Today at noon, I went to mass at the St. Louis Church that is ten meters down from the Grand Serail. The church had been closed since the protestors moved in the first week of December. Today, the church received permission from security forces to open the road leading to the church. The Christmas Mass is one of the church’s grandest of events with a full house of 200-some people guaranteed every time. Today, there were less than 50 people present. So much for a merry day. Let’s hope next year’s Christmas will be more festive. Until then, Merry Christmas to my fellow Lebanese patriots. Please be safe.