Our Lady of Lebanon
This chapel was built by communties from the Middle East and is a replica of The Lady of Lebabob monument there.
Australian Middle East Christian Association
The Chapel of the Lady of Lebanon has been built at Marian Valley by the Australian Middle Eastern Christian Association which consists of several Middle Eastern communities that have immigrated to this country of opportunity which we now call home, “Australia”.
This shrine is a replica of the Lady of Lebanon monument, situated over the picturesque city of Jounieh, which us visible for many miles ever as far away as the city of Beirut.
Sightings of the Virgin Mary in the Middle East
In the city of Cana in Galilee, to the south of modern Lebanon, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lord Jesus Christ turned water into wine. Christian tradition has it that the Holy Virgin journeyed to the cities of Tyre and Sidon, both located in modern Lebanon. When is Sidon, Mary waited for her Son in the grotto at Magdoushed. Blessed Mary spent the time waiting for her Son in prayer and meditation. This tradition is commemorated in the title “Our Lady of the Wait” – el Mantara.
In Syria, according to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared in a village called Sadnaya to Emperor Justinian. The Virgin Mary first appeared as a beautiful gazelle and later on as an icon. To the Emperor’s delight she asked him to construct a monastery in her honour. Due to the miraculous vision of Justinian and the miraculous icon of The Virgin, the Chapel of the Virgin at Sadnaya become and import place of pilgrimage in Byzantine times, second only to Jerusalem. Many accounts of miraculous healing have taken place, some of which are documented in writing by those who experienced them throughout history.
In Egypt on the 2nd April, 1969 the Virgin Mary appeared in Cairo on the dome of the Coptic Church witnessed by millions of Egyptians and the foreigners from all walks of life and many denominations. The fact that this apparitions where seen by millions including the President of the time, all of whom gave similar descriptions of the sighting, is in itself an incomparable and extraordinary event, making the Zeitoun apparitions of Our Lady unique and sublime (Seitoun is a transliterated Arabic word meaning olives, See Genesis 8:11).
As a token of our gratitude to the Australian people for their hospitality and acceptance of our community, we wish to donate this statue as a gift of honour. The community appreciates all of the donations that have been given both monetary and in kind to make this Chapel possible. This Chapel has been erected in this sacred space fo the faithful to visit for prayer, meditation, commemoration, and religious ceremonies.