JOHN MARON, FIRST PATRIARCH OF ANTIOCH
Synaxarion for Memorials without a Proper Office
Today the Maronite Church celebrates the memorial of her first patriarch
of Antioch, John Maron. Since in the second half of the seventh century
the See of Antioch was vacant, the Maronites elected a patriarch from the
monastery of Saint Maron on the Orante. John Maron was a spiritual leader
and patriot who defended his people and accompanied them to Lebanon during
their persecution. Tradition says that he died and was buried at Kafr Hayy
(Batroun) in the sanctuary which is consecrated to him. Previously our
Church celebrated his feast on March 9, Patriarch Joseph Estephan transferred
his memorial to this date in 1778.
May his prayers be with us. Amen.