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Monastery of Saint Artemius al-Quttara

At the General Chapter of the Order help on November 16, 1847, when Emmanuel (Ammanouil) Ashqar was Father General (1838-1841, 1847-1850), it was decided to detach certain properties from the Monastery of Our Lady of Mayfouq to allow the building of another monastery at al-Quttara, in the Jbayl district of Mount Lebanon to the east of Mayfouq. The monastery was to be dedicated to Saint Artemius (Mar Shallita) and the project had the approval of Patriarch Joseph (Yusuf) Raji al-Khazen (1845-1854).

In the month of May, 1848, work began on fitting up some cells for the accommodation of the monks just above the spring known as Ain Ram, where the monks from the Mayfouk monastery lived who had the duty of managing the property before it was separated and given to the new monastery.

The monks continued to live in the house situated on the east side of Ain Ram until 1850, when Father General Laurence (Laurentius) Yammine ash-Shababi (1850-1853, 1856-1862) began construction of the monastery on its present site. As soon as it was completed, it was fitted up and furnished.

Much importance was given to the care of the property and the monastery buildings and to completing the church, which was finished in 1861; its altar and baptismal font were consecrated by Patriarch Paul (Boulos) Massaad (1854-1890) in the presence of a large number of bishops and monks.

Subsequently the monastery underwent some repairs and its property was exploited, while more land was bought at Mazraat Shouit within the limits of the village of Sghar.

In 1870 the monastery was designated to be a school for the teaching of foreign languages. One of its students was Father General Benedict (Mubarak) Salameh (1891-1895). There were also some novices there.

The General Council held at the Monastery of Saint Maroun at Annaya on September 23, 1878, decided to take more land from the Monastery of Our Lady of Mayfouq, in particular the property at Wata Mar Sebta and Nabaat Wadi al-Kroum, and one third of the fields of Laqlouq, to give it all to the monastery of al-Quttara.

On September 20, 1880, the General Council likewise decided to attach to the monastery of al-Quttara the orchards situated at the place called Wadi al-Kroum. It is to be noted that even now the monks cultivate the mulberry trees used for the production of silk.

The hermitage of the monastery is occupied from time to time by individuals seeking solitude, meditation, prayer and spiritual renewal.

During the recent events that troubled Lebanon between 1975 and 1990, the monastery sheltered many young people who had left their own regions for political reasons. With the beginnings of the peace process, the Order restored and renovated the monastery so that it could carry on its mission just as the others were doing.

After the return of peace, the Order restored and renovated the monastery so that it might carry on its mission like the other monasteries and be a Haven dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary, the second house dedicated to Mary of Nazareth in the world.

The first motherhouse is of course at Nazareth, while the second is in Lebanon. Other houses devoted to the Queen of Heaven will see the light in all four quarters of the globe. Same Text in Arabic

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