12,000 welcome Ivan in Lebanon
The Patriarch of the East attended a Medjugorje apparition for the first time when visionary Ivan Dragicevic opened his tour of Lebanon on November 15. The Virgin Mary asked attendees to pray for peace. Ivan’s three next apparitions in Lebanon can be followed live on web-tv.
Medjugorje visionary Ivan Dragicevic was far from left alone on Thursday when his four day visit to Lebanon began. In Bkerke, 12,000 people started to arrive at The Patriarchal Edifice several hours before the event began at 6 pm local time, some having even slept outside the night before.
“I am on my way to Bkerke to see Ivan. You cannot believe, there is no place to park from Jounieh to Bkerke, many cars, buses, people are so excited, and all are wearing the rosary” attendee Mary Jabre reported to Medjugorje Today.
“12,000 chairs where there, and everyone was seated, so there was 12,000 people, sure as I saw” Mary Jabre told us after the event.
“The Virgin Mary said that she will pray for Lebanon and for the Lebanese. She said she gave her blessing to the Patriarch, and she blessed everyone. She thanked everyone for praying with her, and she asked to pray for peace and said that she is always with us.”
“Ivan said that Mary was very much happy during the apparition. She asked for peace and thanked her children. As a Lebanese I believe that is a very good sign” Paulette Maroun reports from Lebanon.
“People’s faith is growing more and more in their hearts, people were happy, clapping hands praying chanting even though they were freezing. Everyone was so happy” Mary Jabre reports.
Lasting just about five minutes, Ivan’s apparition took place on an altar under a massive dome of stained glass. Five giant screens were in place.
Maronite Cardinal Beshara Boutros El-Rahi, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, presided over the subsequent Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. The presence of the very Marian Cardinal was viewed as an event to itself:
“It is the first time that the Patriach of the East is present for a Medjugorje apparition. It is new for the Middle East churches. It is very important for Christians here” Charbel Maroun, the president of the Marian Movement for Lay People in Galilee tells Medjugorje Today.
Charbel Maroun further informs that, immediately after the apparition and in front of both Ivan and the Patriarch Cardinal, Lebanon was solemnly consecrated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary by Father Boulos Fahed, a priest and brother in the Maronite Marian order.
“In his consecration, he used the prayer of the Pope John Paul II from May 13th 1984 when the Pope consecrated the whole world and the Church to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” Charbel Maroun further tells.
While praying specifically over all the attending priests, the Virgin Mary paid special attention to the Patriarch Cardinal:
“Ivan said that she came so close to the Patriarch and prayed over him in a special way” Paulette Maroun reports.
“Ivan said that he saw the Virgin Mary put her hand on Cardinal El-Rahi’s head and bless him” attendee Rima Meadaa tells Medjugorje Today.
“It was divine! Heaven on earth!” attendee Samar Karout Fakhourt reports from Bkerke.
Ivan’s next three arrangements in Lebanon on November 16-18 will be transmitted live by Tele Lumiere, beginning at 6 pm local time (4 pm GMT, 11 am EST).
Ivan’s apparition on November 15th 2012 in Bkerke, Lebanon
Photography: LBC (Christian channel in Lebanon)
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