Catholics celebrating the Second Sunday of Easter, April 3, came together to worship at St. Maron Church in South Philadelphia. The Maronite Catholic parish, led by the pastor, Father Vincent Farhat, is a place of worship for many Christians who hail from various countries in the Middle East. Many of them are of course Maronite Rite Catholics, an ancient rite centered in Lebanon and surrounding areas that has been in communion with the Holy See from its foundation. Read more about the people of the St. Maron community, rooted in the lands of the Middle East, here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Father Vincent Farhat offers a final blessing.

Father Vincent Farhat offers a final blessing at the liturgy.

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Mina and Costa Mansour

Mina and Costa Mansour

Peter Akkari

Peter Akkari

Father Vincent Farhat, pastor of Saint Maron Maronite Catholic Church, incences the church.

Father Vincent Farhat, pastor of St. Maron Parish, incenses the church.

Paul Semaan fills the church with his voice.

From the choir loft, Paul Semaan fills the church with his voice.

Nahi Rai blesses herself before reading during mass.

Nahi Rai blesses herself before reading during Mass.

Philip Rai lectors at mass at Saint Maron Church in South Philadelphia.

Philip Rai lectors at Mass at St. Maron Church in South Philadelphia.

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Christelle Matar lets her father know she's is being quiet during mass.

During Mass at St. Maron Church in Philadelphia, Christelle Matar lets her father know she is being quiet.

Therese Tayoun

Therese Tayoun

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Father Vincent Farhat

Father Vincent Farhat

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Katie Akkari recives communion from Father Vincent Farhat.

Katie Akkari receives holy Communion from Father Vincent Farhat.

Father Vincent Farhat distributes communion to Alice Raai.

Father Vincent Farhat distributes holy Communion to Alice Raai.

Father Vincent Farhat blesses Jacob Sudano as his mother Rola Dakour prepares to recive Holy Communion.

Father Vincent Farhat blesses Jacob Sudano as his mother Rola Dakour prepares to receive holy Communion.

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Mary Solloum and Suzanne Tavani sing along with the faithful.

Mary Solloum and Suzanne Tavani sing along with the faithful.

Father Vincent Farhat, pastor, incences the altar at Saint Maron Meronite Catholic Church in South Philadelphia.

Father Vincent Farhat incenses the altar at St. Maron Church in South Philadelphia.

Father Vincent Farhat, pastor of Saint Maron Maronite Catholic Church, incences the congregation.

Father Vincent Farhat incenses the congregation.

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Nick Dib and Joe Sholy

Nick Dib and Joe Sholy

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Carol, Ricardo and Camille Baaklini

Carol, Ricardo and Camille Baaklini

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Fran DiCarlo and Anne Tayoun Dallegero

Fran DiCarlo and Anne Tayoun Dallegero