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Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

7. August, 2019Past EventsNo comments

The Story of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.

We find homilies on the Assumption going back to the sixth century. In following centuries, the Eastern Churches held steadily to the doctrine, but some authors in the West were hesitant. However by the 13th century there was universal agreement. The feast was celebrated under various names—Commemoration, Dormition, Passing, Assumption—from at least the fifth or sixth century. Today it is celebrated as a solemnity.

Scripture does not give an account of Mary’s Assumption into heaven. Nevertheless, Revelation 12 speaks of a woman who is caught up in the battle between good and evil. Many see this woman as God’s people. Since Mary best embodies the people of both Old and New Testaments, her Assumption can be seen as an exemplification of the woman’s victory.

Furthermore, in 1 Corinthians 15:20, Paul speaks of Christ’s resurrection as the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Since Mary is closely associated with all the mysteries of Jesus’ life, it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit has led the Church to believe in Mary’s share in his glorification. So close was she to Jesus on earth, she must be with him body and soul in heaven.


Reflection

In the light of the Assumption of Mary, it is easy to pray her Magnificat (Luke 1:46–55) with new meaning. In her glory she proclaims the greatness of the Lord and finds joy in God her savior. God has done marvels to her and she leads others to recognize God’s holiness. She is the lowly handmaid who deeply reverenced her God and has been raised to the heights. From her position of strength she will help the lowly and the poor find justice on earth, and she will challenge the rich and powerful to distrust wealth and power as a source of happiness.

 

Assumption OLOL Picnic, August 17th 2019

Assumption OLOL Picnic, August 17th 2019

7. August, 2019Past EventsNo comments

On the occasion of the feast of
Assumption of the Virgin Mary,

Our Lady of Lebanon Church
invites you all to a Picnic.

A shout out to OLOL’s Youth groups:
OLOL Summer Campers 
IGNITE OLOL
SPARK OLOL
along with their parents and friends to join us at 
OLOL’s Assumption Picnic

Date: AUGUST 17, 2019 (starting 1pm)
Location: “Boyd Conservation Park
8739 Islington Ave, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 1A6
(Islington & Rutherford)

“Let’s reinforce our Youth’s bonding,
cherish their good camp memories
& start an annual end of summer Youth gathering tradition” 

  • Fun & entertainment activities will be coordinated by camp executives.
  • Let’s have the Youth come wearing their favorite OLOL camp T-shirt!
  • Parents and friends, bring your food, BBQ, and let’s celebrate our Youths’ solidarity.
  • Camp Kitchen Moms will infuse this picnic with their special recipe of SAJ treats.

All are welcome

Entertainment @ Lebanese Festival Toronto 2019,

Entertainment @ Lebanese Festival Toronto 2019,

27. June, 2019Past EventsNo comments

As promised we will be having entertainment all weekend long at the Lebanese Festival Toronto 2019,

Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2019.

so please join us for some food, music and lots of dancing!

We are waiting for you at the Armenian Centre (50 Hallcrown Pl, North York, ON)

For more information please visit our website:

https://www.lebanesefestivaltoronto.com/
#LebaneseFestivalTO

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Pentecost – The Descent of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost – The Descent of the Holy Spirit

27. June, 2019Past EventsNo comments

This feast of the Pentecost is of great importance as it marks the coming of the Holy Spirit. The “Rabulla Gospels” were with the Maronites since the 6th Century. They are one of the oldest surviving biblical manuscripts and are based on the Syriac Peshita version of the Gospel. They also contain this icon of Pentecost. The icon invites us to contemplate the scene of the Gospel and live it in your own life.

The large blue arch in the icon symbolizes the heavenly realm. The trees that are growing above the blue represent the Garden of Paradise. The Holy Spirit descends on the Upper Chamber where the apostles are assembled at Pentecost. “Blessed is He who exalted Adam and caused him to return to Paradise.” (from Hymns on Paradise from St Ephrem)

The dove descending is the Spirit of the Living God. It descends from the blue heavenly realm and enters the earthly realm to rest on Mary who is speaking with the apostles. The dove echoes Jesus earlier baptism. This is also reflective of the scene in Acts 2:3 where tongues of fire res on each disciples head.

The inclusion of Mary in the icon is important. Syriac theology has been instrumental in the development of early Marian theology. Mary is not mentioned in the scene in Acts 2, however she is mentioned as being with the Apostles earlier in Acts 1:14. The icon puts Mary center stage in the scene and puts her in a place of prominence. Her dark blue robe stands in contrast to the paler blue of the apostles and her halo is golden in comparison to the violet of the apostles. The icon is depicting the the gathering of Christ’s Church. Christ had ascended nine days earlier and left Mary as the leading Church custodian among the apostles.

Around Mary you can see a concentration of red which is representative of the divine. This is a typological reference to God who in the Old Testament is fire, for example the burning bush at Mt Sinai. The rocky sapphire stones on which they stand are a reference to Exodus 24:10 “and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness.” They now see God by way of the Spirit.

Take a moment this Sunday and contemplate the icon. Feel the warmth of the Spirit in your life, it is the link for us between heaven and earth.

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OLOL Summer Camp 2019

OLOL Summer Camp 2019

17. June, 2019Past EventsNo comments

Our Lady of Lebanon 2019 Summer Camp will be held from June 28th to July 1st 2019.

Location: 14009 Sixth Line Nassagaweya, Acton, ON, L7J 2W8 (Blue Springs Scout Reserve).

Join the fun!

Register online as soon as possible.

 

May the Month of Mary

May the Month of Mary

25. April, 2019Past EventsNo comments

The tradition of dedicating the month of May to Mary, came about in the 13th century. Some say because it was created to replace various pagan cults. The actual reason is the fact that this month is the time when spring is at  the height of its beauty.  Spring is also connected with nature renewing itself.  In her way, Mary gave new life to the world when she gave birth to our saviour Jesus Christ.

 The link between Mary and the month of May became popular among the members of the Jesuit Order — by 1700 it had a firm hold among their students at the Roman College and a short time later it was publicly celebrated in the Gesu Church in Rome. From there it spread to the rest of the Church.

 The pious practice of honouring Mary during the month of May has been especially promoted by the Popes. Pius XII made frequent reference to it and in his great Encyclical on the Sacred Liturgy Mediator Dei. He characterized it as one of “other exercises of piety which although not strictly belonging to the Sacred Liturgy, are nevertheless of special import and dignity, and may be considered in a certain way to be an addition to the liturgical cult: they have been approved and praised over and over again by the Apostolic See and by the Bishops”

 Devotion to Mary is one an important part of the Catholic identity. As our mother she is an example of a committed “Yes” to the will of God. Because of the devotion to her many people ask her for help in the most difficult moments of their life as any child does with his mother.

Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph

14. March, 2019Past EventsNo comments

Saint Joseph

Joseph, the silent man of the Gospels, is in the line of the great men of faith of the Old Testament. He is described as a “just man”, a righteous man of integrity. He is in the tradition of Abraham who was called by God to “walk before my face and be upright (Gen: 17.1) and of Moses who was told to be “entirely sincere”, “entirely faithful” (Deut: 18.13).

For centuries his place in the story of Jesus was comparatively unnoticed. Gradually, in Catholic tradition, he was recognised as patron of fathers of families, of bursars and procurators, of manual workers, especially carpenters, and of all who desire a holy death.

His feast is celebrated on March 19th.

 

Prayer to Saint Joseph

O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

O Saint Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most Loving of Fathers.

O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss his fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.

Saint Joseph, Patron of departed souls – pray for me.

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Lent, Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2019

Lent, Holy Week and Easter Schedule 2019

1. March, 2019Past EventsNo comments

Sunday March 3rd, 2019: First Sunday of Lent: Cana Sunday

10:30 am- Mass for the intentions of all our parishioners

12:30 pm- Mass for the intentions of all our parishioners.

6:30 pm- in Pickering, Mass for the intentions of all our parishioners.

 

Monday March 4th, 2019: Ash Monday إثنين الرماد

11:00 am- Mass with imposition of the Ashes قداس ورتبة تبريك الرماد

7:30 pm- Mass with imposition of the Ashes قداس ورتبة تبريك الرماد

 

Friday March 8th, 2019 (and every Friday in Lent)

7:30 pm- Way of the Cross درب الصليب والزياح

 

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Saturday March 23rd

* Youth Spiritual Retreat – (10:00am – 5:00pm) – At Queen of Apostles Renewal Center (Mississauga)

6:30 pm- Mass for the intentions of all our parishioners

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Saturday April 6th

* Easter Spiritual Retreat – (10:00am – 5:00pm) – At Queen of Apostles Renewal Center (Mississauga)

6:30 pm- Mass for the intentions of all our parishioners

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Saturday April 13th, 2019

6:30 pm- Mass for the intentions of all our parishioners

 

Hosanna Sunday (Palms) – April 14th, 2019

10:00 am- Mass with Palm procession قداس وزياح الشعانين

12:30 pm- Mass with Palm procession قداس وزياح الشعانين

6:30 pm- In Pickering, Mass with Palm procession قداس وزياح الشعانين

 

 

Monday April 15th and Tuesday April 16th, 2019

Confessions (6:00pm – 7:15pm)

7:30 pm: Way of the Cross درب الصليب والزياح

 

Wednesday of Job –  April 17th, 2019 إربعاء أيوب

6:00 pm – 7:15pm Confessions

7:30 pm – Mass & Blessing of the Oil قداس ورتبة تبريك الزيت

 

Thursday of the Mysteries – April 18th, 2019 خميس الأسرار

6:00 pm – 7:15pm Confessions

7:30 pm Mass & Washing of feet  قداس ورتبة الغسل

   followed by the Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight.

 

Good Friday – April 19th, 2019 الجمعة العظيمة

11:00 am- Ceremony of the Adoration of the Cross in (Pickering)

4:00 pm- Way of the Cross and Ceremony of the Adoration of the Cross at OLOL

درب الصليب ورتبة دفن المسيح

 

Saturday of the Light – April 20th, 2019 سبت النور

11:30 am- Ceremony of forgiveness with confessions رتبة الغفران

 

11:00 pm- Easter Midnight Mass قداس القيامة منتصف الليل

 

Easter Sunday – April 21st, 2019 أحد القيامة

10:30 am- Easter Mass قداس القيامة

12:30 pm- Easter Mass قداس القيامة

6:30 pm- In Pickering, Easter Mass قداس القيامة

Saint Maron: Life and Legacy

Saint Maron: Life and Legacy

8. February, 2019Past EventsNo comments

Saint Maron, born in the middle of the 4th century, was a priest who latter became a hermit, retiring to a mountain of Taurus near Antioch. His holiness and miracles attracted many followers, and drew attention throughout the empire. St John of Chrysostom sent him a letter around 405 AD expressing his great love and respect asking St Maron to pray for him.
Saint Maron spent all of his life on a mountain in the region of Cyrrhus in Syria. It is believed that the place was called “Kefar-Nabo” on the mountain of Al-Yambos, making it the cradle of the Maronite movement.
St Maron embraced the quiet solitude of the mountain life. He lived his life in open air exposed to the forces of nature such as sun, rain, hail and snow. His extraordinary desire to come to know Gods presence in all things, allowed St Maron to transcend such forces and discover that intimate union with God.
Accompanying his deeply spiritual and ascetic life, he was a zealous missionary with a passion to spread the message of Christ by preaching it to all he met. He sought not only to cure the physical ailments that people suffered, but had a great quest for nurturing and healing the “lost souls” of both pagans and Christians of his time.
This missionary work came to fruition when in the mountains of Syria, St Maron was able to convert a pagan temple into a Christian Church. This was to be the beginning of the conversion of Paganism to Christianity in Syria which would then influence and spread to Lebanon. After his death in the year 410 AD, his spirit and teachings lived on through his disciples.
The Maronite movement reached Lebanon when St Maron’s first disciple, Abraham of Cyrrhus, who was called the Apostle of Lebanon, realized that paganism was thriving in Lebanon, so he set out to convert the pagans to Christians by introducing them to the way of St Maron. The followers of St Maron, both monks and laity, always remained faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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Mass Time Change in Pickering

Mass Time Change in Pickering

4. February, 2019Past EventsNo comments

From now on, The evening Maronite Mass will be celebrated every Sunday at 6:30pm in Pickering.