Pope Francis has bestowed the title of minor basilica on the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, 2759 N. Lipkey Road.
Monsignor Anthony Spinosa, rector, received notification July 30 from the Most Rev. A. Elias Zaidan, bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles.
The Valley shrine is only the second Maronite basilica in the world. This honor carries liturgical obligations that emphasize the bond of communion between the shrine and the Roman cathedra of St. Peter. These are celebration of several holy days throughout the year, display of the pope’s insignia and canopy with the pope’s coat of arms.
The official elevation of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon to a minor basilica will take place during the shrine’s 50th anniversary on Oct. 11. Mass will be celebrated by several Maronite bishops and will feature a procession with the papal insignia and anointing the church walls with holy oil.
The shrine was dedicated Aug. 15, 1965, and features a 55-foot tower with a 16-foot statue of the Virgin Mary.