Mar Nohra is an early Christian saint and is particularly venerated by the Maronites. He was born in Persia in the third century. After the death of his parents he worked to spread Christianity and convince pagans to convert. He stood up against idolatry. He traveled to the shores of Lebanon, including Tyre, Byblos, Batroun and Tripoli to preach the Gospel. There he encouraged Christians who were being persecuted to stay faithful.
While in Lebanon, the governor ordered him to worship statues. He refused, declaring he was Christian. The Governor ordered his head be cut off and he suffered martyrdom at Batroun in Lebanon.
In Lebanon it is not unusual to find Maronite Churches that have been built on pagan ruins after the villages and towns were converted to Christianity. One such example is the Church of Mar Nohra in the town of Jbeil (Byblos where Mar Nohra travelled) which is built on Roman ruins. (See examples at the Facebook page dedicated to it here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mar-Nohra-smar-Jbeil/137762382990245 )
Other Churches and monasteries dedicated to Mar Nohra
The Monastery of Saint Nohra, Bsharri
Saint Nohra Church, Deir el Ahmar, Beqaa Valley
Saint Nohra Church, Deria, Batroun
Saint Nohra Church, El Hed, Akkar
Saint Nohra Church, Furn el Shubbak, Beirut
Saint Nohra Church, Hardine
Saint Nohra Church, Ghbeleh, Ftouh Keserwan
Saint Nohra Church, Aintoura El-Metn,
Saint Nohra Church, Sahel Alma, Jounieh
It is good to remember that our ancestors were persecuted for the faith that we so freely practice in many countries in the world today. We are reminded to pray for those who are persecuted for their faith. Mar Nohra’s name is Aramaic in origin, meaning “Master of Light”. For this reason he is the special patron of those who suffer from diseases of the eyes. We pray for all those suffering from physical diseases of the eye and those who are blinded spiritually, that they may see the truth of the Gospel.
Mar Nohra – intercede for them.