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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Georgian Orthodox ceremonies at Our Lady of Damascus

On the 26th and 27th of January 2013, the Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady of Damascus witnessed three important functions of the “Valletta Saint John Chrysostom Georgian Parish”, namely a baptism, a wedding and Divine Liturgy. Rev. Fr. Gabriel Gurtskaia officiated at these ceremonies. Rev. Fr. Gabriel and the members of the Georgian Orthodox community expressed their gratitude to the Parish Priest Papas George for making the church available to them. Other similar holy functions are planned for the […]

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Georgian Orthodox Divine Liturgy

  On Friday, 14th December 2012, at 10.00 a.m., the prior of the Valletta Saint John Chrysostom Georgian Parish, Fr. Kirion Machaidze, assisted by Fr. Gabriel Gurtskaia, celebrated a Georgian Orthodox divine liturgy for the first time at the Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady of Damascus. There are about one hundred Georgian citizens living in Malta at the moment.      

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Papas Vito’s Birthday

In this photo, taken on February 8th 2008, Papas Vito Borgia is surrounded by his parishioners during his birthday party which took place in the presbytery immediately after the Sunday Divine Liturgy. The present-day parish priest, Papas George Mifsud, appears behind Papas Vito. In 2009, Papas Vito returned to his native Sicily after fifty long years of great service towards the community of the Church of Our Lady of Damascus. We wholeheartedly wish him in his native Arbëresh language: Për […]

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