A Place of Holiness, Retreat, and Martyrdom in North Lebanon
Below are some pictures of the Monastery of Hamatoura in Kousba village, North Lebanon. The monastery is named after the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos.
In addition, at the monastery there are also relics of Saint Jacob of Hamatoura, who served as a priest in the monastery and was martyred on 13 October. Three other monks and a baby were also martyred at this holy site. The bodies of these saints were discovered on 3 July 2008. These two dates became official feasts for the monastery.
The monastery now has 15 monks and its Abbot, Yeronda Pandeleimon, is the spiritual father of thousands of Orthodox Christian people from and outside of Antioch.
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