Mary, Mother of the Light Maronite Church is a Catholic Mission of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn.
The Antiochene Syriac Maronite Church is one of over twenty
Eastern and Oriental Catholic Churches in communion with the Bishop of Rome.
Led by His Beatitude, Bechara Boutros Rai, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East in Bkerke, Lebanon,
the Syro-Maronite Church has parishes and missions on six continents.
Worship in the Syro-Maronite Church is fundamentally liturgical - the public acts of worship by the Church constitute the fullness of Christian adoration of God. With liturgical hymnody and prayers dating back over 1700 years, the Syriac liturgical tradition is rich and deeply poetic.
Originating in the ancient city of Antioch, the Syriac Churches arose from the same semitic worldview as our Lord and His Apostles. Rooted in the Judaic biblical tradition, the narrative traditions of the Ancient Near East, and the Syro-Aramaic language, the Syro-Maronite tradition expresses Christianity through the ancient ‘lens’ of the Semitic peoples of Syria, Lebanon, and Mesopotamia.
Evangelized directly by St. Peter, St. Thomas and the other Apostles, Syriac Christians have preserved the Apostolic Faith throughout centuries of persecution, isolation, and influence from outside parties. Through the influence of the Syriac Fathers who developed our theological tradition and the Monastic origins of our Church which applied the ascetical and spiritual foundations of our faith, the Syro-Maronite Church passes on the faith of the Apostles and their successors to each successive generation.