Maronite Catholics Celebrate the Feast of their Patron Saint - St. Maron

Source: FSSPX News

On February 9, 2018, in honor of St. Maron, Patriarch Bechara Raï celebrated a Pontifical High Mass in the presence of government representatives, who came to assist at one of Maronite Catholics’ greatest feast days.

The celebration is traditionally presided over by the archbishop of Beirut, Lebanon, but this year Archbishop Boulos Matar invited Cardinal Raï to preside over the ceremony in his stead. And for good reason: The President of the Republic of Lebanon, the Prime Minister, and the President of the Assembly were planning to attend Mass personally on the 9th of February that is also the national holiday in the Land of the Cedars.

The Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gebran Bassil, also traveled to Cyprus on Sunday, February 11, 2018, to attend the Mass that the island’s Maronite community celebrates for the feast of St. Maron, a ceremony traditionally attended by the President of the Greek Republic of Cyprus.

St. Maron was a monk who lived at the end of the 4th and beginning of the 5th centuries. He led the life of a hermit, spent in fasting, penance, and prayer, near an ancient pagan temple that he transformed into a church. The miracles he worked made him famous in all of Syria.