Saint Maroun

St. Maroun consecrated the temple for divine Christian worship. The pattern of his life had a great influence on his disciples who followed suit and were "as plants of wisdom in the region of Cyrrhus"(23)

St. Marounís sainthood became known throughout the Empire. St. John Chrysostom sent him a letter around 405 A.D. expressing his great love and respect and asked St. Maroun to pray for him.

St. Maroun died around 410 A.D. and willed to be buried in St. Zabinaís tomb in Kita in the region of Cyrrhus. However, his will was not executed because people from different villages wanted to have him buried in their towns. Theodoretís description of St. Marounís burial place points to the populous town of Barad in the proximity of Kfarnabo. A huge church was built in that town around the beginning of the fifth century A.D. (25).

Inside this church there was a sarcophagus, which possibly contained St. Marounís body. According to a Maronite tradition, the followers of St. Maroun carried the relics of the Saint, especially the skull, to St. Marounís Monastery or "Beit Maroun" built in 452 A.D. between Hama and Aleppo in Syria.