Holy Week

The Maltese way to celebrate Christianity

good friday procession maltaThe holy week is celebrated throughout all Malta and Gozo with many processions and other activities.  Exhibitions are held inside churches but also several hallways and private houses.  Several villages hold processions with a number of statues depicting the episodes from the Passion of Christ.  Many devotees take part of these processions wearing costumes and carrying the cross with other hooded men all walking in row.  The three main statues are those of Christ wearing the crowns of thorns, Christ carrying the cross and Veronica holding the cloth with the face of Jesus imprinted on it.  Good Friday processions are held in many villages and towns.  Most notable are the ones held in Rabat and Mosta in Malta while on Gozo, the most popular is in Victoria.  It is also worth visiting one of the many last supper tables displays held in several localities such as that held at the Dominic’s parish church in Valletta.  The food used in these displays is then distributed amongst those families most in need. 

 

Processions are also held in Easter with the statue of the Risen Christ.  In some villages, like Bormla, you will see the bearers run with the statue to indicate the victory of Christ over Death.  In Gozo Easter is especially celebrated in the Ta’ Pinu Basilica where they do a special Via Crucis on the Ta’ Ghammar hill situated opposite the basilica.  Do not miss a taste of the typical sweet delicacy known as ‘Figolli’ which one can find in all confectioneries around the islands. 

Good Friday will be celebrated on the 18th April while Easter Day the 20th April 2014.

Masses in English in Malta

  • Qawra Parish Church (Dedicated to St Francis of Assisi) – English service on Sundays
  • St. Barbara Church in Republic Street Valletta – English service at Noon
  • St.Patrick’s Church in Sliema  - Enflish servi ce at  8.00am, 9.00am, 10.15am, 6.00pm, 7.30pm
  • The Seminary in Victoria Gozo – English service at 9.30am
  • Shrine of Our Lady Parish Church in Mellieha – English service at 10.00am

Check out the complete Mass Schedule in English.