Thursday, 12 May 2011

Monastic prayer in the mountains of Lebanon

Just come from the dusty streets of Tripoli, north Lebanon, where black Sunni flags fly from houses and banners proclaim 'There is only one God and Mohammed is his apostle'
. Now visiting Monastery of St Anthony, Qozhaya high up in the mountains & just met Fr Joseph Sleiman, a Maronite monk...until recently Principal of a school in Sydney Australia. All the villages & small towns here in the mountains around Qadisha Valley are Maronite - this is where they came here to flee centuries ago. History may never quite repeat itself, but the long shadows of history & persecution are never far away. Prayers from near the Cedars of Lebanon.

Neville, north Lebanon

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