The investiture weekend came to a close on the 6th November 2022 with a visit to Rabat, Malta, attended by the Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo, Council members, foreign dignitaries and guests and the newly invested Knights and Dames.
A thanksgiving mass was celebrated by Rev. Can. Joe Mizzi, Archpriest, at St Publius church. After which the group visited St Paul’s Grotto and the Lieutenancy’s Ecclesiastical Seat, ta’ Doni Church. Finally a reception was held at the Wignacourt Museum with the kind support of Mr Neville Agius.
A marble plaque with an inscription of a prayer by Pope Francis, kindly donated by our Lieutenancy to mark the Pope’s visit to St Paul’s Grotto on the 3rd April 2022, was unveiled and blessed.
The Vigil of Prayer and Investiture Ceremonies of the Maltese Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem were held on the 4th & 5th November 2022 at the Collegiate Basilica of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary in Senglea and St Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina, respectively, in the presence of the Maltese Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo. The Vigil was presided by Mgr. Joseph Galea-Curmi, Auxiliary Bishop of Malta while the investiture was presided by the Maltese Lieutenancy’s Grand Prior Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta. Eleven new Knights and Dames were invested into the Order.
The Lieutenancy was honoured by the presence of Their Excellencies Dott. Saverio Petrillo -Treasurer of the Order, Prof Not Ferdinando Parente – Lieutenant Italia Meridionale Adriatica, Dott Marco Cantori – Lieutenant for Italia Sardegna, Comm. Angelo Domenico Dell’Oro – Lieutenant for l’Italia Settentrionale, Ing Giuseppe Michele Marrani – Lieutenant for l’Italia Centrale Appenninica and Dame Grand Officer Mairead Walls representing the Lieutenant of Ireland.
The Investiture Ceremony was also attended by Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, President of the Maltese Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
A Maltese delegation composed of the Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, his spouse, the treasurer Comm. Ray Mercieca and spouse Dame Tania Mercieca, participated during the investiture ceremonies held in Milan inside the church complex of Santa Maria della Pace, upon the invitation of H.E. Comm Angelo Domenico Dell’Oro, Lieutenant of Italia Settentrionale.
The investiture was presided by the Grand Prior of the Lieutenancy H.E. Mons Maurizio Malvestiti, Bishop of Lodi.
On the 7th and 8th October the Chancellor, Knight Grand Officer Ray M Cassar and the Secretary of the Lieutenancy Knight Commander Christopher Busuttil Delbridge represented the Lieutenant, Knight Grand Cross H.E Roberto Buontempo at an investiture ceremony inside the Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba on the invitation of the Lieutenant of Western Spain H.E. Knight Grand Cross Jose Carlos Sanjuan y Monforte, in the presence of H.E. the Governor General Leonardo Visconti di Modrone.
Members of our order led by Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, participated in a procession with the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary followed by Mass celebrated by the Archpriest Chev. Can. Fr. Robin Camilleri at the Basilica of Senglea. The homily was dedicated to the devotion of the Rosary and Blessed Bartolo Longo.
Our members were invited by the Arch-confraternity of the Blessed Crucifix to take part in a Mass at Ta’ Giezu Church in Valletta, followed by a procession. The Mass was celebrated by the Guardian Fr Ramon Farrugia OFM.
Joseph M. Meli (1957 – ) Photographic Library Jo Meli and Silvio Pace
Members of the Maltese Lieutenancy, led by the Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo, participated together with members from SMOM Malta Association, during a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The celebration took place at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta and was held on the initiative of our Grand Prior and Archbishop of Malta Mons Charles J Scicluna.
The Chapter of the Collegiate Basilica of St Helen invited our Order to participate in the Solemn Translation with the relic of Saint Helen followed by Vespers as part of the celebration of the Feast dedicated to Saint Helen.