The icon of “Our Lady of Damascus”: on its way to a new destination

On Thursday 1st December, the 12th century icon of “Our Lady of Damascus” was brought down from the apse where it has been for the past 60 years. Soon it will be placed in a better location, within our church, where the faithful will be able to venerate it and admire its stunning beauty with greater facility – AT EYE LEVEL! An icon of the Panagia Platytera (“Our Lady who is More Spacious than the Heavens”) has been temporarily placed […]

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Our Church acquires a liturgical fan (ripidion)

During today’s divine Liturgy (9th October, 2016), our Parish Priest, Rev. Archimandrite George Mifsud, announced that our Church has just acquired a ripidion, that is, a liturgical fan (see photos). This wooden liturgical fan, with the image of a seraph with six wings on both sides, is the artistic work of the Maltese iconographer Mr Joseph Vella, whose works are to be found in various churches of Malta. During the consecration, the deacon, standing at the Holy Altar, gently waves the ripidion over the […]

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Honoured and blessed by the presence at “Our Lady of Damascus”, Valletta, of Venedykt (Aleksiychuk), Protosyncellus, Auxiliary Bishop of Lviv Archeparchy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

During the month of August, 2016, our Greek Catholic community was honoured and blessed by the presence of Venedykt (Aleksiychuk), Protosyncellus, Auxiliary Bishop of Lviv Archeparchy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. This is the third time that Bishop Venedykt is visiting our community. During his month-long stay, His Eminence officiated the divine liturgy with our Parish Priest, Fr George Mifsud. After liturgy, our community has had the welcome opportunity to meet Bishop Venedykt personally in a very friendly atmosphere. Moreover, […]

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L’ordinazione episcopale di Manuel Nin

«Nella tua persona il Maestro si fa presente: tu innalzi i suoi tratti». Tratto da sant’Efrem, è questo il programma episcopale di Manuel Nin, esarca apostolico per i cattolici greci di rito bizantino. Finora rettore del Pontificio collegio greco a Roma, Nin ha ricevuto questa mattina l’ordinazione episcopale nella basilica papale di San Paolo fuori le mura, nel corso di una divina liturgia concelebrata — insieme agli ordinandi Dimitrios Salachas, predecessore nell’esarcato apostolico, Sevastianos Rossolatos, arcivescovo di Atene, Donato Oliverio, […]

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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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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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