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Christmas Season Schedule 2019/2020

Christmas Season Schedule 2019/2020

6. December, 2019Blog, Home, Upcoming EventsNo comments

Christmas Season Schedule 2019-2020

 

Sunday Dec 22nd, 2019 

The Genealogy of Jesus  أحد النسبة
10:30 am– Mass
12:30 pm– Mass
6:30 pm- Mass in Pickering

Tuesday Dec 24th, 2019
The Birth of Our Lord     ليلة عيد الميلاد المجيد   
10:00 – 11:15 pm Confessions
11:30 pm Midnight Mass 

Wednesday Dec 25th, 2019 
The Birth of Our Lord      عيد الميلاد المجيد
10:30 am– Mass
12:30 pm
– Mass
6:30 pm– Mass in Pickering

Thursday Dec 26th, 2019 – Praises to Mary
7:30  pm– Mass

Saturday Dec 28th, 2019
6:30  pm40 Days memorial mass for the late Farid Nahal Offered by his sisters Georgette Estephan, Marie Louise Shalhoub, Marguerite Nahal & Alice Hanna with their families.

Sunday Dec 29th, 2019
10:30 am– Mass
12:30 pm– Mass
6:30 pm– Mass in Pickering

Wednesday Jan 1st, 2020 (New Year)
Circumcision of Jesus / World Day of Peace
12:30 pm– Mass

Saturday Jan 4th, 2020 
6:30  pm – Mass

Sunday Jan 5th, 2020
The Glorious Epiphany of the Lord  عيد الغطاس
10:30 am– Mass & Blessing of the water
12:30 pm– Mass & Blessing of the water
6:30 pm– Mass & Blessing of the water in Pickering

Season of the Glorious Birth of the Lord

Season of the Glorious Birth of the Lord

18. November, 2019Blog, Home, Upcoming EventsNo comments

(Also called Season of Soboorey, a Syriac word meaning “Happy Announcements”)

The pre-Christmas Cycle, in the Maronite Church, has six Sundays, which all focus on the unfolding revelation of the Birth of the Messiah. This is done in the context of the immediate family of Jesus, centering on Mary and Joseph (Matthew 1, 2; Luke 1, 2). This is certainly in line with the Antiochene emphasis on the humanity of Jesus and its appreciation of the historical aspect of Scripture. The greatest Announcement, of course, is that of the angels on Christmas.

There are one or two Sundays after Christmas (depending upon the day of the week that Christmas occurs), one of which is always celebrated: the Finding in the Temple. On 1 January the liturgical commemoration is Feast of the Circumcision (Naming) of the Child Jesus, with a second commemoration of the common Eastern observance of Saint Basil.

The Sundays of the Advent Season in the Maronite Church are:

  • Announcement to Zechariah
  • Announcement to the Virgin Mary
  • Visitation to Elizabeth
  • Birth of John the Baptizer
  • Revelation to Joseph
  • Genealogy Sunday
  • Christmas

Nine days before the Feast of Christmas, (beginning on December 16th and concluding on December 24th) the Maronite Church offers its Novena with voluntary fasting, commemorating the nine months that Jesus was in the womb of Mary.

Here’s an excerpt from the Maronite Christmas Novena:

We have offered you, O Wonderful Child and only-begotten Son, the perfume of our incense, the desires of our hearts, the submission of our souls, the adoring reverence of our bodies, and the prayers of our lips. May this be a proper preparation for your pure Nativity. May we be found worthy, on that holy day, for you to dwell in us through the Mystery of your Sacred Body and Blood, as you dwelt in your mother’s womb for nine months. May we be enlightened by the announcement of your holy angels, as were the humble shepherds. May we worship you with true spiritual adoration, as did the Blessed Magi, when we offer you not gold, frankincense and myrrh, but faith, hope and warm love. May these virtues flourish in us and bring forth good works pleasing to your will. To you be glory and thanks, to your Blessed Father, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. 

Below are verses 1 and 2 of the well-known Maronite Christmas Hymn, God Sent His Only Son, (Arabic: Arsala Allah):

God sent his only Son from the heavens to the earth as the Light for all the world. God’s Word has hid himself in the Virgin Mary’s womb, and from her, he took his flesh. His star was seen on high, shining brightly in the East, as foretold in Balaam’s words. Wise men, led by the star to the place where Jesus lay, honored him with finest gifts. Halel. Halel. Halelloonoh!

This child Isaiah called “Wonderful and mighty God” and proclaimed him as the Lord: “Upon his shoulders rest full authority and power over all the universe”. In truth, he is the Word and the Voice of God above, roaring with a lion’s strength. Yet, as a gentle lamb, silently and peacefully, he now dwells in Mary’s womb. Halel. Halel. Halelloonoh!

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BIBLE STUDY @ OLOL

BIBLE STUDY @ OLOL

21. September, 2019Blog, Home, Upcoming EventsNo comments

Come join us at our monthly gathering

 

to study and meditate the Word of God.

 

 

Here’s our program for the year:

Friday Nov. 22nd, 2019 at 7:30pm: St. Charbel Mass followed by Bible Study

Tuesday Jan. 28th, 2020 at 8:00pm: Bible Study

Monday Feb. 24th, 2020 at 7:30pm: Ash Monday Mass followed by Bible Study

Tuesday Apr. 28th, 2020 at 8:00pm: Bible Study

Tuesday May 26th, 2020 at 8:00pm: Bible Study

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God’s Word is powerful and will change our life!

Mass Schedule

Mass Schedule

10. August, 2018Blog, Home, Upcoming EventsNo comments

Saturday 6:30pm in Our Lady of Lebanon Toronto


Sunday 10:30am & 12:30pm in Our Lady of Lebanon Toronto


Sunday 6:30pm in Pickering (Holy Redeemer Church)

St Charbel Mass every 22nd

St Charbel Mass every 22nd

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We invite you to join us, on the 22nd every month, at 7:30 pm*

in Our Lady of Lebanon Church for Saint Charbel Mass.

 

(If the 22nd falls on a Saturday, the Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 pm)