Friday, February 25, 2011

Council Father Sings Divine Liturgy in Vatican Basilica

Not every day you see a living Council Father sing Pontifical High Mass, let alone a patriarch or a priest who has been bishop for 50 years.
As Catholics we hold that there have been only 21 sacred and holy, oecumenical and general Synods (Councils).
On Wednesday, February 23 His Eminent Beatitude the Lord Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and of all the East, in the presence of the president of Lebanon and countless faithful from Lebanon and the diaspora, celebrated Divine Liturgy according to the Antiochene Syriac Maronite rite at the altar of the Chair of the Vatican Basilica in celebration of the closing of the Jubilee Year in celebration of the 1,600 anniversary of the dies natalis (death) of their founder, St. Maron.
The words of consecration were chanted in Syriac, the spoken languge of Christ.


  1. Aramaic was the language our Lord spoke?

  2. Pity EF Mass isn't allowed so freely

  3. Do you know if there is audio available?

  4. The Maronite liturgy is one of the oldest of the Catholic Church and it is based on the liturgy of St. James the Less, first bishop of Jerusalem. Our liturgical language is Syriac, the sister of the Aramaic language which Jesus spoke.