Votive Lamp Pilgrimage to St. Paul’s Grotto
June 5 2022
The annual Votive Lamp Pilgrimage to St. Paul’s Grotto in Rabat, was held on Sunday 5 June at 5:30pm.
Proceedings commenced in the Sanctuary of St. Publius, with a short procession to St. Paul’s Church, during which the votive lamp was borne by members of the Order.
Archpriest Fr. Joe Mizzi read a short history of the votive lamp – explaining that the pilgrimage had started in 1960 when Grand Master Fra Angelo de Moyana, accompanied by the Maltese Association, presented to St Paul’s Grotto a silver votive lamp in the form of a galley of the Order.
Rev. Fr. Bastjan Caruana, the Archpriest of the Sanctuary Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta, presented the oil to be burnt in St. Paul’s Grotto for the forthcoming year.
Holy Mass in St. Paul’s Church was then celebrated, and the votive lamp was lit after the reading of the Gospel and sermon.
After Mass, the votive lamp was carried in procession to St Paul’s Grotto where it was hung in front of the statue of St Paul, and a short prayer was said.
Light refreshments were served in the gardens of the Wignacourt Museum after the event, in line with the tradition set up by our late lamented confrere, Monsignor John Azzopardi.