Ash Wednesday Mass
Various Members of the Maltese Association of the Order of Malta led by Vice President Major Ray Miller responded to the traditional invitation extended to them by Archpriest Canon Karm Busuttil and the Collegiate Chapter of St. Lawrence Collegiate Church in Birgu to join in the liturgical celebration of Ash Wednesday, marking the commencement of Lent.
A number of visiting Members of the German and Austrian Associations, lead by Hieronymus Fürst v. Clary, also participated in this event.
This year the weather was much kinder, allowing for the customary outdoor procession for the translation of the revered Reliquary of the ‘Vero Legno’ brought to Malta by Philippe Villiers de L’Isle-Adam, from the Monastery of Santa Scolastica to St Lawrence Conventual Church.
Archpriest Canon Karm Busuttil, as Main Celebrant, delivered a most befitting homily focussing on the various ways and proper manner of fasting during this very holy time, as willed by Our Lord himself.
This was then followed by the administration of ashes, symbolising the dust from which God made us, accompanied by the humbling yet encouraging words “Repent and believe in the Good News” .
After Holy Eucharist, the ceremony was concluded by the public veneration of the Reliquary.
In keeping with the Lenten spirit of fasting, Archpriest Canon Karm Busuttil then cordially invited Members and Volunteers in attendance, including our visiting confrères, to the traditional black coffee served in the Sacristy. This was then followed by a unique visit to the Church museum, where those attending could admire the fighting sword used by the renowned former Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Jean Parisot de Valette.