The Lebanese Maronite Order (known also as Baladites or Valadites), is a monastic order among the Levantine Catholic Maronite Church, which from the beginning has been specifically a monastic Church. The order was founded in 1694 in the Monastery of Mart Moura, Ehden, Lebanon, by three Maronite young men from Aleppo, Syria, under the patronage of Patriarch Estephan El Douaihy (1670-1704).
The second order is the Aleppians (or halabiyyah), monks of Aleppo, a city in present Syria, the antonym of baladiyah. This order resulted from a split with the Baladites. Pope Clement XIV sanctioned this separation in 1770.
- Monastery of Qozhaya
- For the history of the Baladites, please consult the dedicated section on the official website of the Monatery of Qozhaya
- Kreim Official website of the Maronite Lebanese Missionaries Congregation
- Baladites Official website of the Lebanese Maronite Order
- Antonins Official website of the Lebanese Antonin Order
- Aleppians Official Website of the Maronite Mariamite Order Arabic
- This article incorporates text from the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, a publication now in the public domain. Eastern Monasticism
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