Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi held a mass on St. Maroun day at St. Maroun Church in Gemmayyze in the presence of President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri did not attend the mass as he is traveling abroad.
Senior political, security and religious officials met at the church in Gemmayze amid heavy security measures.
Former President ex-Kataeb chief Amin Gemayel, Army Commander Joseph Aoun and current and former MPs and ministers also attended the mass.
In his sermon, Rahi urged the State officials to make sacrifices “that help create a capable and productive State, and a country loved by its people.”
He said the State should be able to confront the challenges it comes across mainly “the promotion of coexistence, and building a democratic state that protects the formula of coexistence and the harmony between citizenship for individuals and pluralism for the community.”
Saint Maroun was a 5th century monk who after his death was followed by a religious movement that became known as the Maronites. His holiness and miracles attracted many followers.
After his death in the year 410, his spirit and teachings lived on through his disciples. He is buried in Brad village, north of the Syrian city of Aleppo.
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