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Sydney’s Maronites Welcome Relics of St Maroun

Last edited 7th February 2018

Sydney’s Maronites Welcome Relics of St Maroun

The Feast of St Maroun will be an extra special occasion this year for the Maronite Catholic community of Sydney, as they welcome first-class relics of the great saint to their home city.

St Maroun, who died in the 5th century, is the patron of the Maronite Church and the Maronite Catholic Society of Australia have been working tirelessly over the past year to secure a first class relic of the saint.

The relics were transported from Lebanon, where St Maroun lived, and will be housed at St Maroun’s Cathedral in Redfern. “It is our hope that the presence of the relics of our father and patron, St Maroun, is a new chapter in the history and the life of our Maronite community here in Australia,” said Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay, the Maronite Bishop of Australia.

“May it reconnect us more and more to our spiritual roots and sacred Eastern traditions and help us to continue bearing strong witness to our faith in God with zeal and loyalty.”

The relics will be officially welcomed at a solemn Mass on the Feast of St Maroun on Friday 9 February at 7pm at St Maroun’s Cathedral in Redfern.

In the lead-up to the feast day, Bishop Tarabay is inviting the Maronite faithful to pray a novena to St Maroun beginning today, 1 February.

“Through the presence of this relic, we will constantly be reminded of the greatness of our faith and our connection to our history and tradition because, here in this land, we have the honour and privilege of guarding a significant relic of St Maroun,” Bishop Tarabay said.

“The relics of the saints help us to focus upon the God whom the saints loved, the virtues which they lived, how they overcame sin, and to appreciate, with an unusual vividness, that they are now in heaven, and that we should aim to imitate them in this world, and strive for the beatific vision of God in the next.”

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