Tomorrow, 1st of May, is the beginning of the Month of Mary.
The Maronite Church has always had a special devotion to the Virgin, as is evidenced by the great number of churches which are dedicated to her both in Lebanon and in our own country.
Mary is always seen in the Maronite liturgy as the Mother of the Lord, the Theotokos. It is because of this unique position that the Maronite Church knows that it can turn to her and seek her intercession with her Son: "O Mother of the Life, petition your divine Son to keep away from us all the effects of evil, to preserve us from all animosity and to strengthen us on our way."
O Christ, in you is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Image by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P.
The Church rejoices in the peace of the Lord and proclaims:
“Blessed is the Lord who has risen from the dead and gave us peace.” Maronite Liturgy
"Build the eternal temple of the Lord and be living stones in it; do not build your temporary little temples from dead stones that time will wipe out."
From the Fifth Experience of Raymond Nader with Saint Sharbel.
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O Lord, grant that we may come out of the darkness of our night and the death of our sins and enter the light of your morning and the life of your mercy. Maronite Liturgy