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tell aaron leitko to do his homework. a diligent review of Our Lady of Lebanon’s Web site would have told him their liturgical language is Aramaic—not Arabic (Service Industry, 9/22).
Although it has been three decades since I last was at that church, unless their new building is different, parishioners cannot sit because there aren’t traditional benches—parishioners either stand or kneel for the entire hourlong liturgy.
Aaron Leitko responds: Chorbiship Dominic Ashkar of Our Lady of Lebanon says that the language of the 10 a.m. Mass, which I attended, is “predominantly Arabic.” That is, in fact, how the service is described on the church’s Web site. “It’s 90 percent Arabic and 10 percent Aramaic,” says Ashkar. “If he’s not a member, if he’s not a parishioner—then he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” Also, since Mr. Drudi last visited the church, pews have been installed.