Great Blessing of the Water

On the occasion of the great feast of Theophany the parish priest Archim. George Mifsud Montanaro performed the Great Blessing of the Water and distributed it to the congregation. Apolytikion of the Feast: Lord, when You were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. For the voice of the Father gave witness to You, calling You Beloved; and the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the certainty of His words. Glory to You, Christ our […]

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Diaconal Ordination of Martin Zammit at Our Lady of Damascus, Valletta

On Sunday, December 20th, 2015, the Greek-Catholic parish of Our Lady of Damascus, with praise and thanksgiving to the Almighty God, joyfully witnessed the ordination of sub-deacon Prof. Martin Zammit to the sacred order of deacon. Mons. Dimitrios Salachas, Bishop of Gratianopolis and Apostolic Exarch of the Greek Byzantine Church imposed his hands and invoked the Holy Spirit on the ordinand in the presence of Mons. Paul Cremona, Archbishop Emeritus. The divine liturgy was con-celebrated by Bishop Salachas, Archimandrite George […]

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Easter Sunday: The climax of the celebrations of HOLY WEEK 2014

As in previous years, the Greek-Catholic Church of Our Lady of Damascus in Valletta attracted a numerous congregation of faithful who eagerly awaited the joyous announcement declaring: Christ is Risen – Χριστός Ανέστη – Христос воскрес! The divine liturgy started at 8.00 a.m. and finished at 10.30 a.m. During the liturgy, the gospel of St John was read in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Church Slavonic, Maltese, English, Italian, French, Russian, Spanish, German and Arabic. At the end of the liturgy, the […]

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Holy Liturgy of St Basil at the Chapel of St Basil the Great at Mqabba (Malta)

On Thursday, 2nd January, feast of St Basil (Latin calendar), Fr George Mifsud, the Parish Priest of the Greek-Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Damascus (Valletta), has celebrated the Holy Liturgy of St Basil at the saint’s medieval chapel at Mqabba. This chapel was built towards the end of the 15th century and served as Mqabba’s first parish church. The Roman Cathiolic congregation greatly appreciated this liturgical event which came about on the initiative of Rev. George Schembri (Mqabba Parish). […]

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Installation of an Electronic Bell System at Our Lady of Damascus

Recently, the Church of Our Lady of Damascus has witnessed a most welcome improvement – an electronic bell system. This systen greatly enhances the performance of the three bells which have called the faithful to the Church’s functions for the last sixty years. Apart from enabling the conventional manual ringing of the three bells, this electronic system offers a wide variety of pre-recorded melodies which automatically play on particular days of the ecclesiastical calendar. This electonic bell system was installed […]

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Exposition of Holy Relics at “Our Lady of Damascus” – Valletta

With the blessing of His Grace the Most Reverend Mgr. Abram (Garmeliya), Metropolitan of the Western European Diocese of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Georgia, the Holy Relics of several Saints, together with documents testifying their authenticity, have recently been entrusted to the same Western European Diocese of the Patriarchate of Georgia. On the morning of the 23rd November, 2013, on a feast day of the Great Martyr St George, these Holy Relics will be exposed for the veneration of the […]

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Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Bishop at Our Lady of Damascus

Bishop Venedykt (Benedict) of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv this morning (Sept. 8 2013) concelebrated holy liturgy with Papas George Mifsud at the Greek-Catholic Church of Our Lady of Damascus. Bishop Venedykt (in the world Valeriy Aleksiychuk) of the Dormition Monastery was appointed auxiliary Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv on August 3, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI had given his blessing to the election and had bestowed the Bishop the title of Bishop of Germaniciana. Bishop Venedykt […]

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Ukrainian Catholics started Celebration of the Baptism of Rus

Today with a prayer service at St. Volodymyr’s Hill Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church began the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus. Prayer was led by the head of the UGCC Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk). Source: Religious Information Service of Ukraine (http://risu.org.ua/en/)17 August 2013, 20:19 | Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC)  Some pictures from the event.

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The Blessing of Easter Baskets

On Sunday, May 5th 2013, the Greek-Catholic church of Our Lady of Damascus was literally packed with Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian and other Slav faithful accompanied by their children. Since early in the morning, they flocked the church, carrying colourful Easter baskets which they placed in front of the iconostasis. At the end of Holy Liturgy, Papas George blessed the great number of baskets, after which the congregation solemnly chanted the paschal hymn Christos Anesti ek Nekron – Christ is […]

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Easter Week 2013 at ‘Our Lady of Damascus’.

As in previous years, the Greek-Catholic Church of Our Lady of Damascus (Valletta, Malta) this year has celebrated the various services and divine liturgies characterizing the Holy Week and which lead to the glorious day of Holy Easter. Apart from members of the local community, these holy services and liturgies were also attended by a number of local and foreign visitors. Watch slide show with photos taken during this year’s (2013) Holy Week below.     

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