Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna invites Christians to participate in the Holy Week functions during which the Catholic Church commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. All are invited to these functions which he shall lead at St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta. These celebrations shall be transmitted live on TVM, TVMNews+, Radio 103, Knisja.mt and Newsbook.com.mt.
Next Sunday, 2nd April, at 9:30am, Archbishop Scicluna will lead the Palm Sunday celebration, which includes the blessing of olive branches and palm fronds, followed by the commemoration of the Lord’s Passion through the reading of the account of the passion from the Gospel of St Matthew.
On Thursday, 6th April, Maundy Thursday, at 9:00 a.m. Archbishop Scicluna will celebrate the Prayer during the Day. This will not be transmitted. At 9:30 a.m., will celebrate the Chrism Mass. Diocesan priests and religious will concelebrate this Mass with the Archbishop and renew their ordination vows. In the evening, at 6:00pm, the solemn commemoration of the Lord’s Supper will be held and the Archbishop will follow Jesus’ example and wash the feet of a number of representatives of the faithful. At the end of the Mass, the Archbishop will place the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel of Repose for adoration by Christians.
At 9:30am on Friday, 7th April, Good Friday, Archbishop Scicluna will lead the Liturgy of the Hours and Morning Praise from the Chapel of the Madonna of Manresa within the Archbishop’s Curia, Floriana. At 3:30pm, he will then lead the Liturgy of the Passion and Death of our Lord. This Liturgy includes the account of the Passion according to St John, the Adoration of the Cross and Holy Communion. This will be transmitted on Radio 103, Knisja.mt and Newsbook.com.mt.
On Saturday, 8th April, Easter Saturday, at 9:30am, the Archbishop will lead the Liturgy of the Hours and Morning Praise from the Chapel of the Madonna of Manresa within the Archbishop’s Curia, Floriana. At 8:00pm, he will lead the Liturgy of the Easter Vigil. The celebration will begin on the parvis of St John’s Co-Cathedral with the blessing of new fire, followed by the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of Baptism, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. During this celebration, the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion) will be administered to adults. This will be broadcast on TVMNews+ (instead of TVM).
At 9:30am on Sunday, 9th April, Easter Sunday, Archbishop Scicluna will celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord.