Presbyteral Ordination of Papàs Martin Zammit

June 11th 2017 was a great day for the Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady of Damascus, in Valletta. Οn that day, Deacon Martin Zammit received his presbyteral ordination in the church of St Nicholas of Myra, Merchants Str., Valletta. H.E. Mons Manuel Nin O.S.B. , Apostolic Exarch to Greece, and Titular Bishop of Carcabia, ordained Deacon Martin to the priesthood by the laying of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit. Also present for the ceremony were H.E. […]

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The Latest Artistic Acquisitions at ‘Our Lady of Damascus’

The Church of Our Lady of Damascus in Valletta has been embellished with the latest artistic works by the young, but much-talented Serbian sculptor Mr Darko Djordjevich. These consist of two icon stands adorned with traditional Byzantine religious motifs and a frame for the icon of the Nativity above the Altar of Preparation (prothesis). Mr Djordjevich started working on these artistic works at the Church itself during the second half of 2015. The icon stands were placed in the Church […]

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H.E. the President of Malta visits our Church

On Sunday 28th February 2016 Her Excellency the President of the Republic of Malta Ms Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and her Consort, Mr Edgar Preca, attended the Divine Liturgy of St Basil. This is the first time that a President of the Republic of Malta visits out historical Church. After the Holy Liturgy, Her Excellency the President and her Consort met with the Parish Priest, Archimandrite George Mifsud, the Deacon Martin Zammit, and the members and guests of the community of […]

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Fr George about the Orthodox Churches in Malta

  Apart from the Greek Catholic community, thousands of Orthodox faithful live in the Maltese islands. The Russian and the Serbian communities are very important numerically, but there are also communities of faithful coming from Bulgarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Egyptian (Coptic), Ethiopic, Eritrean, Syrian, Greek and Albanian backgrounds. If you wish to learn more about the various Orthodox communities in Malta, you can find the information prepared by Archim. George Mifsud on maltadiocese.org  

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Fr George about the Icon of Our Lady of Philermos

The Icon of Our Lady of Philermos Archim. George Mifsud writes: “…According to the tradition current in Rhodes, it was a penitent who, before settling in the solitude of Mount Philermos, amid the ruins of an ancient city, some 10 kms from Rhodes, had brought with him from Jerusalem the icon of the Mother of God, attributed to the hand of St. Luke the Evangelist.” This icon was eventually sent to Emperor Paul I of Russia after the fall of […]

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H Παναγία η Μαλτέζα: ‘The Maltese’ Holy Mother of God in Santorini (Greece)

Perhaps not many are aware that on the Greek island of Santorini, renowned worldwide for its natural beauty in the middle of the Aegean sea, a local church in the village of Imerovigli, houses an icon which the locals call the ‘Maltese’ Holy Mother of God. The story behind this holy icon is indeed very intriguing. According to the local Greek tradition, the icon was found at sea by Captain Theordoros Borlis, from Imerovigli, during one of his journeys from Santorini […]

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Pope Francis about the Byzantine Liturgy

Excerpt from the press conference given by Pope Francis during his flight back to Rome from the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, 28 July 2013. Answering a question by the Russian journalist Alexey Bukalov, Pope Francis had this to say about the Byzantine liturgy. (Italian original) Alexey Bukalov: Buonasera Santo Padre. Santo Padre, tornando all’ecumenismo: oggi gli ortodossi festeggiano i 1.025 anni del cristianesimo, ci sono grandissimi festeggiamenti in molte capitali. Se vuole fare un commento su questo […]

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