Bekaakafra – Lebanon. Saint Charbel covenant is one of the major religious places visited by believers. They take a ride to the mountains of north Lebanon, to the highest village, where the Saint used to live. They come from all around the country. Some even wait for their summer vacation to head straight to such a place where they could get married or just participate in the yearly ceremonies. Believers express their strong faith differently. Some enter an old church where scripts were left in complete darkness. They light the flash of their mobiles to get a glance at the old language utilized for religious books and ceremonies. Others rely on prayers mediated by a priest in order to bless them. Another group goes straight to light up a candle in hope for a blessing. Yet another group place photos of those struck by illnesses or in need down the feet of a statue of the Saint asking for help. Direct prayer similar to a monologue with an outside statue of Saint Charbel is quite common. This is the primary contact before entering the church. Photos taken on August 19, 2012.
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