The following comes from a January 4 Orange County Register article by Brooke E. Seipel:
The relics of St. Sharbel Makhlouf, a pious hermit who lived in the 19th century, will visit St. John Maron Maronite Catholic Church in Orange this weekend.
St. John Maron is the only Maronite church in Orange County, a part of the Catholic church practicing Eastern traditions. While the Orthodox part of the church draws from Latin or Roman traditions, many traditions in Maronite churches come from Lebanon, where the church patriarch resides.
The remains of Sharbel’s body will enter the church at 11:30 a.m. Saturday during a processional and will remain the subject of events throughout the day – including an overnight adoration that will last into Sunday.
The relics will leave the church at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Months after his death, people claimed to see a light coming from Sharbel’s tomb. When it was reopened to investigate, they found his body had not decayed at all.
Bakh said Sharbel’s tomb is covered with hundreds of letters and testimonies of his healing power.
For these reasons, Sharbel was made a saint in 1977 by Pope Paul VI.