Maronite Church

Home Up Chaldean Church Malabar Church Malankar Church Maronite Church Syrian Church The Christian roots of the Maronites reach into Apostolic time and come form an area between Antioch and Edessa that resisted, for the most part, the influence of Hellenization, thereby retaining the ancient Semitic thought forms in culture, politics, language, and liturgical expression. However, the Maronite Church did retain the Antiochean structure of the liturgy.

The name "Maronite" comes from a priest-hermit by the name of Maron (d. 410 AD) in the region of Apamea along the Orontes River, which is in present day Syria. When he died, his disciples built a church, then a monastery. This "Monastery of St. Maron" grew large and influential, and branched out. This group of monasteries stood as staunch defenders of the Council of Chalcedon. Those who came under their direction came to referred to as Maronites.

Maronite evangelization and influence spread east toward the Euphrates, north to Antioch, west to Cyprus, and South to Lebanon. It was this last evangelical front which became a refuge for Maronites during terrible persecutions, especially from the seventh century on. In the late seventh century the See (seat) of Antioch became vacant due to political turmoil and persecutions. A Maronite bishop, St. John Maron, was elected as Patriarch by bishops affiliated with the monastery of St. Maron. He moved the patriarchal see to Lebanon. Henceforth, the Maronites would shape the culture and history of Lebanon and its surrounding areas.

Outside Lebanon today there are fifteen dioceses, including one in New York and another in Los Angeles. Maronite Churches in Southern California include:

bulletOur Lady of Mount Lebanon-
St. Peter Cathedral

333 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048-3313
Phone: (310) 275-6634
Fax: (323) 272-6907
bulletSaint John Maron Church
Fr. Antoine Bakh, Pastor
Rev. Dcn. Al Harb
300 S Flower St.
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: (714) 940-0009
FAX: (714) 594-4036
bulletSt. Ephrem Maronite Mission
Fr. Nabil Mouannes, Pastor
3078 Broadway, #203
San Diego, CA 92102
Phone: (619) 231-1385
FAX: (619) 231-1385
bulletSt. Jude the Apostle
32032 Lindero Canyon Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone: (818) 889-1279
FAX: (818) 889-3405

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