Solemn Translation of the Relic of St. John the Baptist
June 25 2022
The solemn Translation of the Relic of St. John the Baptist on the eve of the feast of the patron saint, took place once more, after a 3 year gap owing to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, on Saturday 25th June 2022.
This event was celebrated at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta and at the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist in Xewkija, Gozo.
In Valletta, the event started with a procession with the relic of St John the Baptist from the Oratory to the main church, where Pontifical High Mass was celebrated by HG Mgr Charles Jude Scicluna, Metropolitan Archbishop of Malta. The Maltese Lieutenancy of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre also participated in this religious activity.
A reception followed in the sacristy of the Co-Cathedral.
In Gozo, the Maltese Association once more responded to the customary invitation which is extended to it by the Archpriest to participate at this liturgical celebration.
Members of the Association, led by the Hospitaller Kevin F. Dingli, congregated in the sacristy for robing at 6.30 p.m.. A procession then took place from the Oratory to the Parish Church at 7.00 p-.m., which was immediately followed by concelebrated High Mass in the splendidly decorated Parish Church.
Mgr Guzepp Camilleri, well known for his laudible missionary work in Guatemala over a span of many years, lead the procession and was the main celebrant at the liturgical celebration, assisted by Archpriest Mgr Daniel Xerri and Fr. John Meilak.
Fr. Christopher Caruana OP delivered an exceptionally intelligent, thought provoking and soul searching homily on our beloved patron saint St. John the Baptist, calling for much needed new prophets in our time which is so full of false ones.
The High Mass was attended by the Mayor of Xewkija, Mr. Hubert Saliba as well as by other members of the Xewkija Local council.
A number of migrants from all parts of the globe were also present, carrying the flags of the respective countries represented by them.
After Mass, Archpriest Mgr. Daniel Xerri invited all special guests who participated in the proceedings to a reception in the sacristy.