Stay informed on #COVID19 by visiting www.sacoronavirus.co.za

Maronite Foundation | Maronite Foundation of South Africa | Woodmead
Maronite History
June 13, 2016
Maronite Foundation | Maronite Foundation of South Africa | Woodmead
Lebanese in the World Today
June 23, 2016
Maronite Foundation | Maronite Foundation of South Africa | Woodmead

“Lebanon is part of the Holy Land, going to Lebanon is a mission for every Christian”
(Pope John Paul II)

Lebanon holds a significant and prominent place in the Bible. Chapter after chapter there are references which reveal the eternal bond that exists between God and Lebanon.
The testimony of the Holy Bible is everlastingly present in human consciousness across the globe. And Lebanon, which is mentioned 70 times in the bible, remains a part of that eternal and collective consciousness.

maronite
The first of Christ’s miraculous signs was performed in Lebanon, and ‘thus revealed His glory’ (John 2:11). In this chapter we follow in the footsteps of Christ in Galilee, where He attended a wedding in Cana, South Lebanon. It was there, upon the request of His mother that He “transformed water into wine.” It was on this day that the Church of Christ on Earth was established. The wedding in Cana became a joyous celebration of salvation for all of mankind.
It was close to Sidon, also in South Lebanon, that Christ extended his ministry of salvation beyond the house of Israel, becoming the Saviour God of the universe. This happened when He encountered the Canaanite (Lebanese) woman, who pleaded desperately for His help on behalf of all those suffering with no hope for salvation.
He replied, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel, it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Yes Lord, bet even dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” She replied. (Matthew 15:21-28) (Mark 7:24-30)
It was in that moment the God of the universe responded to the Lebanese woman, “O woman great is thy faith!” He then chose to take the bread destined for the children if Israel, and cast it out across the globe, to all nations.

The most magnificent and inspiring transformation occurred on Mount Hermon in Lebanon, known as Jabal El Sheikh. This is where heaven and Earth fully embraced and where Christ became transfigured. His face, glowing as magnificently as the sun, appeared to all as the incarnate of light of the Lord of Heavens and Earth and Saviour of Mankind. On this grand Lebanese mountain, from a voice in the clouds, came the glorious confirmation to all those who denied Christ as God.
“This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (John 12:25), (Luke 9:28-43), (Matthew 17: 1–8)
It is all of this that has made Lebanon a sacred and blessed land. Christ lived His most gratifying and significant moments during His missions of preaching in Lebanon.

Sacred Cities Visited by Christ:

 

Tyre: Christ went to Tyre and Sidon (Mark 3:8; Luke 6:17; Mark 7:31). St Paul visited Tyre around 58. A.D, he met with his disciples and stayed with them for seven days. (Acts 21: 3-6).

Sidon: God entrusted a particular mission to the Messiah: “Son of man set your face towards Sidon (Ezekiel 28-21) .Near Sidon Jesus Christ encountered the Canaanite woman (Mathew 15:21). In the acts it is mentioned that St. Paul was allowed on his way to Rome as a prisoner around 60 AD to meet his friends in that city (Acts 27:3).
Maghdouche / Mantara: When Jesus came to Sidon, the Virgin Mary who accompanied him stopped to wait for him near the town of Maghdouche at the top of the hill; she spent the night inside a cave which was named later Al-Mantara. Emperor Constantin responded to St. Helen, his mother, request and transformed the cave into a sanctuary for the Virgin Mary.
Cana: in Cana at the wedding attended by Christ and his mother the virgin, Jesus performed his first miracle transforming water into wine (John 2:11).
Caserea Philippi / near Marjayoun: In this region Jesus handed over the keys of his church “the Keys of the Kingdom of heaven” to Peter (Mathew 16:30), (Mark 8:27)
Beirut: St. Peter participated directly in the Christening of the inhabitants of Beirut. His disciple and heir St Euclimus reports that Peter built the Church of Beirut in the middle of the first Century ( Chabot , J.B “chronique de Michel le Syrian ” Bruxelles 1963 , T. I livre 5, chapX, p. 147).
Byblos: In Byblos, the first church was founded by St. John Mark, one of Christ’s seventy followers. St Peter appointed him bishop of the city where he was martyred (Al Mashrek Journal No 22, 1924 p 330

Tripoli: On his way to Antioch St. Peter Appointed Maro (or Maronos) as the first bishop of Tripoli and ordained twelve priests as well. (Lammens P.H notes Archeologique sur le Liban, 1914 p. 45

Comments are closed.