Al Mukhaliss Church in Saha 

Al Mukhallis Church

HAPPY EASTER 2006

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Easter 2006 -Passion Week Recital w/ Jumana Mdawar

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Halene & Constantine with the crowds brought the Cross from Ain Al Kassis to Dhour Saha

من قلب الحدث وبالصورة الحية تقرير من مركز الشوير الثقافي والاجتماعي

أضاء الأب ايلي خنيصر والمؤمنون شموعاً على اقدام "صليب الوحدة" في عين القسيس بمناسبة عيد ارتفاع الصليب، حيث تجمّع الشويريون والأصدقاء ورفعوا الصلوات على ذلك الشير الذي يطل من عليائه على الشوير والجبال المقابلة، والتي اضاء سفوحها ضوء القمر المرتفع في السماء والساهر مع المصلين على اعادة احياء ذكرى ارتفاع الصليب.

انطلق المصلون بمسيرة من ذلك الموقع، عابرين ادراج عين القسيس القديمة التي غطت جوانبها اشجار السنديان، ومشى في المقدمة العلم اللبناني وعلم كشافة الشوير وفرقة موسيقى الشوير للعز ثم المشاعل واغصان النخيل ليلحق بهم الملكة هيلانة والملك قسطنطين مصطحبان صليباً خشبياً على عربة يجرها الجنود والناس خلفهم، يرفعون صلواتهم بخشوع ترافقهم انغام موسيقى الشوير مجتازين طرقات الضهور صعوداً الى الساحة العامة حيث اقيم في الختام قداس بالهواء الطلق احتفالا بالمناسبة على نية السلام والمحبة في الوطن العزيز وكل الأوطان، وقد تم اعادة احياء كشف مكان وجود الصليب بمسرحية في كنيسة المخلص الساحة نهار الاثنين 12 ايلول 2005 وجاءت هذه المسيرة في اليوم التالي تكملة لها.

 

St. Mary's Ascension in Mukhallis Church
 

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Farewell message by Abouna Antoine Naddaf

الكلمة الوداعية التي القاها الأب انطوان النداف

لمناسبة عيد مار بطرس وموعد تركه الرعية نهائياً

29- 6 - 2005

اخوتي، اخواتي،

هي المرة الثالثة والعشرون التي اقف فيها وسطكم بمناسبة عيد شفيع هذه الكنيسة وهذه الرعية المباركة عنيت به القديس الرسول بطرس هامة الرسل. ولكن هذه السنة لست واعظاً او مرشداً بل شاكراً ومودّعاً. شاكراً لأبناء هذه البلدة جميعاً حسن المعاملة الأخوية والمحبة والاحترام المتبادلين، سيمّا وان منطقتنا قد مرّت في ظروف صعبة اباّن الحرب البغيضة، فتقاسمنا هموم الحياة وصعابها سوية وعانينا ما عانيناه الى ان وصلنا الى هذه الأيام عساها تكون خيّرة وجالبة الاطمئنان والسؤدد بفضل همة ونشاط ومثابرة القيّمين على مقدرات هذه المنطقة. وإن خصصت بلدتنا في هذا المضمار أقصد اولا مجلسها البلدي رئيساً واعضاء والجمعيات والمؤسسات الخيرية والانسانية والاجتماعية فيها والفعاليات الحزبية، ومجالس الأوقاف، كما الجنود المجهولين الذين يعملون في الظل لأجل الخير والبنيان وهم كثر والحمد لله. وإن انسى لا انسى مدى الانسجام والاحترام المتبادل بيننا نحن خدمتكم الروحيين أقصد انا وقدس الارشمندريت جورج شلهوب، قد سرنا على رأي واحد ونية واحدة محترمين بعضنا بعضاً ومتحابّين.

اخوتي، هنا استميحكم عذراً لأطلق العنان لقلبي ليبوح بمكنوناته هاتفاً وقائلاً: ايتها الشوير الحبيبة، يا باكورة رسالتي الكهنوتية التي فيها طحنت وعجنت وخبزت لأقدم وأقدّم ذبيحة انا لكم ايها الأبناء ونحن سوية لله.

احببت بشرك وحجرك، بشرك شيباً وشباباً، كيف لا وانت نبع يتدفق فناً وتاريخاً وادباً وفلسفة وعقيدة. حجرك، ايتها اللؤلؤة المنحوتة التي حباها الله جمالاً باهراً، فبيوتاتك تنطق بعظائم الله اذ هي جنائن معلقة تنحني امامها سائر عجائب الدنيا لا لشيء الا لأنك الشوير.

احببت كنائسك السبعة اذ لي في كل واحدة منها ذكرى وحنين، كيف لا وقد شاركتكم افراحكم واتراحكم واعيادكم وسائر واجباتكم، بالحقيقة قد صرت منكم ولكم وسأبقى ان شاء الله وشئتم انتم. أحببت طرقك وشوارعك وكل درجة من أدراجك التي تصل بين احيائك وكأني بها السبل التي تؤدي بي الى قلب كل منكم دون استئذان والعكس صحيح. أليس هكذا تكون امانة المحبين؟ فأنا على العهد باق، هلاّ بادلتموني هذا القسم؟

اخوتي،

مبروك عليكم راعيكم الجديد، عنيت به الأب ايلي خنيصر، ألا اهنأوا به وليهنأ بكم. كونوا وإياه اليد باليد واعقدوا العزم على المتابعة دوماً قدماً الى الأمام. هو الكاهن الشاب الخلاّق المتحمّس.

اخي، إرع أبناءك بمحبة وهدوء وسكينة وطول باع، وليؤتك الله حكمة الشيوخ لتستطيع ادارة وتوجيه السفينة الى شاطئ الأمان والسلام، استشر من هم اكبر منك الذين عندهم الخبرة الواسعة في شتى المضامير.

استودعكم جميعاً محبة الله وشفاعة الرسول بطرس وادعو لكم بطول العمر .

صلّوا لأجلي ولن أنساكم في صلاتي.

                                                                أخوكم الأب انطوان النداف

 

A word of appreciation from Shweir Community to father "Tony"

Dear friends,

 Father Antoine Al Nadaf came to Shweir in 1983 to serve as the Catholic priest. He left lately Shweir to another post after 23 years of working as a shepherd for all Shweirieh, who loved him and whom he loved. In his last speech, he reminded us that his first steps as a clergyman was in Shweir. I am not going to translate to you what he said in St. Peterís church in Shweir, but I like to point to few facts:

First: Shwierieh love everybody who loves Shweir and work for her.

Second: No one comes to Shweir, to work, live or visit can stop himself from loving the place.

Third: He who leaves Shweir for any reason, thinks twice before doing that and comes back whenever he can.

Shweirieh gave Father Al Nadaf, Bouna Tony, a farewell party after the mass. They thanked him for the good work, gave him souvenirs and wished him long life, health and success in the new post.

One more thing to add. Father Elie Khunieser is our new Shepherd . We wish him all the success in serving Shweir, especially he is a Shweiry and the first to come, after the last Shweiry 100 years ago, in this post.

 Riad

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Corpus Christi 2004

This Sunday we celebrated "Corpus Christi Day" "Khamis Al Jasad", I am sending you few pictures for our Mughtarebeen, who aren't coming this summer, to feel as if they were with us walking all the way from Shweir to Dhour in the afternoon (6:30pm); sharers in the prayers and in watching the beauty around.  Riad

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Riad Khunieser
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2004 1:22 AM
 
This Sunday we celebrated "Corpus Christi Day" "Khamis Al Jasad", I am sending you few pictures for our Mughtarebeen, who aren't coming this summer, to feel as if they were with us walking all the way from Shweir to Dhour in the afternoon (6:30pm); sharers in the prayers and in watching the beauty around.  Riad

Author Topic: When do I miss Shweir the most
George Matar
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posted 06-17-2004 02:56 PM      Profile for George Matar     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

You know we always talk about Shweir this and Shweir that and the Eid and the Summers and...and...and.. But in reality I miss Shweir the most is when I see a picture or two about things that reminded me of how life was truely like in the heart of Mount Lebanon. Honestly, If I was working in Lebanon, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, even if I was woring in Tripoly

Nabil just forwarded me pictures that he received from Shweir..... The Occasion, "Khamis al jasad" or "Intiqal al 3adra" (maybe its the same). That's when the Nawbeh and every body walk from Shweir to Dhour stopping at all Churches and shrines along the way, and then a great celebration in the Saha...... I always used to wait for this. Man, times like these are few and best enjoyed when lived in a small town.... Don't get emotional on me George

Anyway, the pictures were great and they show how clean the air at 1250 m above sea level.

The Saha looks great, and Clean. The new utility poles are a welcome change.... I still don't like the old buildings that are blocking Jabal Sanin...They are killing the $1,000,000 View.

Hey it was good to recognize the people in the pictures...Samer, Nabil, Bashar, Wissam, George, and there was a picture of my brother Najib, you look good ya bou Lias.... Miss you all ya Shweirieh.

Riad the pictures of the Lizan were so refreshing, Shweir need to have a lot more of this beautiful plant.

I absolutely Loved the pictures from our home...THANK YOU Riad for sending them

I noticed that the Circle in the Saha has that red Dirt plowed and ready to be planted with FLowers, way to go guys, letd have them ready for the Eid

The Matars will sure miss going to Shweir this summer, Keep it that way till next year 

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Al Mukhalles

Palm Sunday 2005

Thanks Riad Khnaisser for sending the pictures


Palm Sunday 2004

Thank you Riad Kheisser for sending all the pictures.

 


HAPPY EASTER

April 2003  - 

Good Friday - Palm Sunday

Al Maseeh Kaam - Hakkan Kaam

----- Original Message -----
From: "Riad Khunieser"
To: "Anwar"
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2003 4:05 AM
Subject: Easter

Briefly I will describe last week ceremony for Easter in Shweir and Dhour.

Palm Sunday: All Shweirieh, in Shweir and else where and even neighbors, were in Dhour Saha and "Al-Mughalis" The Savior Church to celebrate the Palm Sunday. For the first time in Shweir history this occasion took place in Dhour Church and not in Shweir as it used to be. The church was decorated especially for the occasion with white roses. Before the ceremony ended, twelve young Shweirieh entered the church carrying Palm and wearing clothes from Jesus time, each six from one side of the church till they
reached where the priests were. Walking after the priests and the twelve followers, the crowed walked out to find at the door a huge basket full of "Kaek AlSha3nineh", cookies, and another one full of "Kurban", church bread, for everybody to take.    And for the first time we saw one representing Jesus wearing Jesus cloth ridding a donkey, " atan", and the twelve followers each one wearing different cloth, as the Saints used to wear, carrying Palm. The crowd was as many as during Eid Al-Mughtarebein.
They walked around the Saha and through Dhour streets for the "Ziah".

Good Friday: At 5 pm Shweirieh met near Al Zugaeb houses, Shweir Noubeh with Shweir Flag in front of all then Shweirieh Shabab wearing customs representing the twelve followers of Jesus and carrying Jesus body to be buried in Mar Butros Church. We walked through Suk AcShweir to the church where ladies on both sides were throwing flowers on everybody crossing the street. The Church was decorated in the best way for the occasion to honor Jesus death.
The Shweir Band played music and girls and boys sang songs for the occasion for half an hour, they were excellent. After that they withdraw, with their instruments, from the church and the "Rutbat defn al Maseeh " started. 

Happy Easter for all of you.  We wished you all were here.             Riad

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Riad Khunieser"
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 4:40 AM
Subject: 3id Hamelat al Teeb

Last Sunday, May 4, 2003, the Is3af group, ladies and gentlemen, young and "young", had their Annual Mass in the Savior Churche "Al Moukhales" in Dhour Saha. "The Perfume Carrier Ladies" 3id, ( 3id Hamelat al Teeb), is the 3id that the Is3af celebrate yearly as their
founders day. What the Is3af does, in their daily work, is like what the "Ladies" tried to do with Jesus, add "Perfume" to our lives. 

Father Elie Khnieser helped Father Toni Nadaf, and Father Shalhoub gave a speech. Queen Christina Sawaya, Is3af members, and many Shweirieh were in the Church. After the Mass, we all went to the lower floor of the church to cogratulate the Is3af, where the Fathers, Dr.Ghosun, Christina and Mr. Korban cut the cake. Soft drinks, cokies (home made by the Is3af ladies), etc. were surved.
We wish the Is3af many happy returns with more succes in their work for helping us when their help is most needed.

Riad

Easter Unity

Al Masih Kam - Hakkan Kam

 

 

For the first time in many decades, a loving Shweiry is ordained priest in Shweir...

July 6, 2002, 5:00 p.m. at Sayedat al Mo3awenat, Bois de Bologne

Ordination
to priesthood
of
Elie Jack Shaya Khenaisser

 
For the first time in decades, a priest from Shweir will be ordained in Shweir... show your support, attend the ordination... 

 

 

Saturday, July 6, 2002, 5:00 p.m.
at Sayedat al
Mo3awenat,  Bois De Bologne

  Congratulations cousin, we love you...!

 

 

Ordination of Elie Khnaisser as Deacon  in August of 2001

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