An Introduction to the Maronite Faith

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An Introduction to the Maronite Faith

Fr Joseph Azize

Paperback, 448 pages

ISBN 9781925501568

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What is the Maronite Catholic faith? It is a Church which professes the same creed as the Universal Catholic Church. It is an expression of the revelation and sacramental dispensation of Our Lord Jesus Christ, addressed to a people who shared the Aramaic language and culture of the Semitic world into which He Himself was born. If we think of it as a tree, then its seed was planted by the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as passed on through His apostles. In the person of St Maroun of Syria, that seed put down roots. Then, through his disciples, who journeyed to Lebanon, a sapling shot up from the soil of Lebanon. Finally, a full-grown cedar appeared, tended by St Yuhanna Maroun (a monk from a Syrian monastery named after St Maroun), who was elected Patriarch of Antioch to preserve the Christian faith. -- From the Introduction

About the Author

Joseph Azize (Fr Yuhanna Azize) is a Maronite Catholic priest serving at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral, Harris Park, and is research officer at the Chancery (the bishop’s office). He has authored or co-authored another eight books and many academic articles, especially on religious topics. He is an honorary associate in Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, and an adjunct Associate Professor in Theology and Ancient History at Notre Dame University, Australia.


Table of Contents

Foreword                   
Introduction                     
God, the Individual, and the Church          
Belief and faith                   
One God, the Father Almighty           
Our Lord Jesus Christ             
Our Lord’s Life, Death and Purpose       
The Ascension, Pentecost and the Holy Spirit  
The Catholic Church              
Virtue and Sin                
Our Lady, The Blessed Virgin Mary       
Prayer and Eastern Spirituality            
Sacred Scripture and the Maronite Faith      
Sacred History and Typology          
The Teaching of the Lord           
The Ten Commandments: The Worship of God      
The Ten Commandments: Social Virtues
The Sacraments: Baptism and Chrismation            
The Eucharist                       
The Divine Sacrifice of the Mass          
The Liturgical Calendar     
The Sacrament of Marriage (Crowning)           
The Sacrament of Holy Orders               
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, and Funerals    
Maronite “Village” Spirituality             
The Maronite Saints             
Contemporary Issues in Ethics            
Appendix                    

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