“I’m going to pray”

His Beatitude Patriarch Gregorios III (Laham)
On Lebanese Independence Day

Thus sang Fairuz, our ambassador to heaven! In many of her songs Fairuz sings about Jerusalem, and faced with the complex conundrum of peace for Jerusalem, she finally declares, “I’m going to pray!” The solution is found in prayer.

Today we offer congratulations to “prayerful” Fairuz on the occasion of her eightieth birthday. Today on Independence Day, when Lebanon faces one crisis after another and the Arab world too faces the most severe crises of its history, let us recall Fairuz and learn from prayerful Fairuz to resort to prayer on Sunday, the Lord’s day, for security, peace and Lebanese independence, so that Lebanon may learn how to keep Lebanon’s Cedar bright!

I offer my congratulations for Independence Day and say to the Lebanese people, I’m going to pray for love, solidarity, harmony, sincerity, honesty, unity and union: this is the salvation of Lebanon! This is road map for Lebanon, “the message”! And all good wishes to you, my beloved Lebanese people, on this anniversary.

With my love and blessing

Gregorios III
Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
Of Alexandria and of Jerusalem