The Maronite Church dates back to the early Christians of Antioch where "they were called Christians for the first
time" (Acts 11:26). She still uses as Her liturgical language, Syriac, a dialect of the Aramaic that Jesus Himself spoke,
and takes Her name from the hermitpriest,
Saint Maron, who died in 410 AD. Maronites now live in many cultures,
their Mother Church is in Lebanon and daughter communities exist throughout the world. The command of Jesus
continues to find partial fulfillment in the missionary work of the Maronite Church: "Go into the whole world and
proclaim the gospel to every creature." (Mk 16:15) Today there are millions of Maronite Catholics throughout the
world. The Patriarch, in communion with the Pope of Rome, resides in Bkerke, Lebanon.