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Ħal Lija

  • Ħal Lija became a parish on the 6 February 1594 and a hundred years later the present church was built; it was dedicated by Bishop Labini on the 25th July 1782.

    Parish population: 3,150

    Families: 1,150

  • Parish Church of the Transfiguration

    Dedication date 25 July 1782

  • Parish Priest

    Rev Joseph Cilia

  • Parish Office

    47 Transfiguration Square

    Ħal Lija LJA 1050

  • Office Hours

    Monday: 9.00am – 10.00 am, 4.30pm – 5.30pm

    Friday: 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm

    Saturday: 8.30am – 10.00am

  • Telephone


  • Parish clergy

      • Rev Joseph Cilia, Parish Priest
      • Mgr Moses Borg
      • Mgr Joseph Fenech
  • Priests residing in the parish

    Rev Gorg Mangion

    Mgr Alfred Xuereb

    Parish Pastoral Council

    President: Rev Joseph Cilia, Parish Priest

    Moderatur: Mr Sunny Portelli

    Parish Economic Council

    President: Rev Joseph Cilia, Parish Priest

    Segretarju: Mons  Ġuzepp Fenech

    Membri: Mrs Helen Cini

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and Feast Days: 7.00, 8.00, 9.30, 11.00 am; 05.30 pm

    Saturday Evenings: 6.30 pm

    Weekdays: 7.00, 8.30 am and 6.30 pm

  • Church of the Blessed Virgin “Tal-Mirakli”

    The church, which is within the limits of the parish of Lija, is not far away from the road which from Attard leads to Mosta, and is a very well-known sanctuary. The present church was built in 1664 and dedicated in 1787. Tradition holds that the image of the Virgin venerated in the church shed a tear when a severe earthquake hit the island. Marriages may be celebrated in the church.

    Dedication date 23 December 1787

  • Priest in charge

    Mgr. Alex Cordina

  • Address

    Kappella Madonna tal-Mirakli,

    Triq Annibale Preca, Lija LJA 1911

    Telephone: 21437282

    For Bookings: 21442553

  • Holy Masses

    Sundays and feast days: 8.15, 9.30 am

    From Monday to Saturday: 5.30 pm

  • The Old Church of the Transfiguration

    The church was the parish church of Lija before the present church was built. Today it is used for religious exhibitions and meetings.

  • St. Andrew’s Church

    This was the first church to be built in Lija; it was rebuilt in 1624 and today it is used as a centre for youths.

  • St. Mary’s Church

    The chapel was built in 1569 and rebuilt a century later; it is open from Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 8.00pm, for a perpetual adoration.

  • Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary

    The church was built in 1600; today it is kept closed.

  • Church dedicated to St. Peter

    The church was built towards the beginning of the 16th Century. The Archbishop handed it over to the Dominican Sisters where they opened their first home in Malta.

  • Holy Mass

    Daily: 6.30 am.

  • Church of the Immaculate Conception

    The church was built in 1647 and is part of an ecclesiastical benefice.

  • Adoration Chapels

    St. Mary’s Chapel


    St Andrew’s Street, Lija

    Opening hours

    Mondays – Friday: 8.00 am – 8.00 pm