Next Saturday and Sunday, 13 and 14 June, the Solemnity of the Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, we will have the good fortune of entering our churches to celebrate the Eucharist together.
In that moment we should thank God and Saint George for giving us a ray of light in the difficult circumstances we are experiencing these days.
Many of us have felt the absence of the Eucharist as well as of the community that celebrates it.
So let us feel again that the Eucharist is a gift and not a right. The Eucharist is the love of God given to humanity, who did not deserve such a great gift.
Apart from the Eucharist, let us feel the need to receive the Sacrament of Confession, since the admission of our faults is an act of preparation that makes us appreciate the gift of the Eucharist.
Times of Holy Mass
As from the evening of Saturday 13 June, God willing, we open the doors of our Basilica for liturgical celebrations, albeit with some restrictions we have to follow. It is significant that after months of abstinence we will celebrate together the Solemnity of the Holy Body and Blood of the Lord. Masses will be helt at the following times:
Sundays: Mornings from 5.00am to 12.00pm on the hour; Evenings at 5.00pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm.
Weedkays: Mornings at 5.15am, 6.00am, 7.00am, 8.00am, 9.00am, 10.00am and 11.00am; Evenings at 6.00pm and 7.00pm.
Funerals and Baptisms are held Monday to Saturday at 5.00pm.
During this transition period, it is important to follow these few rules in the interest of our own good health. The space inside our Basilica allows for cluster zones for families. Therefore:
- Entrance to the Basilica will be through the main door (opening to St George’s Square) while the Exit will be the side doors (on to Triq Karità and Triq San Ġorġ).
- At the Entrance there will be ushers who will check your temperature, indicate the hand sanitizer and the places where you may sit. Those with a high temperature should not go in.
- Chairs will be placed in the entire church and ticked stickers (ü) will show where one can sit.
- Members of the same family can sit next to each other.
- During Mass, everybody should wear a mask or a visor.
- During Mass there will not be any collection, but we urge you to help us by giving a proper donation on the way out in the receptacles placed by the exits.
- Communion will be delivered on the hand only and the receiver should not answer Amen.
- Other directions on the matter will be given in the Basilica during the celebration.