Monday, April 11, 2011

The Maronites

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Shalom! Want to visit the Maronites today for That's My World?
Mighty nice place for ABC Wednesday's M-Day too.
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Just ring the bell.
Well, OK, not THIS bell.
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Look for the doorbell near this sign in the Old City, not far from Jaffa Gate.
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Foyer Mar Maroun is a beautiful old (1895) guest house for pilgrims.
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Their nice website says it has 27 rooms and that "The house is managed by Maronite Nuns from the congregation of St. Therese of the Child Jesus [Therese of Lisieux], who are also responsible for other parochial activities concerning the Maronite Parish in Jerusalem."
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"The Maronite church is an Eastern Catholic Church on the seat of Antioch, in full communion with the Holy See of Rome.

Historically, the origins of the Maronite Church are to be found amongst those monastic and lay people who gathered around the saintly hermit Maron, an early 5th-century Syriac monk venerated as a saint. These Christians who accepted his way of life and worship were soon identified as 'those of St. Maron - the Maronites.' "
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This is the only Maronite church in Jerusalem.
The local community is small.
Most Maronites live in Lebanon (see the Cedar of Lebanon on the altar?).
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The liturgical language is Syriac (Christian Aramaic).
Hear some hymns in this ancient language at YouTube.
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The roof of the Maronite monastery and guest house has a panoramic view.
Here we are looking east over the Old City and the Temple Mount to the Mount of Olives.
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Would you like to book an overnight here? I would!
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21 comments:

Birdman said...

THAT'S a big doorbell. hahahaha

Rayna Eliana said...

Stunning photos, with wonderful architectural presence and details.

Jack and Joann said...

Another great series of photos with the history behind each one. You need to turn all of these into a travel book people can purchase.

Cloudia said...

Maron embodied the truths in your post below this. Amazing how we can embody and share our values. Sometimes we touch others in an uplifting way as you often do.

What a privilege, eh Dina?




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Kate said...

Those large bells make wonderful photos. I like the sound and tone of many of them that I have heard as call to prayers, funerals, and to the faithful.

Bergson said...

je croyais que les cloches allaient à Rome pour Pâques

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice pics. I have heard the term "Maronites" before but didn't have an idea of what they were about. Thanks for the research and information.

ρομπερτ said...

How very wonderful a world you live in. Thank you for sharing, allowing to take part.

Atmosphere close to Easter must be filled with energy. Please have a good Tuesday.

Sreisaat said...

Beautiful! This is one of the places that I want to visit some day :)




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Pietro said...

So beautiful the inside of the church, fantastic view too. Thanks for sharing this, Dina.

diane b said...

Such an old and interesting history there.

Kay said...

Wow! What a beautiful place. I've never heard of Maronites.

VP said...

AN interesting post and a very nice set of photos. When I think of Maronites I obviously think of Lebanon, but they had a church even in Livorno.
Moroon House doesn't sound too well though...

Arija said...

A most interesting post Dina. I followed the link and enjoyed the history lesson as well.

Robin said...

You do get to the most interesting places, and well off the beaten path too.

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Rob and Mandy said...

Know them quite well. If I remember well, I spent my first night ever in Israel in this guesthouse.

richies said...

Very interesting. I had not heard of the Maronites. Thanks for the history.

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Roger Owen Green said...

Another reason to go to the Holy Land. I'll probably just review your blog.
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Shrqz said...

Interesting place with amazing architecture. Thanks for sharing

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Patsy said...

I also followed the link--Thanks for the history.

katney said...

I love revisiting Jerusalem with you. It has been such a long time since I was there.