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“One would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.”
— Ven. Pope Pius XII (20 November 1947)
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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