Thursday, March 16, 2023

Rituals of Maronite Great Lent

 Father Claude Franklin, pastor of St. Joseph Maronite Church in Olean NY takes us on a tour of our inspiring and  prayerful rituals of Great Lent.  Take some time to view them for your own spiritual formation.  The workshops will deepen your celebration of these holy days.  Thank you, Father Claude!


Saturday, March 11, 2023

Video- Maronites History & Liturgy Grades 6-up

 This video is suitable for grades 6 to adult. It's in English and gives a brief survey of the history.  

Friday, January 27, 2023

Helpful Maronite Faith Resources (Bishop Gregory’s Pastoral Letters) (Maronite History, Theology & Spirituality) Evangelizio (Maronite Daily Readings & Saints) (The Office of Family & Sanctity of Life — Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn) (Cedars of Lebanon Fertility Care Center) (National Apostolate of Maronites) (Maronite Servants of Christ the Light, Sisters) (Maronite Seminary) (Eparchy of Saint Maron Website) (Family of Saint Sharbel)  (Maronite Divine Office, Morning, Evening & Night Prayer)

Divine Office Ordo 

Maronite Liturgical Calendar 2023

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Commemorations in the Maronite Liturgical Year

 Commemorations in the Maronite Liturgical Year 

There are three Sundays of commemorations which are celebrated at the end of the Season of the Glorious Epiphany beginning on January 29 for the year 2023: for Deceased Priests, for the Righteous and Just (All Saints), and for the Faithful Departed (All souls). 

These commemorations of the Departed are to be seen in the context of the Epiphany emphasis on the charismational mission of all Christians, and on the destiny of those faithful to their baptismal calling. Those who have died to this life are on the next stage of their journey to the Kingdom. If they have died faithful to the Gospel commandment to love, they will one day be called to the Eternal Light by Christ, the “True Hope who never fails’.” 

(The above excerpts are from “Captivated By Your Teachings: A Resource Book for Adult Maronite Catholics” by Rev. Anthony J. Salim)

In the Maronite Church, Sunday, February 5, is the Sunday of the Righteous and Just. This is actually the traditional Maronite feast in honor of all saints. Whereas the Latin Church celebrates the feast of All Saints on November 1st, the Maronite Church, following its ancient tradition dedicates this Sunday to their memory. 

On this day we call to mind all the men and women, children of the Church, who have followed the path of justice and righteousness. We remember the prophets, apostles and martyrs, the hermits, ascetics, men and women religious, as well as all Christians who have led holy lives. As our liturgy so often reminds us, they are Just in the sight of God because they have patterned their lives on Jesus Christ, the Just One. The saints are our models; their prayers and fasting have taught us to fight against sin and temptation and so gain the reward of righteousness. The saints are our intercessors; by their prayers we obtain the pardon of our sins and are strengthened in the Christian virtues. They were the salt of the earth and the light of the world, they call us to follow their path. Through their intercession may we one day merit eternal life with God. 

(From Prayer of the Faithful According to the Maronite Liturgical Year)