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Pontifical Maronite Divine Liturgy

Please join us in welcoming Chorbishop Anthony Spinoza who will celebrate the Pontifical Maronite Divine Liturgy on Sunday January 22nd, 11:00 a.m. at St. John Cantius Church. His Excellency will give a brief talk about the Maronite Church and the lives of our Christian brethren in the Middle East at 10 AM in the Parish Hall. All are invited.

The Maronite Church has ancient roots going back to the Apostles through the Patriarchate of Antioch where “we were first called Christians.” (Acts 11:26) Today the patriarch resides in Lebanon. The Maronite Church has always been in communion with the Pope of Rome.

Chorbishop Spinoza serves as the Rector of the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon located in Jackson, OH, which is a Maronite Catholic Church under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon in St. Louis, Missouri.

Livestream link for Pontifical Maronite Divine Liturgy found here:


The Maronite Mass, like any other Mass, includes the Service of the Word, and the Service of the Holy Mysteries (the Eucharist). It can, be concelebrated by any number of priests at the Altar together. The bread and wine are prepared by the celebrant right before Mass on a side-table. At every Mass incense is used to purify and sanctify the people and gifts as they are offered to the Lord.

The Service of the Word always has two readings: from St Paul and the Gospel. There are two lecterns: one for the Epistle; and one for the

Gospel, used only by the priest or deacon. This part is led by the priest standing by the side of the Altar.

At the end of the Service of the Word comes the Nicene Creed, said at every Mass; then the Procession of the gifts of bread and wine. The Major part of the Liturgy of the Eucharist is called the Anaphora (equivalent to the ‘Eucharistic Prayer’ in the Latin Rite) conducted at the Altar. At present, there is a choice of six Anaphoras.

The main parts of Mass proceed as in any other Catholic rite: the Anaphora, the Intercessions, our Father, Holy Communion, and final blessing.

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