Saint Maroun (also Maro or Maron) was a priest and hermit. His life and miracles attracted many followers. After his death in 410 AD a special movement was founded, that became known as the Maronite movement.
The Maronite movement reached Lebanon when the first disciple of St. Maroun, Abraham of Cyrrhus, realized, how many non-Christians were in Lebanon. He decided to convert them to Christianity and introduced them to St. Maroun.
The Maronite Church has achieved a profound influence in Lebanon, while in modern Syria, Jordan and Israel it is one to a lesser degree. Today about the half of all Maronites lives in Lebanon, where St. Maroun's Day is a national holiday. The Maronite Church is the largest in Lebanon: about 37% of Christians and 17% of the population belong to the Maronites.
The Maronite communities also exist in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Canada, Syria, the United States, France and Cyprus.Remind me with Google Calendar
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