I encourage you to learn more about the Marionite Church and visit this link: http://www.eparchy.org/ourladyoflebanon/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74&Itemid=134. Please don't feel intimidated by a service that is slightly different; for different can be beautiful and full of the Holy Spirit, such as this parish is.
St. Jude Marionite Parish is located near I-15 for easy access and tucked away in a charming street. Its location adds to the charm of the church. There is no need to worry that you won't fit in, or you will stand out. I can firmly attest to that, because I tripped on my way in the door right when monsignor
St. Jude Maronite Parish has very traditional architecture and decor. Beautiful stained glass windows line the walls and I have a few shown below. There is a lot of vintage wood and symbolism found throughout the church. One of the symbols I had not heard of before today is that found on the bottom of each stained glass. One of the parishioners told me that the peacock, conveys themes of immortality and incorruptibility. (I learn something all the time!)
The church feels like a family and welcoming warmth that beckons parishioners inside. I must state one of my favorite parts, which was the "the sign of peace." What happened: Msgr. Jibran extends a sign of peace from the altar. Peace is exchanged from the altar without words, by a simple gesture of hands open to receive and hands joined to give each other peace. Sometimes, silence can say so much. It is one of those "you must go and feel it" moments. Today's sermon was wonderful and interactive in such a way that it kept you on your toes, so to speak. Communion is given on the tongue after the Eucharist is dipped in the Blood of Christ/Wine.
I look forward to some day visiting St. Jude Marionite Catholic Church again. Thank you to the wonderful parishioners and Monsignor Abouna Jibran for your blessed hospitality. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. - Matthew 25:35