Monday, February 17, 2014

Feb 1

Please update our church records if you have moved or have a new phone number or email address! Call the rectory at 314-621-0056 or send an email to 

Please send in your RSVP for Deacon Wissam’s ordination on February 27, 2014  if you haven’t done so already. Deadline is February 17th!



New Daily Liturgy Time

As of Ash Monday, March 3rd, our daily Liturgy at St. Raymond’s will be celebrated at 8 am instead of 9 am Monday—Friday.

Hope this new timing will help some of you to start your day with a Liturgy on your way to work or before getting involved in your busy day!



All that is known about Maron, the spiritual father and protector of the Maronites comes from Theodoret, the bishop of Cyr. In approximately 444, Theodoret undertook the project of writing a religious history about his region. Theodoret never knew Maron personally, but only through the disciples of this holy man. He described Maron as “the one who has planted  for God the garden which flourishes now in the region of Cyr.” Little is known of the birth or youth of Maron because Theodoret was unconcerned about that aspect of his life. He felt that Maron was a man born not for this world, but for heaven. In his description of the beginning of Maron’s life, Theodoret asserts that Maron had “already increased the number of saints in heaven.”

According to history, Maron was never satisfied with the ordinary practices of asceticism, but was “always seeking for new ways to accumulate all the treasures of wisdom.”

Maron was the spiritual leader not only of the hermits who lived near him, but indeed of all  of the Christian faithful in the area. He used to counsel them, heal their bodily and spiritual ills. All of these apostolic endeavors manifested the wisdom and holiness of the hermit Maron.

Some hold the opinion that Maron and John Chrysostom studied together at Antioch before 398 and that the famous letter sent by John Chrysostom was indeed sent to this hermit Maron and not to some other an anchorite with the same name. If the monk referred to in this letter if from the region of Cyr, it is indeed our spiritual father, Maron.

The date of Maron’s death is placed somewhere between 407 and 423. Because of his great popularity among the people, riots broke out at the time of his death because everyone wanted to save his remains in their village.

The Maronite Church formerly celebrated the feast of this great saint on January 5th. (This is the day in which the Church of Kfarhai was consecrated in his honor.) However, in the seventeenth century, the feast was transferred to February 9th. Lebanon has proclaimed Maron as its patron saint and Pope Benedict XIV granted a plenary indulgence to everyone who visited a Maronite church on February 9th.

The gospel tells us that a tree is known by its fruits and we know from Theodoret that the garden of Maron flourished after his death. One is able to number approximately twenty saints among Maron’s disciples, three of whom are women. Theodoret describes these disciples of Maron with these words: “These anchorites were virtuous and heroic, totally dedicated to a life of contemplative prayer. They were strangers to any other consideration in the world. They were obedient to Church authority and tried to imitate their predecessor in their exercises of austerity. At times, their acts of penance and mortification were excessive, but they were always obedient to ecclesiastical authority.”

After the Council of Chalcedon, Bishop Theodoret worked to construct the famous Monastery of St. Maron. In addition to being a stronghold for the defense of the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon, this monastery was for a long time the center of the cultural and theological heritage of Antioch.


The film will be on Monday evenings in February, (Feb.3, 10th, 17th and 24th) we will show two episodes each week at the Maronite Heritage Center.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the film will begin at 6:30

This is open to everyone ...parishioners and're welcome and encouraged to

invite or bring friends, neighbors...
Attend one...attend them is an open invitation to all!!! Those who attended last Monday had a great time and were nourished spiritually.
Hope to see you there!


invite or bring friends, neighbors...
Attend one...attend them is an open invitation to all!!! Those who attended last Monday had a great time and were nourished spiritually.
Hope to see you there!




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