By Sr. Natalie Sayde
On Thursday and Friday, April 14th- 15th, the relics of St. Sharbel, which have been making their way across Maronite parishes throughout the U.S., arrived at the Parish of St. Theresa’s in Brockton, MA. In collaboration with Pastor, Fr. Tony Mouannes, the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light led the faithful in the recitation of the rosary and Ramsho (Evening Prayer).
Mother Marla Marie also gave a presentation on the life and spirituality of St. Sharbel; helping the faithful to reflect on and apply some of the virtues that characterized St. Sharbel in their own lives, such as his simplicity and deep thirst for prayer.
On Saturday, April 16th, the relics were transferred to the Parish of Our Lady of the Cedars in Boston, MA, where Mother Marla Marie was invited by Pastor, Msgr. Georges El-Khali to speak on the life and spirituality of St. Sharbel.
A highlight during our visit to Boston was that both Mother Marla Marie and I had the opportunity of holding the relics for the faithful to venerate. It was a beautiful sight to see people of all nationalities and ages, making their way down the aisle to venerate the relics of this holy hermit who only loved and yearned for one thing in his life and the next – Christ Crucified.
St. Sharbel, pray for us!