Maronite gospel reading, Dec. 27th


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Matthew 23:29-24:2 Denunciation of the Scribes & Pharisees
The Lord Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell? Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you, desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’” As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. Then he asked them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” This is the truth. Peace be with you.

Jesus is referring to the scribes and Pharisees, who had just testified that they were the descendants of their ancestors who had the blood of the righteous on them. I see it as an admonishment that they will not see Him again until they say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” He also tells them, “your house is left to you desolate.” Is that referring to the temple (“not one stone will be left here upon another”)? Are the Jews today in the same way, descendants of the scribes and Pharisees?


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We are thinking of attending a Maronite Church on New Years Eve as their service begins earlier at 4pm. We are the Latin Rite. Could you tell me what to expect? Do they have a long liturgy in addition to the Mass? And do you receive Communion kneeling?


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I think of that verse sometimes at Mass as we say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” in the Holy, Holy, Holy, — just before the priest begins the prayers of Consecration and we “see Him again” in the consecrated host.

He also tells them, “your house is left to you desolate.” Is that referring to the temple (“not one stone will be left here upon another”)? Are the Jews today in the same way, descendants of the scribes and Pharisees?

I don’t think Jesus is referring to the temple, but rather to those who rejected Him, choosing to continue in only the OT Jewish faith. From the Haydock Bible commentary notes:
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Ver. 38. Behold, your house. Their house shall be deprived of the protection of the God of heaven. He it was that had hitherto preserved them, and he also would inflict upon them those very severe judgments they so much dreaded. (St. Chrysostom, hom. lxxv.)


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The Liturgy lasts an hour to an hour and 20 minutes, depending on how many people show up. There is a lot of standing (per my Latin rite friends). Communion is received on the tongue via the priest or deacon while standing. The Liturgy books instruct when to sit and stand. Enjoy!


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