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Relics of Massabki Brothers and St. Sharbel

St. Ignatius of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church

5915 Springboro Pike (SR 741), Dayton (Miami Twp), Ohio

Welcome and Veneration of the Relics of

The Blessed Massabki Brothers, Martyrs (d. 1860) and

Saint Charbel Makhlouf, Maronite Hermit, Priest and Monk (1828-1898)

The Blessed Massabki Brothers

Welcome and Veneration of Relics

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Following both the 9:00am and 11:00am Divine Liturgies with Pray-

ers, Blessings and Benediction. Religious items available (free or for do-


The Massabki family brothers were from a nobel Christian family, they

lived in Damascus in the 19th century and were known for their piety,

generosity and Christian Values. The Massabki brothers were 3 of 6 chil-

dren, Francis, Abdel El-Maoti, Raphael, (the three martyrs), Abdullah

(who later became a priest), Mariam and Martha. They lived in a time of

great persecution of Christians. On July 9, 1860 their town and church

were attacked. The attackers approached each of the three brothers and

tried to make them deny their faith and convert. All three refused in turn

and each were immediately killed, along with eight martyr priests and oth-

ers. On October 7, 1926 His Holiness Pius XI proclaimed the beautifica-

tion of the three brothers. Their feast day is celebrated on July 10th.

Saint Charbel Maklouf

Veneration of Relics Sunday, July

22 and Monday, July 23, 2018

Sunday: Following both the 9:00am and 11:00am

Divine Liturgies with Prayers, Blessings, and

Benediction. Religious items available (free or for


Monday: 7:00pm Liturgy and Prayers.

Charbel was born in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra, Leba-

non, to a poor Maronite Catholic family. At 23 he entered the

monastery of Our Lady of Lebanon. In 1875 Charbel was

granted permission to live as a hermit on the hill nearby the

monastery at St. Peter and Paul hermitage. On Dec. 16, 1898

during Holy Liturgy he suffered a stroke and died on Christmas

Eve at the age of 70. When his tomb was opened in April 1899

they found his body and clothing were untouched by corrup-

tion, exactly as it was when he died. Pope Paul VI canonized

Blessed Charbel among the ranks of the saints on October 9,

1977. Saint Charbel’s feast day is July 23rd.

“The just will flourish like the palm tree, like the Cedar of Leb-

anon shall he grow.” (Psalm 92:13)

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