The recent blast in Beirut will be one, though unfortunate, but not to be forgotten easily, with hundreds of people dead, and thousands injured, even as estimates put the total cost of damages at over $15 Billion.
This also came, in the midst of unprecedented financial crises and political chaos in Lebanon, as well as the COVID-19 Pandemic.
However, a Lebanese priest whose church survived the blast, has termed the experience ‘a miracle.’
Shocking moment when the explosion ripped through a church, sending worshippers fleeing for their lives, had been captured on a surveillance video, which has been seen by millions on social media, illustrating how so sudden, life came to a halt in Beirut.
“As usual we started the Mass and at the beginning of it we felt as if an earthquake was happening,” Father Marwan Mourwad, a priest at St. Maron Baouchriehh Church, told Associated Press.
“The earth was moving, shaking, so first we looked at the roof to see if it was going to collapse on us,” He added.
He also said there was a feeling of God’s presence even during the turmoil.
“We felt the grace of God was with us because when you look at the damage you can think that no one can come out from this alive, because there was big damages with lots of glass and iron pieces that exploded.”
“It’s truly a miracle. It’s a miracle,” he said.
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Interestingly, despite the incidence in Beirut, churchgoers returned for worship on Sunday, with some worshippers affirming that the incidence has rathered deepened their faith.
Marlene Rauphael, a parishioner said, “The faith gives us the courage to come back to the church.”Of course what we are going through is a catastrophe, we are praying for all the dead people, for all the injured, for all the children.
We hope to survive, but here in Lebanon, we already are survivors.