Maltese Association

Order of Malta


Ash Wednesday Holy Mass

February 22 2023 


Various Members and volunteers of the Maltese Association of the Order of Malta lead by the President, Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, responded to the invitation extended to them by Archpriest Canon Karm Busuttil and the Collegiate Chapter of St. Lawrence Collegiate Church in Birgu, to join in the very special liturgy of Ash Wednesday, marking the commencement of Lent. Fra’ Francis Vassallo was also in attendance. 



The event started with the customary outdoor procession for the translation of the revered Reliquary of the ‘Vero Legno’ brought to Malta by Philippe Villiers de L’Isle-Adam, from the Monastery of Santa Scolastica to St Lawrence Conventual Church.



Archpriest Canon Karm Busuttil was the Main Celebrant. His befitting homily focused on the importance and salutary value of fasting during this very holy time, as willed by Our Lord himself, as well as on the need to thirst for Christ.

The administration of ashes, symbolising the dust from which God made us, took place after the homily.



The ceremony was concluded by the public veneration of the Reliquary, which was recently restored with the support of the Maltese Association.

Archpriest Canon Karm Busuttil then cordially invited Members in attendance to the traditional black coffee, served in the Sacristy.





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