Novena to Saint Charbel - At the service of others
InactiveLet's put the summer period to good use to serve our fellow man, at the example of St. Charbel.
From Jul 24 to Aug 1, 2018 - Every day
With Saint Charbel, from July 24th to August 1st
From from July 24th to August 1st, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient invites you to discover the life of this great Lebanese Saint, celebrated on July 24th in the West. Following his example, may we found ourselves more attentive to our fellow man. We entrust to St. Charbel's protection all the people who dedicate themselves this summer to those in need, especially the volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient.
This summer, there are over 200 volunteers with SOS Chrétiens d’Orient in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt, where they provide both material and moral support to Christians. For a minimum period of one month, they live alongside those Christians who have nothing and share their sorrows and joys. Let us pray, through Saint Charbel, that more similar missions will take place successfully and that the Christians of Middle-East grow in hope.
The content of the novena
Every day, in addition to the prayer of the novena, you'll receive an excerpt from the book of Fr. Hanna Skandar, "St. Charbel seen by his contemporaries": the text will describe a period of the saint's life and illustrate one of his virtues.
You'll also find a daily intention of prayer.
The nine days of the novena
1st day : Saint Charbel, the worker
2nd day : Saint-Charbel, the service with joy
3rd day: Saint-Charbel and the love for his fellow man
4th day: Saint Charbel and his trust in God
5th day : Saint Charbel and the souls of Purgatory
6th day : Saint Charbel and visitor reception
7th day: Saint Charbel and sanctity
8th day: Saint Charbel and miracles
9th day: Saint Charbel and the love of the Eucharist - his last mass
SOS Chrétiens d'Orient in a few words
In the three years of its existence, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has established a long-term presence in the Middle East, carrying out emergency relief as well as actions to help persecuted populations settle back on their land. The association is regularly invited to United Nations coordination meetings and works in partnership with civilian authorities and several Eastern Churches. More than 1 000 volunteers served in the Middle-East.
Active in more than 60 towns and villages across Middle-Eastern countries (Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt), SOS Chrétiens d’Orient strives to respond to emergencies as quickly as possible. It allocates donors’ money with maximum efficiency to remedy to crisis situations.
Prayer of the novena
God infinitely Holy and glorified in your saints, who inspired the monk and hermit St. Charbel to live and die in a perfect likeness to Jesus, giving him the strength to detach from the world in order to live fully, in his hermitage, the monastic virtues of poverty, obedience and chastity, we beg you to grant us the grace to love you and serve you as he did. Lord Almighty, who has demonstrated the power of the intercession of St. Charbel by many miracles and favors, grant our volunteers the grace of living a beautiful mission and returning home firm in faith, filled with fiery charity. We beseech you by his intercession. Amen. 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory be, followed by the invocation "St. Charbel, pray for us."
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