In Lebanon there is a Unique great love and harmony of living between Christians and Muslims, as one Lebanese. Mother Mary is honored greatly by both. We are neighbors and colleages. We eat and share all feasts together.

I realized it is very important to educate many in the western world about this holy fact that all the Muslims in the World Greatly Love, Honor and Believe in Mother Mary as their Holy Mother too, the mother of Muslims, and recognizing her as the Mother of Lord Jesus Christ, as they call him: “Sayidna Issa- Alaihe Salam”, and they believe in her being conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Mother Mary is the Only One strong Bond between Muslims and Christians, other than our belief in Same One God, Praise and Glory to him (God is Allah in Arabic Language).

Our Muslim brothers and sisters honor her greatly calling her: Our Lady “Maryam”, her name in the Arabic Language. She is mentioned in many verses in the Holy Quran and there is a whole section by her name: Souret Maryam. So many Muslims name their daughters Maryam (Mary’s Name in Arabic).

So in 2010, a new law was approved by the Prime Minister his Excellency Sheikh Saad Hariri, to declare March25th of every year a national holiday for both Christians and Muslims and all Lebanese to celebrate and honor Queen Mother Mary Annunciatieon Day. So they celebrated indeed on March 25th 2011 and 2012, in many churches and mosques and had special shared Musical events where songs and Hymns from both groups were performed.

 

There are many holy sites and churches for Mother Mary in Lebanon, the largest one is our Lady of Harissa, on top of Harissa mountain, next to a Cathedral.

Unique fact: Many thousands of Muslims from Lebanon and other visitors from other countries in the Middle East, regularly visit our Lady of Harissa. So when u visit Harissa cathedral you will see many Muslim families recognized with veils and without. They believe strongly in her Sainthood and in the Holiness of this place. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harissa,_Lebanonhttp://www.harissa.info/

 

THE ANNUNCIATION

     The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), his announcement that the Blessed Virgin had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord, and Mary’s willing acceptance of God’s holy plan. This feast dates back at least to the fifth century, and the date of the feast, which was determined by the date of Christmas, was changed to March 25th. by the Seventh century.

     All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us) (Isaiah 7:14).

     In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, Full of Grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

     But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.”

     Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”  Then the angel departed from her.  Gospel of Luke 1:26-38.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annunciation, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Mary

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