After St Charbel’s burial on December 25th 1898, his tomb produced and radiated a bright dazzling light. After getting permission from the Catholic Church authorities, the Superior opened the tomb for the first time on April 15, 1899, four months after St Charbel’s death. St Charbel body was found to be intact and as of that day exuded a blood-like moisture for the next 67 years.
Between 1950 and 1975, St Charbel’s tomb was opened eight times and was examined by medical doctors in the presence of the Protector of the Faith and representatives of the Catholic Maronite Patriarch and of the Vatican, who found that his body still resembled a living one. Experts and doctors were unable to give any medical explanation for the incorruptibility and flexibility of the St Charbel’s body.
St Charbel’s tomb has been a site for thousands and millions of pilgrimages ever since the day he died. Also hundreds of thousands of miracles have been performed by St Charbel in Lebanon and throughout the whole world to people that are sick, disabled, mentally ill and dying from various religions including Christians, Muslims, Buddhist, Hindus, Jewish, Druze, Alawites, Atheists to just name a few.
Since St Charbel’s death till this current day, St Maroun’s Monastery in Annaya, Mount Lebanon has received hundreds of thousands of letters from 133 countries around the world. This figure does not include the hundreds of thousands of emails, phone calls, texts and facebook messages received by the monastery of miracles performed by St Charbel.
The letters have come from people that wish to share the great news of miracles, cures and wonders performed by St Charbel. The people have also asked for St Charbel’s intercession to protect their family, friends and country. The people have also requested blessed oil, water, incense and relics of the Saint to give to the sick, disabled and dying.
Here is a list of countries from were the letters have come from various people around the world: