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« on: April 24, 2011, 01:27:42 PM »

what type of Church is depicted in this video?  I only ask because, although havin iconography and statuary of a traditional Christian Church, there is painted a large man in black with a beard......and he's rather too "in the center".  I would think Christ should be there.

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2011, 01:43:12 PM »

I think thats a Marronite Catholic Church ....And there favorite saint Maroun......Hope i got his name right... Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2011, 02:27:48 PM »

St. Maron is an Orthodox Saint too. There is a Church dedicated to him in Moscow.

I think stashko is right and this is a Maronite (a branch of Eastern Catholicism) Church.
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2011, 09:44:10 PM »

St. Maron is an Orthodox Saint too. There is a Church dedicated to him in Moscow.

I think stashko is right and this is a Maronite (a branch of Eastern Catholicism) Church.

I'm not sure the Maronites even know who they are sometimes, as hinted at by the confused architecture/statuary/iconography in this temple.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2011, 09:53:25 PM »

I'm not sure the Maronites even know who they are sometimes, as hinted at by the confused architecture/statuary/iconography in this temple.

I agree. What I've seen from this community in terms of liturgy and devotion seems very unintentional, chaotic and confused.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2011, 09:56:12 PM »

Are you Sure Mihajilo...

I allways thought there Saint Maroun ,was against Eastern Orthodoxy, and found fault and fought against us..Plus  i never heard that he was one of our saints till you mentioned it here  Huh....... police
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2011, 09:58:32 PM »

St. Maron is an Orthodox Saint too. There is a Church dedicated to him in Moscow.

When is he celebrated in the Russian calendar?
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2011, 10:03:50 PM »

there is painted a large man in black with a beard......and he's rather too "in the center".

I also find the prominence of the image of John Maroun a little disturbing.
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2011, 10:10:46 PM »

St. Maron is an Orthodox Saint too. There is a Church dedicated to him in Moscow.

When is he celebrated in the Russian calendar?

I remember hearing him commemorated this year in February (14th I think? which would make it the 27 O.S.). I had worshiped with the local Maronite community for over a year before I found Orthodoxy. Wonderful people. They have been undergoing a lot of trials through the centuries struggling to find/maintain a liturgical identity. :/

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« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2011, 10:13:13 PM »

there is painted a large man in black with a beard......and he's rather too "in the center".

I also find the prominence of the image of John Maroun a little disturbing.
I must admit, I'm not too familiar with him other than the fact that the Maronites recognize him as a saint. He would randomly come up from time to time in homilies at my former church (Maronite), but no one ever went into great detail about him with me. I never thought to look into him. I vaguely remember that he filled in a vacancy for the Antiochian Patriarchate, but I think there was controversy around that. What can you tell us?

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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2011, 10:51:04 PM »

there is painted a large man in black with a beard......and he's rather too "in the center".

I also find the prominence of the image of John Maroun a little disturbing.
I must admit, I'm not too familiar with him other than the fact that the Maronites recognize him as a saint. He would randomly come up from time to time in homilies at my former church (Maronite), but no one ever went into great detail about him with me. I never thought to look into him. I vaguely remember that he filled in a vacancy for the Antiochian Patriarchate, but I think there was controversy around that. What can you tell us?

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I don't know much about him. My comment was simply disturbance of such a lower figure being the primary image in the Church (I probably would have said the same thing about most anyone other than Christ or His mother).
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« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2011, 11:09:52 PM »

there is painted a large man in black with a beard......and he's rather too "in the center".

I also find the prominence of the image of John Maroun a little disturbing.
I must admit, I'm not too familiar with him other than the fact that the Maronites recognize him as a saint. He would randomly come up from time to time in homilies at my former church (Maronite), but no one ever went into great detail about him with me. I never thought to look into him. I vaguely remember that he filled in a vacancy for the Antiochian Patriarchate, but I think there was controversy around that. What can you tell us?

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I don't know much about him. My comment was simply disturbance of such a lower figure being the primary image in the Church (I probably would have said the same thing about most anyone other than Christ or His mother).
Oh. I agree. It seems to be a reoccurring theme in some Maronite churches I have seen.

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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2011, 02:30:48 AM »

What I've seen from this community in terms of liturgy and devotion seems very unintentional, chaotic and confused.

I've noticed this too. Add jurisdictional matters to the list as well.
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2011, 08:08:16 AM »

There's a Maronite Church within driving distance of where I live. I've only been there a handful of times. But anyhow I recall, the first time I was there, being fascinated by the design and setup of the Church. I didn't think of it as confused or chaotic, but I can see how it might be described that way.

there is painted a large man in black with a beard......and he's rather too "in the center".  I would think Christ should be there.

I agree, that's strange. The Maronite church I've been to (or any other church I can recall) didn't have anything like that.
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2011, 08:19:00 AM »

St. Maron is an Orthodox Saint too. There is a Church dedicated to him in Moscow.

I think stashko is right and this is a Maronite (a branch of Eastern Catholicism) Church.

I'm not sure the Maronites even know who they are sometimes, as hinted at by the confused architecture/statuary/iconography in this temple.

The glory of Latinizations and Byzantizations. Maronites doesn't have an Orthodox counterpart and they've been in communion with pre-Vatican II Rome for so long they might have forgotten their own tradition due to Rome's past antagonistic stance to the Christian East.
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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2011, 08:21:59 AM »

Shlomlokh, you are right.

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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2011, 04:45:32 PM »

Maronites doesn't have an Orthodox counterpart

Weren't they originally part of the Church of Antioch?
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2011, 05:17:23 PM »

Didn't Rome's ,Franciscans or Jesuits burn all their Ancient writings and litugical books out of existence ,so now there cobbeling things togeather, latin and eastern and the results are this......... Grin


St. Maron is an Orthodox Saint too. There is a Church dedicated to him in Moscow.

I think stashko is right and this is a Maronite (a branch of Eastern Catholicism) Church.

I'm not sure the Maronites even know who they are sometimes, as hinted at by the confused architecture/statuary/iconography in this temple.

The glory of Latinizations and Byzantizations. Maronites doesn't have an Orthodox counterpart and they've been in communion with pre-Vatican II Rome for so long they might have forgotten their own tradition due to Rome's past antagonistic stance to the Christian East.
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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2011, 06:36:46 PM »

Didn't Rome's ,Franciscans or Jesuits burn all their Ancient writings and litugical books out of existence ,so now there cobbeling things togeather, latin and eastern and the results are this......... Grin


St. Maron is an Orthodox Saint too. There is a Church dedicated to him in Moscow.

I think stashko is right and this is a Maronite (a branch of Eastern Catholicism) Church.

I'm not sure the Maronites even know who they are sometimes, as hinted at by the confused architecture/statuary/iconography in this temple.

The glory of Latinizations and Byzantizations. Maronites doesn't have an Orthodox counterpart and they've been in communion with pre-Vatican II Rome for so long they might have forgotten their own tradition due to Rome's past antagonistic stance to the Christian East.

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« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2011, 06:54:04 PM »

Because it was Mentioned on this forum somewhere and some other places the crusaders played a big part in as well..... Grin

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Because it was Mentioned on this forum somewhere and some other places the crusaders played a big part in as well..... Grin



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« Reply #21 on: April 25, 2011, 07:09:47 PM »

The Syro-Malabars had their books burnt by the Portuguese.  The Maronites have their ancient manuscripts.  The Crusaders played no part in Latinizing the Maronites, that did not occur until the 1700s.  St Maron and St John Maron are seperate individuals.  St. John maron was the first Maronite Patriarch and under him Maronite warrriors routed the Byzantine army sent to attack them by Justinian II.
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« Reply #22 on: April 25, 2011, 07:34:01 PM »

 Humm How could I of confused the two groups ,Syro-Malabars and the Maronites ,,Where are the Syro-Malabars located at in this present time... police
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« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2011, 08:16:53 PM »

The Kerala region of India and elsewhere,
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« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2011, 08:25:08 PM »

The Kerala region of India and elsewhere,


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« Reply #25 on: April 26, 2011, 03:47:55 PM »

St Maron and St John Maron are seperate individuals.  St. John maron was the first Maronite Patriarch and under him Maronite warrriors routed the Byzantine army sent to attack them by Justinian II.

So who are they named after?
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« Reply #26 on: April 26, 2011, 05:18:17 PM »

They consider St Maron the father of their tradition even though they did not have their own patriarch until St. John Maron.  It must be remembered that they are Syrian Christians who upheld Chalcedon so were persecuted by the Syrian Orthodox but were also too independent (and not Greek) for the Greek Orthodox so they persecuted them as well.
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They consider St Maron the father of their tradition even though they did not have their own patriarch until St. John Maron.  It must be remembered that they are Syrian Christians who upheld Chalcedon so were persecuted by the Syrian Orthodox but were also too independent (and not Greek) for the Greek Orthodox so they persecuted them as well.

So what jurisdiction were they part of before John Maron?
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« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2011, 07:46:08 PM »

I also seem to remember something about their theology tending towards monothelitism. Am I confused?
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I also seem to remember something about their theology tending towards monothelitism. Am I confused?

There are claims to the effect that they were once monothelites.

I don't really know anything beyond that, so I can't answer your question completely.
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I also seem to remember something about their theology tending towards monothelitism. Am I confused?

St. John Maron wrote against monothelitism.  It seems a few of their writings after him were miathelite, so the Melkites and Antiochians alike love to throw the accusation of monothelitism.
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« Reply #31 on: April 27, 2011, 12:45:01 AM »

They consider St Maron the father of their tradition even though they did not have their own patriarch until St. John Maron.  It must be remembered that they are Syrian Christians who upheld Chalcedon so were persecuted by the Syrian Orthodox but were also too independent (and not Greek) for the Greek Orthodox so they persecuted them as well.

So what jurisdiction were they part of before John Maron?

It would seem before St. John Maron they held allegiance to Chalcedonian Patriarch of Antioch but were quite isolated from him which is why they ended up electing their own.
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I also seem to remember something about their theology tending towards monothelitism. Am I confused?
No, but they are. They deny their past, but their liturgical books, manuscripts etc. tell a different tale.  A Maronite life of St. Maximus starts "the life of the blaspheming Maximus who had his impious tongue cut out and his heretical hand cut off" or something along those lines.
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I also seem to remember something about their theology tending towards monothelitism. Am I confused?
No, but they are. They deny their past, but their liturgical books, manuscripts etc. tell a different tale.  A Maronite life of St. Maximus starts "the life of the blaspheming Maximus who had his impious tongue cut out and his heretical hand cut off" or something along those lines.

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Could you give me a link to this book? I noticed a lot of Orthodox/Eastern bias in the beginning of this thread which appears to be completely off base. Are you actually quoting the title of the book or are you paraphrasing?
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« Reply #34 on: April 27, 2011, 02:52:54 PM »

They consider St Maron the father of their tradition even though they did not have their own patriarch until St. John Maron.  It must be remembered that they are Syrian Christians who upheld Chalcedon so were persecuted by the Syrian Orthodox but were also too independent (and not Greek) for the Greek Orthodox so they persecuted them as well.

So what jurisdiction were they part of before John Maron?

It would seem before St. John Maron they held allegiance to Chalcedonian Patriarch of Antioch but were quite isolated from him which is why they ended up electing their own.

So how did they receive Sacraments before? Were they actually connected enough to receive Bishops or Priests?
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« Reply #35 on: April 27, 2011, 08:34:48 PM »

Grace and Peace,

Could you give me a link to this book? I noticed a lot of Orthodox/Eastern bias in the beginning of this thread which appears to be completely off base. [...]

I hope I've offset the negativity of my impressions with my openness to being corrected or better informed. Nevertheless, those have been my impressions to date.

I also seem to remember something about their theology tending towards monothelitism. Am I confused?
No, but they are. They deny their past, but their liturgical books, manuscripts etc. tell a different tale.  A Maronite life of St. Maximus starts "the life of the blaspheming Maximus who had his impious tongue cut out and his heretical hand cut off" or something along those lines.

Thank you, Ialmisry. I would love to hear more about whether the theology of the Maronites is truly monothelite.
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« Reply #36 on: April 27, 2011, 10:01:24 PM »

Thank you, Ialmisry. I would love to hear more about whether the theology of the Maronites is truly monothelite.

Well, there are actually two issues to consider: 1. whether they are now Monothelite and 2. whether they were once Monothelite.
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« Reply #37 on: April 27, 2011, 10:01:41 PM »

I would love to hear more about whether the theology of the Maronites is truly monothelite.

If the Maronites are Monothelite then the Oriental Orthodox are Monophysite.  (They aren't and neither are the Maronites Monothelites)

http://www.maronitehistory.org/Monothelitism
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« Reply #38 on: April 28, 2011, 04:35:00 AM »

One of my closest friends is Maronite, and I serve in Holy Qurbana once a month (we don't have a permanent parish, just a visiting priest).

So please, those of you making the comments about how Maronites don't have their own tradition or are chaotic, or whatever, please just restrain yourselves and realize that you're talking about real Christians who have a very deep and rich history and a beautiful liturgy.

But please, go ahead, make as many comments about the modern Roman liturgy as you like. I promise I am way more annoyed about its current dismal state than you.
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« Reply #39 on: April 28, 2011, 05:07:58 AM »

The Ewtn Mass/Liturgy doesn't seem bad ....I agee with the Poster Rob that it's better the  all latin one....
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« Reply #40 on: April 28, 2011, 05:18:16 AM »

I don't understand your stance, WetCatechumen. Since you have a friend there and serve at the Qurbana, others can't comment? Um...no. That's not how things work.

I have friends who are Maronites, too. I love them. It doesn't mean that their church isn't a mess. More importantly, they're the ones who've told me that their church is a mess. And they know their church better than outsiders do.

To say that their traditional spirituality and praxis has been lost is a bit of an understatement; they've lost the means by which they could even go about recovering it. The Maronite Church is a real tragedy.
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« Reply #41 on: April 28, 2011, 12:52:15 PM »

The Ewtn Mass/Liturgy doesn't seem bad ....I agee with the Poster Rob that it's better the  all latin one....
I pray we see a day when all Masses will be as reverent as the ones on EWTN. I am fortunate enough to belong to a parish that is pretty darn close.
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« Reply #42 on: April 28, 2011, 02:03:22 PM »

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Grace and Peace,

Could you give me a link to this book? I noticed a lot of Orthodox/Eastern bias in the beginning of this thread which appears to be completely off base. [...]

I hope I've offset the negativity of my impressions with my openness to being corrected or better informed. Nevertheless, those have been my impressions to date.

I also seem to remember something about their theology tending towards monothelitism. Am I confused?
No, but they are. They deny their past, but their liturgical books, manuscripts etc. tell a different tale.  A Maronite life of St. Maximus starts "the life of the blaspheming Maximus who had his impious tongue cut out and his heretical hand cut off" or something along those lines.

Thank you, Ialmisry. I would love to hear more about whether the theology of the Maronites is truly monothelite.
Not now it isn't, nor has it been since Florence, when the Maronites began to swallow anything the Vatican dishes out.  The manuscripts tell a different tale which wasn't passed on into print.
The Maronites in History By Matti Moosa
http://books.google.com/books?id=8Ogp94y8CJgC&pg=PA113&dq=maronites+in+history+one+will&cd=1#v=snippet&q=%22one%20will%22&f=false

the Muslim polemics treat the Marnonites as seperate from both the EO (which they include Rome, which was Orthodox at the time) and the OO, and the Nestorians.
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« Reply #43 on: April 28, 2011, 02:19:08 PM »

I also seem to remember something about their theology tending towards monothelitism. Am I confused?
No, but they are. They deny their past, but their liturgical books, manuscripts etc. tell a different tale.  A Maronite life of St. Maximus starts "the life of the blaspheming Maximus who had his impious tongue cut out and his heretical hand cut off" or something along those lines.

Grace and Peace,

Could you give me a link to this book? I noticed a lot of Orthodox/Eastern bias in the beginning of this thread which appears to be completely off base. Are you actually quoting the title of the book or are you paraphrasing?
No bias. Just the facts (on the thread, not the blasphemous track against St.Maximus the Confessor).  The English translation is "S. Brock, 'An Early Syriac Life of Maximus the Confessor', Analecta Bollandiana, 91 (1973), pp. 299-346

For related facts:
Syrian Christians under Islam: the first thousand years By David Richard Thomas
http://books.google.com/books?id=E51_-Js-bZwC&pg=PA48&dq=Life+Maximus+Maronite&hl=en#v=onepage&q=Life%20Maximus%20Maronite&f=false

The exact heading is "The narrative concerning the wicked Maximos of Palestine, who blasphemed against his creator and his tongue was cut out"
Jahrbuch der österreichischen Byzantinistik, Volume 53
http://books.google.com/books?id=NHxoAAAAMAAJ&q=Life+Maximus+Maronite+Brock+tongue&dq=Life+Maximus+Maronite+Brock+tongue&hl=en
Syriac perspectives on late antiquity
http://books.google.com/books?id=cB1jAAAAMAAJ&dq=Life+Maximus+Maronite+Brock+tongue&q=tongue
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« Reply #44 on: April 29, 2011, 04:20:53 PM »

I don't understand your stance, WetCatechumen. Since you have a friend there and serve at the Qurbana, others can't comment? Um...no. That's not how things work.

I have friends who are Maronites, too. I love them. It doesn't mean that their church isn't a mess. More importantly, they're the ones who've told me that their church is a mess. And they know their church better than outsiders do.

To say that their traditional spirituality and praxis has been lost is a bit of an understatement; they've lost the means by which they could even go about recovering it. The Maronite Church is a real tragedy.

No, it's the fact that in the first ten or so posts in this thread many of them come across as being rude and dismissive of the Maronites.
The Greek Liturgy is not the zOMG GREATEST LITURGY EVAR!11!!!. Yes, they stayed in communion with us. Yes, we unduly pressured them to Latinize things. No, it has not been good.

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