he attached a padlocked iron chain to his ankle and threw the key into the sea-shore and survived on the fish brought to him by local fishermen, who called him the guardian of the cavern. One day, a fisherman brought him a fish, in whose entrails the hermit found the key of the padlock. He knew then that God had delivered him from his suffering, and he built a convent above the cavern. He dedicated it to The Mother of God, but it also took the name of the Guardian.

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During the twentieth century, the deserted monastery became a refuge for shepherds from the neighboring regions. In 1973, Sister Catherine al-Jamal moved to Dayr al-Natour and began to restore it from its ruin.

Fanar – Our Lady (Notre Dame)

Notre Dame, Fanar, Lebanon

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أسست الكنيسة الرعائية سنة 1731 في عهد البطريرك يعقوب عواد.
الكنيسة صغيرة الحجم مبنية من عقد بسيط ينتهي بحنية. 
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