Maronite Chant- Office of St. Sharbel Makhlouf – Maronite Priest & Hermit- audio

Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lmalkout rawmo
Ya Mar Charbel
Hdaw zadiqe
Qom fawlos
Abou dqouchto
Rannimou lirrabbi
Bo’out mor ya’coub (benedition))

Psaum 150
Soughito (music)
Charbel, mouwatinoul’alamain
Abo dqouchto
Psaume 150 (music)
Hayedt mor
Psaum 133
Charbel illibnani
Charbel illibnani (music)

The Life of St. Sharbel Youssef Antoun Makhlouf was born in 1828, in Bekaa Kafra (North Lebanon). He had a true Christian upbringing, which had given him a passion for prayer. Then he followed his two hermit uncles in the hermitage of St Antonious Kozhaya monastery and was converted to monastic and hermetical life.
In 1851, he left his family village and headed for the Our Lady of Maifouk monastery to spend his first monastic year, and then he went to St Maron monastery in Annaya, where he entered the Maronite Order, carrying the name Charbel, a name of one of the Antioch church martyrs of the second century. On November 1st. 1853, he exposed his ceremonial vows in St Maron’s monastery – Annaya. Then he completed his theological studies in St Kobrianous and Justina monastery in Kfifan, Batroun.
He was ordained a priest in Bkerky, the Maronite Patriarchate, on July 23rd, 1859. He lived 16 years in St Maron’s monastery – Annaya. From there, he entered, on February 15th, 1875, St Peter & Paul hermitage, which belongs to the monastery. He was a typical saint and hermit, who spent his time praying and worshipping. Rarely had he left the hermitage where he followed the way of the saintly hermits in prayers, life and practice.
St Charbel lived in the hermitage for 23 years. On December 16th, 1898 he was struck with an illness while performing the holy mass. He died on Christmas’ eve, December 24th, 1898, and was buried in St Maron monastery cemetery in Annaya.
Few months later, dazzling lights were seen around the grave. From there, his corpse, which had been secreting sweat and blood, was transferred into a special coffin. Hordes of pilgrims started to swarm the place to gain his intercession. And through this intercession, God blessed many people with recovery and spiritual graces.
In 1925, his beatification and canonization were proposed for declaration by Pope Pious XI. In 1950, the grave was opened in the presence of an official committee which included doctors who verified the soundness of the body. After the grave had been opened and inspected, the variety of healing incidents amazingly multiplied. A multitude of pilgrims from different religious facets started flocking to Annaya to seek the saint’s intercession.
Prodigies reached beyond the Lebanese borders. This unique phenomenon caused a moral revolution, the return to faith and the reviving of the virtues of the soul.
New Order of Maronite Sisters in New York, USA
called the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light
The congregation will be started by Sister Marla Marie Lucas, a sister of 26 years in the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, who has been given permission to leave her Monroe, N.Y.-based congregation to begin this work. Sr. Marla Marie, the daughter of Lucas John Lucas and the late Zahia Beshara NeJaime Lucas, grew up with a deep appreciation of her Maronite heritage.
“The Maronite Servants of Christ the Light is a timely gift of the Holy Spirit to our Church. Over the years, many religious vocations from our Maronite faithful have entered the Latin Church congregations, as I did,” says Sr. Marla Marie. “Young women in our Church now have the opportunity to live out and deepen their Eastern spiritual heritage in service to Maronite parishes. The Blessed Virgin Mary is our model and inspiration.”
Radiating Christ’s Light
The identification of the congregation with Mary is key the element of its charism, says Sr. Marla Marie, who chose “servants” as part of their name after Mary’s own pronouncement at the Annunciation that she was “the servant of the Lord.” Then, “Christ the Light” draws on a pre-eminent image of Jesus in spirituality, particularly in the writings of St. Ephrem, explainsSr. Marla Marie. “Our liturgy is woven throughout with reference to Christ as light or different metaphors of light.”
“As consecrated women, we are to radiate the light of Christ, the light of his merciful love and hope to those we serve,” she says.

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