Corpus Domini 2021

In 1264, Pope Urban IV instituted the feast of Corpus Christi, a special feast day to recognize and to promote the great gift of the Blessed Sacrament. A year earlier the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena (north of Rome) had happened and confirmed. He commissioned St. Thomas Aquinas to compose a Mass and an office for the Liturgy of the Hours honoring the holy Eucharist. St. Thomas Aquinas also composed the beautiful Eucharistic hymns “Panis Angelicus,” “Pange Lingua,” “O Salutaris Hostia” and “Tantum Ergo.” Around the world, brothers and sisters of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem are called every year to partake in the commemoration and celebration of this most generous miracle.

Today, members from our Lieutenancy took part in the commemoration and celebration of this most generous miracle. The mass was held at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mdina and was presided by our Grand Prior and Archbishop of Malta, H.G. Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna.

Their Excellencies Roberto Buontempo and Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, EOHSJ Lieutenant for Malta and SMOM (Malta) President respectively, led their members during the celebration.

Photo credit to Chev. Ian Noel Pace

AGM 2021

The AGM was held on the 16th May 2021 and was presided by the Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo with the participation of the Council. A very good number of Members and Postulants followed the proceedings virtually. Special recorded messages by HG the Archbishop of Malta and Grand Prior Mons Charles Jude Scicluna, the Bishop of Sohag in Egypt Mons Thomas Habib, the Nuncio to Malta and Libya Mons Alessandro D’Errico and a concluding address by the Governor General Leonardo Visconti di Modrone, were shown.The AGM was held in the magnificent refectory at the Archbishop’s Curia in Floriana.

Feast of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii

On the 8th May 2021 we commemorated the feast of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii. Locally the devotion started in the Jesuits Church in Valletta soon after that in Pompeii.

Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta and Grand Prior of our Lieutenancy prayed the traditional supplika in front of the image of Our Lady of Pompeii. His Grace was assisted by Rev. Dr Nicholas Doublet, Rector of the Jesuits Church and an ecclesiastical member of our Order.

On this day we also remember the Blessed Bartolo Longo; founder of the Marian shrine in Pompeii and the only beatified lay member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre to date.

The Feast of the Holy Cross

On the 5th May 2021 the Maltese Lieutenancy led by Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo were invited to a Solemn mass on the occasion of the feast of the Holy Cross at the Collegiate Basilica of Birkirkara.

The mass was celebrated by Mons. Paul Carmel Vella, Provost Archpriest of Birkirkara and an ecclesiastical member of our Order.

Photos by Mr Ronald Falzon and Mr Ivan Saliba.

Special mass celebrated on occasion of the Lenten period

On Wednesday 10th March 2021 our Lieutenancy was invited to a special mass celebrated on occasion of the Lenten period in the presence of the miraculous effigy of Christ the Redeemer. Mass was celebrated by the Archpriest of Senglea’s Basilica and postulant Can Rev. Robin Camilleri in the presence of the Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, council and other members and postulants of the Lieutenancy. We have joined in prayer to the Lord through the intercession of Our Lady for help to face the current COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences.Mass was splendidly animated by renowned harpist and postulants Lydia Buttigieg and leading Soprano Rosabelle Bianchi.

This was the last Mass service allowed to the congregation before more restrictions were unveiled. All safety precautions and guidelines were followed.

Senglea Basilica Centenary 1921-2021

The 3rd of January 2021 marked the first centenary since the Senglea parish church was elevated to a Basilica and also the coronation of the titular statue known as Maria Bambina, during the same year of 1921. A Pontifical Mass was celebrated by the Grand Prior H.G. Mons Charles Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta in the presence of the President of the Republic, H.E. Dr George Vella. The council of the Maltese Lieutenancy was invited to take part in appreciation for the help extended to a number of families from Senglea during the pandemic lock down last year, thus marking this occasion as the Lieutenancy’s first activity for 2021.

At the end of the Pontifical, Roberto Buontempo, the Lieutenant, donated to the Collegiate Chapter an album with original photos dating from 1921, passed on to him by his grandfather the late artist painter Prof Giuseppe Briffa, who was the artist that painted the Dome of the same Basilica (destroyed during a 1941 blitz). Furthermore, during his speech, the Lieutenant informed the congregation that the next Vigil of Investiture earmarked to take place in November 2021, will be held for the first time at the Senglea Basilica.

Special Christmas Mass Celebration – H.E. Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, President MASMOM, Honoured by EOHSJ.

His Grace the Grand Prior Presenting the Award to H.E. de Petri Testaferrata.

On Friday 18th December, the Maltese Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem organised a Special Christmas Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Mdina, celebrated by His Grace Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta and Grand Prior of our Lieutenancy in the presence of H.E. Roberto Buontempo, our Lieutenant.

The event was well attended by numerous members of the Council, members of the Order, postulants and family members.

Special guests of the evening were H.E. the Noble Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, President of the Maltese Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and his wife Ms. Enyd de Petri Testaferrata Pisani.

H.E. Roberto Buontempo

Following the Holy Mass, His Grace the Grand Prior presented H.E. de Petri Testaferrata the Gold Cross of Merit, a most prestigious and well deserved award for his invaluable contribution towards the development of a respectful and synergistic relationship between our two Orders.

His Grace Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna flanked by H.E. de Petri Testaferrrata and Mrs. de Petri Testaferrata Pisani to his left and H.E. Roberto Buontempo on the right.

All necessary safety protocols were observed by all throughout the event.

H.E. The Lieutenant Honoured by SMOM

A significant and honourable gesture of the growing close relationship between the two historic Orders within the Catholic Church happened on Saturday 12th December 2020 in Malta.

His Excellency the Noble Daniel de Petri Testaferrata (President MASMOM) presented the prestigious Cross of Commander of the Order pro Merito Melitensi to His Excellency Roberto Buontempo (Lieutenant EOHSJ Malta), in the presence of His Grace Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna and a distinct congregation.

Accompanying the Lieutenant were the Chancellor and Secretary of the Maltese Lieutenancy, Comm. Dr Ruben Depasquale and Chev. Christopher Busuttil Delbridge respectively.

Thanksgiving Mass – His Eminence Mgr. Mario Grech

Wednesday 9th December 2020

In a joint participation, the two recognised chivalric orders, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ), and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), were present at the thanksgiving mass of His Eminence Cardinal Mgr. Mario Grech, only the third Maltese Cardinal ever.

Joining His Excellency Roberto Buontempo, Lieutenant for Malta was another Knight and two Dames from the Order, one being the only Gozitan Dame, in honour of the birthplace of His Eminence.

The Grand Prior of our Order, Archbishop H.E. Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna, and Knight Grand Officer Auxiliary Bishop H.E. Mgr. Joseph Gale Curmi, were among the concelebrants.

Other members of the Order were the Administrative Secretary of the Curia in Malta as well as the official photographer of His Grace the Archbishop, among others.

The strong Christian message of His Eminence during his interventions struck a chord with all present. A very unique painting of an expectant Mary Mother of God was presented by Archbishop Scicluna to His Eminence Cardinal Grech at the end of the ceremony bringing to a close an impeccably organised thanksgiving mass.

May His Eminence always keep Malta and Gozo in his prayers as we surely will keep him.