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“I grew up listening to Lessons & Carols from Cambridge and that was Advent-Christmas for me. Then I moved to Rome and discovered Rorate Masses, the Novena of the Immaculate Conception with the Tota Pulchra, the Christmas Novena, the O Antiphons, the Aspiciens, the Rorate Coeli, the Alma Redemptoris Mater: that's Advent for me now. I am glad to see seminarians all over the United States doing Lessons & Carols, but are they learning our ancient Roman traditions alongside a 20th-century Anglican one?”
— Rev. Christopher Smith
Brother Estephan and Lehfed
published 31 August 2010 by Corpus Christi Watershed

[ Related: FIRE IN DAMASCUS ] A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Lehfed, a beautiful village near Byblos where Brother Estephan Nehmé lived. Camil Saadé, who is the choir director at St. Anthony’s Maronite Parish in Lawrence, Massachusetts was in town and generous enough to take me around. I was immediately struck by the steep slopes, cliffs and mountainous terrain that this beautiful town is nestled into. And like many Maronite villages, it has an impressively high Church to inhabitant ration. Religion, like in much of Lebanon, was and is a huge part of daily life.

Camil told me many stories, including one about a group of villagers that were resisting an unjust tax. Government solders cornered them at a cliff, and all the villagers lept off the cliff. Furthermore, many important Patriarchs and politicians came from Lehfed. But perhaps the most interesting of all was Brother Estephan. I won’t make you read about it, however, when I can show it to you. Please enjoy this short video that I made. I’m ESPECIALLY proud to include a recording Camil and I made of Perla Nehme, a rising young talented singer from Lehfed who sang at the beautification. Perla’s voice is simply remarkable, folks. Watch and listen to the story of Lehfed and Brother Estephan:


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