St. Maron's Day

St. Maron's Day

February 9
St. Maron (also spelled St. Maroun ), the patron saint of Lebanon, was a monk who died in 410 c.e. After his death his disciples, the forefathers of the Maronite Christian sect, migrated from the Monastery of St. Maron in Syria to Mount Lebanon, where a large segment of Maronite Christians are settled today.
The Feast of St. Maron, as it is known in Lebanon, does not have the cultural significance for its citizens that it had in past eras, a change in great part due to the country's changing demographics along religious lines. Today Maronites only make up one-quarter of the Lebanese population (between one-half and one million). Many Lebanese Christians immigrated to North and South America, Europe, and Australia to escape the conditions of a long civil waged between 1975 and 1991.
In Lebanon and abroad, the most common ceremony of the feast day is the Maronite liturgy, which is a distinctive blend of Catholic doctrine, Arabic music, and singing in Syriac-Aramaic, a classical language that was spoken by Jesus.
CONTACTS:
Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn
109 Remsen St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-237-9913; fax: 718-243-0444
www.stmaron.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 24