The Feast of St John the Baptist is one of the most significant events of MASMOM’s annual calendar.
The Church celebrated the Feast of St John the Baptist with a Pontifical High Mass lead by H.G. The Auxiliary Archbishop Mgr Charles Scicluna and members of the Cathedral Chapter.
Members of the Order lead by Association President Dr Philip Farrugia Randon attended the function which started with a procession together with the Reverend Clergy through the streets of Valletta. After a short break the Pontifical High Mass was celebrated.
In the Oratory of St Johns Co-Cathedral
An Investiture and Decoration Ceremony took place in the Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral.
Members of the clergy present were : H. L. Auxiliary Bishop of Malta, Mgr Charles Scicluna, MASMOM’s Principal Chaplain, Mgr Lawrence Gatt, and assisted by the Ecclesiastical Master of Ceremonies, Mgr Paul Vella. The Chancellor of St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Canon Simon Godfrey was also present for this special occasion.
The ceremony was conducted by Comm. Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, Chancellor of the MASMOM, who was assisted by Major Raymond Miller, the Association’s Master of Ceremonies.
followed by a Reception at the Auberge de Castille
The Orchestral Charity Concert has become an annual event in the MASMOM Calendar of Activities.
MASMOM held its fourth annual concert this year once again to mark the Feast Day of St John the Baptist, Patron Saint of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
The Charity Concert Committee engaged the services of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Prof. Michael Laus, with Mezzo Soprano Claire Massa and The Goldberg Ensemble choir, giving an excellent performance of works by Vivaldi, Handel, Zerafa, Mozart and others.
The Hon. Dr Joseph Muscat very generously hosted all the guests in the quaint and beautifully lit courtyard of the Auberge de Castille for an after Concert reception.
Members of the Order led by the Vice-President Comm. Anthony Miceli Demajo, attended the traditional Church Service at St John’s Co Cathedral.
The Pontifical High Mass was celebrated by the His Lordship Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Charles Scicluna, who assisted by other members of the Cathedral Chapter.
As is customary on this significant occasion of the feast of Corpus Christi, after Holy Mass, the Blessed Sacrament was carried with devotion around the streets of Valletta and the procession then returned to the Co Cathedral for Benediction.
His Excellency Ing. Umberto Di Capua, the SMOM Ambassador to Malta, very kindly hosted special guests and MASMOM members to a beautiful reception on the roof of St John’s Cavalier to commemorate the Feast of the Patron Saint of the Order of Malta, St John the Baptist.
Members of the Maltese Association were present at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist in Xewkija, the Spiritual Seat of the Order in Gozo and joined in the celebrations in the annual feast of our Patron Saint, St John the Baptist. The Translation Procession around the streets of Xewkija ,with the Relic of St. John, was led by Mgr Joseph Sultana.
The Procession was followed by High Mass.
Our acknowledgements and sincerest appreciation this month goes to our confrère Mr Justin Zammit Tabona and his efficient staff at The Xara Lodge, who very kindly treated our patients to a lovely tea party on this beautiful summer afternoon. The Xara Lodge is nestled in the open Rabat countryside just below Mdina, offering breath-taking views, in a tranquil ambiance, so it was an idyllic venue to entertain our special guests who were glowing with happiness to meet each other and us helpers once again!
Our patient friends all have a particular story be it sad, tragic or sickness. They have known suffering, defeat, struggle and loss, and many of them have found their way out of the depths, back to the surface again. They have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. These beautiful people do not just happen, they become the special human beings they are after fighting through all their plights in silence. Giving them some of our time every month, has made us realize that what is really important is not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.