COVID-19 is spreading in Lebanon. As for Wednesday 11 March, the number of cases reached 61 and two deaths were reported. Each person is reacting differently to this new situation in the country that has been already living uncertainty, but all are afraid.
In a religious act of faith to protect Lebanon from the spread of Coronavirus, Lebanese priest Majdi Allawi took to the skies to bless that country and pray for its protection.
With his cross and monstrance, and the statue of Holy Mary, the Christian Maronite priest flew over Lebanon and prayed for the Lord to watch over the country and have mercy on the patients.
The purpose of this flight, as he said, was to “bless the country, protect the homeland, and heal those who have been infected by the virus.”
This flight, led by Captain Khalil El-Khoury and student pilot Joseph El-Masry, took about two hours as the priest blessed Beirut and other areas in Lebanon with the cross and the monstrance.
This act was a comfort to many spiritual people in Lebanon who deeply believe that God is watching over the country and its people.
Lebanon is a country of faith. For over two thousand years, its people have leaned constantly on God through prayers and fasting, whatever their religions and denominations.
It is thus equipped with such strong faith that the Lebanese nation has always faced the worst of hardships through its existence, from wars to persecution, to harsh foreign rulings and famine, and Lebanon has always come out strong.
Today, as fear and uncertainty have grabbed many by the core, their prayers lift to heavens with the faith of those who know that their homeland always prevails.