Today is April 23, the liturgical solemnity of St George, Patron Saint of Gozo. Devotees of the saint around the globe celebrate the day of his martyrdom, in a time of great persecution against Christians in various world regions such as Iraq, Syria, Lybia and Nigeria. In this context, the figure of George of Lydda shines more than ever as a true beam of witness to Our Lord.
Christ is risen! He has burst open the gates of hell and let the dead go free; he has renewed the earth through the members of his Church now born again in baptism, and has made it blossom afresh with men brought back to life.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015:
Five wooden arches restored and regilded
Last weekend five wooden arches, to which red silk damask or black drape is hanged on a number of liturgical festivities during the year, were placed back in their place, high on their respective triumphal arches in the aisle of the Basilica, after an absence of almost six months.
Then announcement of Cardinal Edward Egan’s death in New York has brought to mind superb memories of the outstanding gentleman and humble prince of the Church that visited St George’s parish in 2003. Cardinal Egan’s visit was a singular honour to tiny Gozo of which cherished memories remain.
Friday, February 27, 2015:
Sharing in the joy of Malta's new Archbishop
Today’s Vatican News Bullettin officially announced at noon that H.L. Mgr Charles Jude Scicluna, Apostolic Administrator ‘sede vacante’ for Malta and Titular Bishop of San Leone, is the new Archbishop of Malta appointed by Pope Francis. This comes as great news for St George’s parish community, which cherishes quite an old friendship with Bishop Scicluna.
Thursday, February 5, 2015:
Chris Galea makes his Promise of Obedience in the Order of Malta
Chris Galea, who manages the Order of Malta Gozo Volunteers Association with its quarters within the premises of St George’s Parish at the Basilica Square, made his Promise of Obedience in the Order of Malta. The Investiture Ceremony was held on 31 January 2015 at the Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta.
Friday, January 30, 2015:
Can. Joseph Sacco's Funeral homily
Nine days have passed from the demise of Canon Joseph Sacco, the priest from St George’s Parish who died after a short illness, at the age of 79 years, on Wednesday 21 January 2015. In his homily at last Saturday’s Funeral Liturgy, Bishop Mario Grech called Dun Ġużepp “a messenger of the Good News”. Here is the text of Mgr Grech’s reflection in Maltese.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015:
Twelve Masses a day at St George's
As from the first week of January, as announced on the Parish Bulletin, the last morning Mass at St George’s Basilica on weekdays is at 11.00am and not at 12.00pm. The decision to remove the last morning Mass was regrettably taken after a long period of discernment among the parish clergy, in the light of the shortage of priests and the rising age of our clergy.
Saturday, January 10, 2015:
Children's book narrates story of titular statue
L-Istatwa Titulari ta’ San Ġorġ: 175 Sena fostna. L-Istorja tal-ewwel statwa titulari ta’ Għawdex miġjuba għat-tfal is the name of a recent publication written by Francesco Pio Attard with designs by Cynthia Saliba, both of Victoria. During the year 2014, the parish community of St George celebrated the 175 years since the statue of St George, sculpted in wood by Maltese artist Pietru Pawl Azzopardi, arrived in Victoria, Gozo with the aim of being carried shoulder-high in the annual procession on the saint’s festivity.
Sunday, January 4, 2015:
2015 Parish Calendar marks Statue's Anniversary Year
Just in time for the new year and the solemn proclamation of the liturgical festivities of 2015, the new parish calendar was ready for collection yesterday and has been distributed to all households over the weekend. This year’s calendar, again in full colour yet half last year’s size, reproduces a set of photographs from the main events of last year which marked the 175th anniversary of our titular statue.