Annual Votive Lamp Pilgrimage to St Paul’s Grotto
The annual Votive Lamp Pilgrimage started at 5.15 p.m. with a cortege from the newly restored church of St Cathaldus to St Paul’s Church, where the President of the Maltese Association, HE Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata read, and Rev. Mgr John Azzopardi gave an explanation of, the Motu Proprio decree issued by Grand Master Fra Matthew Festing on the 21 October 2015. St Paul’s Grotto and the Wignacourt Museum were declared as forming part of the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, thus placing them under the patronage of the Prince and Grand Master.
After Mass, the votive lamp was carried in procession to St Paul’s Grotto where it was hung in front of the statue of St Paul.
A brief tour around the Wignacourt Museum followed the religious functions and light refreshments were served in the gardens of the museum at the end of the event.