Tag: Mary

St. Ephrem’s Hymn on the Angel’s Announcement to Mary (an excerpt)

Annunciation

St. Ephrem’s Hymn on the Angel’s Announcement to Mary (an excerpt) (Translated by Fr. Ephrem Adde and edited by the staff of thehiddenpearl.org)  ܣܘܽܓܺܝܬܳܐ ܕܡܳܪܝ ܐܦܪܝܡ ܕܥܰܠ ܣܘܽܒܳܪ ܥܺܝܪܳܐ ܠܡܰܪܝܰܡ Glory to You, Lord, whom heaven and earth, and everything in [heaven] and on [earth] worship.… Continue Reading “St. Ephrem’s Hymn on the Angel’s Announcement to Mary (an excerpt)”

Balai of Qenneshrin – On Simeon Seeing God’s Mercy (Lk 2:22-35)


“Let me go in peace,” said Simeon, “for my eyes have seen your Mercy as You had said.” [See Lk 2:22-35] ܫܪܺܝܢܝ ܒܰܫܠܳܡܳܐ . ܐܶܡܰܪ ܗ̱ܘܳܐ ܫܶܡܥܘܽܢ . ܕܗܳܐ ܚ̈ܙܰܝ ܥܰܝ̈ܢܰܝ . ܚܢܳܢܳܟ ܐܰܝܟ ܕܶܐܡܰܪܬ ܀ Mary carried [Jesus] as an offering to the… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin – On Simeon Seeing God’s Mercy (Lk 2:22-35)”

Balai of Qenneshrin – Mary and the Martyrs, our Helpers with Prayers


Mother of our Lord, we put our trust in you truly, since Your majestic Son listens to you kindly. ܐܶܡܶܗ ܕܡܳܪܰܢ ܥܠܰܝܟܝ ܗ̱ܘܽ ܣܰܒܪܰܢ ܫܰܪܺܝܪܳܐܺܝܬ. ܕܫܳܡܰܥ ܗ̱ܘܽ ܠܶܟܝ ܝܰܠܕܶܟܝ ܦܰܐܝܳܐ ܒܰܣܺܝܡܳܐܺܝܬ܀ Help us fervently with prayer, martyrs (literally confessors), and expel the Evil One,… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin – Mary and the Martyrs, our Helpers with Prayers”

Balai of Qenneshrin – On Mary and the Departed


O blessed [Mary], come [and] be the protection of our weakness that we may live in grace with you through your prayers. ܐܳܘ ܡܝܰܩܰܪܬܳܐ ܬܳܝ ܩܘܽܡܝ ܒܰܐܦܶܝ̈ܗ݀ ܕܰܡܚܺܝܠܘܽܬܰܢ. ܘܰܒܛܰܝܒܘܽܬܳܐ ܢܺܐܚܶܐ ܥܰܡܶܟܝ ܒܰܨ̈ܠܰܘܳܬܶܟܝ܀ O holy ones, be our companions, [lacuna] mercy. Persevere in prayer and… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin – On Mary and the Departed”

Early Syriac Theology With Special Reference to the Maronite Tradition

Early Syriac Theology with Special Reference to the Maronite Tradition

Short Biography x Short Biography Chorbishop Seely Beggiani, S.T.D. was Rector of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Seminary from 1968 to 2013, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America from 1967 to 2014. He has researched… Continue Reading “Early Syriac Theology With Special Reference to the Maronite Tradition”

Balai of Qenneshrin on the Faithful Departed


May the faithful departed who put You on through baptism put on, in Eden, the robe of glory. ܥܰܢܺܝ̈ܕܶܐ ܡܗܰܝ̈ܡܢܶܐ ܆ ܕܠܰܒܫܘܽܟ ܒܰܥܡܳܕܳܐ ܆ ܢܶܬܥܰܛܦܘܽܢ ܒܰܥܕܶܝܢ ܆ ܐܶܣܛܰܠ ܬܶܫܒܘܽܚܬܳܐ ܀ The mouths that professed You, ate You and drank Your blood, shout with the… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on the Faithful Departed”

Balai of Qenneshrin on a Laborer in the Vineyard of the Lord


Blessed are you, our father, when the King reveals himself and rewards justly every person according to their deeds. ܛܘܽܒܰܝܟ ܐܳܘ ܐܰܒܘܽܢ ܆ ܡܳܐ ܕܡܶܬܓܠܶܐ ܡܰܠܟܳܐ ܆ ܘܦܳܪܰܥ ܒܟܺܐܢܘܽܬܳܐ ܆ ܠܟܽܠܢܳܫ ܐܰܝܟ ܥܰܡܠܶܗ ܀ Since you labored in His vineyard from morning till evening,… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on a Laborer in the Vineyard of the Lord”

Balai of Qenneshrin on the Holy Martyrs


To the contest went the holy martyrs and against false worship battled the glorious laborers. ܠܰܐܓܘܽܢܳܐ ܢܚܶܬܘ ܗ̱ܘܰܘ ܆ ܣܳܗ̈ܕܶܐ ܩܰܕܺܝ̈ܫܶܐ ܆ ܘܥܰܡ ܛܘܽܥܝܰܝ ܐܰܩܪܶܒܘ ܆ ܦܳܠܚ̈ܶܐ ܢܰܨܺܝ̈ܚܶܐ ܀ We beseech the martyrs and entreat them earnestly to implore with us the Lord, who… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on the Holy Martyrs”

Balai of Qenneshrin on the Holy Apostles


The disciples of the Son, the holy apostles, armed themselves and went out to the four corners of world. ܬܰܠܡܺܝ̈ܕܰܘܗ̱ܝ ܕܰܒܪܳܐ ܆ ܫܠܺܝ̈ܚܶܐ ܩܰܕܺܝ̈ܫܶܐ ܆ ܐܶܙܕܰܝܰܢܘ ܘܰܢܦܰܩܘ ܆ ܠܰܐܪܒܰܥ ܦܶܢ̈ܝܳܬܳܐ ܀ The holy apostles laid hold of the cross, an unequally matched weapon, and… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on the Holy Apostles”

Balai of Qenneshrin on Mary, the Martyrs and the Departed


Who is able to stop speaking your praises, for you bore and carried the Hope of every creature? ܡܰܢܘܽ ܓܶܝܪ ܡܰܘܦܶܐ ܆ ܕܢܺܐܡܰܪ ܩ̈ܘܽܠܳܣܰܝܟܝ ܆ ܕܙܰܝܶܚܬܝ ܘܰܛܥܰܢܬܺܝܘܗ̱ܝ ܆ ܠܣܰܒܪܳܐ ܕܟܽܠ ܒ̈ܶܪܝܳܢ ܀ Who could tell the story of your slaughters, brave athletes, God’s laborers?… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on Mary, the Martyrs and the Departed”

Balai of Qenneshrin on Mary (Another Hymn)


On Mt. Sinai, Moses symbolized you, O Virgin, Daughter of David, as a bush, full of all graces. ܡܘܽܫܶܐ ܒܛܘܽܪ ܣܺܝܢܰܝ ܆ ܒܣܰܢܝܳܐ ܡܰܬܠܶܟܝ ܗ̱ܘܳܐ ܆ ܒܬܘܽܠܬܳܐ ܒܰܪܬ ܕܰܘܺܝܕ ܆ ܡܳܠܶܝܢ ܟܽܠ ܫܘܽܦܪ̈ܺܝܢ ܀ The prophet Isaiah foretold, “Behold! A virgin conceives and bears… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on Mary (Another Hymn)”

Balai of Qenneshrin on Mary


Mary, Daughter of David, who would not extol you, for all creatures marvel at your Child? ܡܰܪܝܰܡ ܒܰܪܬ ܕܰܘܺܝܕ ܆ ܡܰܢܘܽ ܕܠܳܐ ܢܩܰܠܣܶܟܝ ܆ ܕܟܽܠܗܘܽܢ ܒܶܪ̈ܝܳܬܳܐ ܆ ܒܝܰܠܕܷܟܝ ܬܰܗܺܝܪ̈ܺܝܢ ܀ Virgin, who bore the milk of mothers and suckled the Preserver Who nourishes all,… Continue Reading “Balai of Qenneshrin on Mary”

My Vision of the Maronite Church


The Antiochene Syriac Maronite Church is depicted as a Cedar of Lebanon. She is founded on Christ (the cross) who is the cornerstone of all churches and she is nourished by God’s Word as found in both Testaments of the Bible. Her roots are… Continue Reading “My Vision of the Maronite Church”