Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon

National Shrine of Our Lady, 2759 N Lipkey Rd, North Jackson, Ohio, Združene države Amerike

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The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon is a Maronite Catholic Church under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Highlights of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon

  • A peaceful pastoral 80-acre setting
  • Martyrs Meditation trail
  • The Peace chapel
  • The Tower Chapel
  • The Shrine gift shop
  • The Shrine offers individual, one-day group and overnight group pilgrimages.
  • The Shrine has a recommended schedule to fit spiritual exercises into your days at the Shrine.

History of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon

In June of 1960, the Maronite priests of America met with the Archbishop in Washington It was there that the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon was first publicly proposed. However, it did not happen. On the way home, Father Peter Eid suggested the Maronites in the Youngstown and surrounding areas would buy a large piece of land and build a large shrine.

One day, driving along Lipkey Road, (probably on his way to Cedar lake), Father Peter noticed a sign, “Property for Sale 80 Acres” “That’s it”, he said. He was impressed by the long frontage, the evergreens of the State Forest, the Meander Reservoir (close to the property and the turnpike gate and nearby Holiday Inn.

The owner of this property told Father Eid that she “will never sell to a Catholic.” He tried to explain that a house of prayer would be much better than a junkyard or a supermarket, but to no avail. After three visits, Father Eid told her, “This is my last visit. But, I am going to call my friends and we will pray for nine days so that He will tell you to sell us the land to build a Sanctuary for His Mother, Mary.”

Father Peter then called upon his brother, Father Maroun Eid, Father Maroun Abi Nader and his brother Father Elias Abi Nader to pray a novena for this very intention. Surprisingly, before the nine days were over, the lady owning the land, called Father Eid and declared, “Priest, come and take the land. Your Lady is bothering me in my sleep!” In 1961, Father Eid paid $3,000 for a six-month option on the N. Lipkey Road property.

In 1961 Msgr. Peter Eid purchased eighty acres of land in his name in North Jackson for the intent of building a Shrine in honor of Our Lady of Lebanon. The entire Shrine project was initiated in 1963 when it was proposed to the St Maron Holy Name Society.

The Shrine offers individual, one-day group and overnight group pilgrimages. The Shrine has a recommended schedule to fit spiritual exercises into your days at the Shrine.

Highlights of the Shrine:

  • A peaceful pastoral 80-acre setting
  • Martyrs Meditation trail
  • The Peace chapel
  • The Tower Chapel
  • The Shrine gift shop
  • The Shrine offers individual, one-day group and overnight group pilgrimages.
  • The Shrine has a recommended schedule to fit spiritual exercises into your days at the Shrine.
  • Saturday 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am & 5pm
  • Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday 5:30 pm
  • Thursday No Liturgy
  • Friday (except First Friday) 5:30 pm
  • First Friday (only) 12 Noon
  • Benediction of the Cross (Lent) Friday 6 pm
  • EUCHARISTIC ADORATION & BENEDICTION: Every Sunday 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm
  • FIRST FRIDAY: Adoration of Blessed Sacrament 11:00 am

In June of 1960, the Maronite priests of America met with the Archbishop in Washington It was there that the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon was first publicly proposed. However, it did not happen. On the way home, Father Peter Eid suggested the Maronites in the Youngstown and surrounding areas would buy a large piece of land and build a large shrine. One day, driving along Lipkey Road, (probably on his way to Cedar lake), Father Peter noticed a sign, “Property for Sale 80 Acres” “That’s it”, he said. He was impressed by the long frontage, the evergreens of the State Forest, the Meander Reservoir (close to the property and the turnpike gate and nearby Holiday Inn.

The owner of this property told Father Eid that she “will never sell to a Catholic.” He tried to explain that a house of prayer would be much better than a junkyard or a supermarket, but to no avail. After three visits, Father Eid told her, “This is my last visit. But, I am going to call my friends and we will pray for nine days so that He will tell you to sell us the land to build a Sanctuary for His Mother, Mary.” Father Peter then called upon his brother, Father Maroun Eid, Father Maroun Abi Nader and his brother Father Elias Abi Nader to pray a novena for this very intention. Surprisingly, before the nine days were over, the lady owning the land, called Father Eid and declared, “Priest, come and take the land. Your Lady is bothering me in my sleep!” In 1961, Father Eid paid $3,000 for a six-month option on the N. Lipkey Road property.

In 1961 Msgr. Peter Eid purchased eighty acres of land in his name in North Jackson for the intent of building a Shrine in honor of Our Lady of Lebanon. The entire Shrine project was initiated in 1963 when it was proposed to the St Maron Holy Name Society.

With the cooperation of the Maronite parishes in Akron, Ohio and New Castle, PA the Youngstown. Ohio society became the leader for the program. The Shrine project received the approval of Pope John XXIII and Bishop Emmet M. Walsh, Bishop of Youngstown, and the association was incorporated as a non-profit organization of Ohio.

Msgr. Peter Eid had a will drawn up which stated that in case of his death before his dream of a National Shrine could be recognized, the land would revert to the Youngstown Diocese who could sell it as they would but that all the money from that sale would go to the Antiochean Patriarch in Lebanon. It is through the grace of God and His Mother that this precaution never had to be taken, as Msgr. Peter did live the see that his and his brother Maroun’s dream became a reality.

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