The Maronite Trilogy: The Glory of Lebanon

 

 Fr. John Bluett, St. Stephen’s pastor, once answered a woman, who inquired about becoming Catholic, “Come to church.”

Fr. John Bluett, St. Stephen’s pastor, once answered a woman, who inquired about becoming Catholic, “Come to church.” In this spirit of invitation, Bishop Gregory Mansour from the Eastern Eparchy (Diocese) of St. Maron has designated St. Jude Maronite Church as a pilgrimage site during the Year of St. Maron. Rather than a monolithic institution, the Roman Catholic Church is actually a communion of many churches; and I have often wondered about their traditions and liturgies. In accord with Bishop Mansour’s invitation, we feature: “The Maronite Trilogy: The Glory of Lebanon.” A 2008 production of Upon This Rock Ministry, the 90 minute DVD uncovers the spiritual treasures of this Eastern Rite Catholic Church. In communion with Rome since the earliest Christian centuries, the Maronite Church witnesses to the mystical charism of its namesake, St. Maron (d. 443). During the sacred liturgy, the words of consecration are spoken in Aramaic, Jesus’ native language. In a series of three interviews with Fr. Nabil Mouannes, this DVD highlights the lives of Saints Maron, Charbel, Rafqa and Hardini as well as the cherished role of contemplative prayer in the Maronite tradition. The opening pilgrimage Mass will be celebrated at 4 pm on Sunday, August 29th at St. Jude Maronite Catholic Church in Orlando.  For more information click on https://www.orlandodiocese.org/media_center/media_center.php  or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).