First edition of Holy Rosary in Arabic
In September, 2007, the first edition of an Arabic translation of St. Josemaría's book Holy Rosary was published. The 2000 copy edition was produced in Lebanon by Le Laurier publishers.
The Maronite bishop of Byblos, the Most Reverend Bechara Raï, presented the book. In his address, Bishop Raï said that St. Josemaría, using simple and direct language, puts the readers in front of each of the scenes from the Rosary, converting them into a path that leads the ordinary faithful to holiness in the midst of their daily circumstances. Some 200 people attended the presentation.
The Maronite bishop of Beirut ordered 100 copies in order to give one to each priest in his diocese. The Vicar of the Maronite diocese of Sarba also reserved 50 copies for the same purpose. A number of priests have asked for large numbers of copies to distribute among the faithful. The Marian Shrine of Harissa (Our Lady of Lebanon), whose photograph is on the cover of the book, has placed it in a prominent place in its bookstore.
Holy Rosary now joins three other books by St. Josemaría published in Arabic: The Way, The Way of the Cross, and a selection of homilies from Christ Is Passing By. Other works by him are now being translated and will be published in the near future.
Romana, No. 45, July-December 2007, p. 309.