Mass in memory of the fallen of the Great Siege in 1565
Members of the Association took part in the traditional event in remembrance of those gallant Knights of the Order who paid the ultimate price in the defence of this Island against the Turkish Invasion.
High Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral was con-celebrated by H.G. the Archbishop Mgr Paul Cremona assisted by other member of the Reverend Clergy. Prior to the final blessing at the end of Mass, the members of the Order followed by the Reverend Clergy, processed to the The Great Siege Memorial Graveyard to the side of the church, where prayers of remembrance were offered for the repose of the souls of those Knights who had lost their lives in defence of Christianity, after which President Philip Farrugia-Randon then laid a wreath at the memorial. The procession then moved back inside the Co-Cathedral to the grave of one of the great heroes of the Great Siege, Fra’ Don Melchior de Robles and which is situated in the Chapel of the Langue of Auvergne where prayers were again offered for the repose of his soul, before then processing for a memorial prayer at the tomb of Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette.
Mass was then concluded and the members processed back to the Sacristy. Members of the American Association who were on a visit to Malta also participated in this event.