7 September 2016
On 7 September 2016 the members of the Maltese Association assembled in the sacristy of St John’s Co-Cathedral, together with the members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, who were cordially invited. This annual High Mass was co-celebrated by Mgr Mifsud and assisted by other member of the Reverend Clergy.
After Mass, the members of the Order processed to the Churchyard of St John’s, where Mgr Mifsud blessed the Great Siege Memorial in remembrance of those Knights who gave their lives for our freedom in the Great Siege of 1565. Prayers were said for the repose of their souls. The President of the Maltese Association, Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata laid a wreath at the memorial.
In the Chapel of Auvergne the sepulchral slab of Don Melchior de Robles was blessed, to remember this iconic hero of the Great Siege. The last stage in this procession was at the Crypt of the Grand Masters where prayers were directed at the tomb of Grand Master Jean Parisot de Valette.