Bkerké (Agenzia Fides) - The annual Synod of the Maronite Bishops began under the sign of silence and "metanoia", i.e. personal and community repentance and conversion. On Wednesday 21 October, the Maronite Bishops gathered at the Patriarchate of Bkerké, under the presidency of Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai,, to take part in the assembly which each year marks the culmination of the joint synodal planning of the Maronite Church in the next 12 months.
As is tradition, the first days of the assembly, until next Saturday, have the character of a spiritual retreat. As Patriarch Rai pointed out in his opening address, this is intended to help "read, under the gaze of Christ the Lord, Supreme Priest and the Good Shepherd, our lives and actions and the exercise of pastoral authority in the light of the example that Jesus Christ Himself gave us".
On the opening day, the Maronite Bishops prayed the Rosary together "for the salvation of Lebanon and the world". The prayer was broadcast live on Noursat TV television canne. With the act of repentance and reconciliation - underlined the Maronite Patriarch - all Bishops will be able to ask for the support of divine grace for their lives and their pastoral ministry and recognize that our personal sins are not only abusing God, but also the Church and the community . And when we repent of our sins, we are reconciled with God and with the community".
Starting next Monday, the Synod will deal with pastoral, ecclesiastical and administrative issues after the days of spiritual gathering and discuss the current social, economic and political crisis situations in Lebanon in this historical phase.
In this context, the Maronite Bishops also want to contribute by improving the charity and social welfare services that have already been introduced for the benefit of the entire population. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 22/10/2020)