About the Maronite Church
The Maronite Church dates back to the early Christians of Antioch where “they were called Christians for the first time” (Acts 11:26). She still uses as Her liturgical language, Syriac, a dialect of the Aramaic that Jesus Himself spoke, and takes Her name from the priest-hermit, Saint Maron, who died in 410 A.D.
Within a few years after Saint Maron’s death, over 800 monks adopted his way of life and became known as the
Maronites. Later, the Muslim invasions (7th -10th century), coupled with conflicts from within the Byzantine Empire, caused the Maronites to flee the plains of Syria and their churches and monasteries to the natural protection of the mountains of Lebanon where they first lived in caves and grottos using the mountains as their stronghold, and then later built small churches and monasteries.
St. John Maron is the first patriarch of Antioch to reside in Lebanon, he was elected in 702. For centuries Maronites survived under difficult conditions and persecution.
Today Maronites have spread around the world where they seek to “flourish like the cedars of Lebanon.” (Ps. 92:12) while following the example of their predecessors in the faith such as St. Aquilina, St. Sharbel, St. Rafqa, St. Nimatullah, Blessed Estephan, Blessed Jaques Haddad...
The United States is home to two Maronite Eparchies with over eighty (80) parishes and missions, along with a Seminary, Monasteries, Convents and a Shrine to Our Lady of Lebanon ■