With these five factors in mind, here were the Maronites. They were located between the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and Jerusalem. The people who came to the Holy Land were looking for a fight. They were told to kill the locals and win back Jerusalem. Many of these soldiers did not have formal education or knew anything about the Orthodox Church let alone the Maronite Church.
Let's begin by looking at William Tyre's comments. He claimed that in 1182 Maronites, including clergy and laity, experienced a massive conversion from heretical Monothelitism to the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Latin Rite took the position that Maronites needed to conform to their way of doing things. Mr. Tyre's comments were written almost one hundred years after the Crusaders appeared and throughout this period of time, the Maronites were good friends with these soldiers. When the first Crusaders arrived in Lebanon they were surprised and pleased to find fellow Christians who welcomed them with hospitality. This hospitality was extended to all Crusaders and the Crusader States that they created.
This fact could be seen through the Latinization of the Maronites as recorded by Chorbishop Seely Beggiani in his book on Maronite History.
Because of their close ties with the Crusaders, the Maronites began to adopt certain Latin practices. From the 12th century, they began to use bells in Lebanon, according to the way of the Western church; up to that time they had used wood for the calling of the faithful to church as the Greeks do. When Queen Constance, wife of the King of Sicily, bought the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem and the Sanctuary of Bethlehem, she gave to the Maronites the Grotto of the Cross and many altars in other churches in the Holy City, permitting them to celebrate on the altar of the Franks and using their religious articles. It was during this time that Maronite prelates began wearing a ring, miter, and cross as the Latin’s do.
Patriarch Jeremiah al-Amshiti was the first Patriarch to make an official visit to Rome in 1213. He assisted at the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. A painting depicting a miraculous event that occurred while he celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Rome showed the consecrated Host hovering above his head. It was displayed in St. John Lateran for many centuries. In a Bull addressed to the Maronites in 1215, and reiterated by subsequent Popes, Pope Innocent III encouraged Latin practices, such as having the Bishop alone as the minister of Confirmation, and decreeing that nothing other than olive oil and balsam should be used in the preparation of Chrism. He also called for the use of bells to discern the hours and to call the people to church. Pope Innocent also sent the Maronites church ornaments and vestments conforming to the Latin usage. Rome kept contact with the Maronites in the 13th century through visitations by Dominican and Franciscan friars. The Franciscans opened monasteries in Antioch, Tripoli, Tyre, and Sidon.