Nativity of Mary Basilica – Senglea. Friday, 5th November 2021
Cardinal Fernando Filoni Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem , accompanied by the Governor General Visconti di Modrone and welcomed by Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo attended the Vigil of Arms at the Basilica of the Nativity of Mary at Senglea.
The Vigil ceremony was officiated by Mons. Joseph Galea Curmi, Auxiliary Bishop and saw the participation of seventeen postulants, the promotion of one Dame and four Knights and the awarding of other distinctions to three other Knights. At the end of the ceremony Cardinal Filoni uncovered a commemorative plaque of his visit in the Oratory of the Holy Crucifix of the Senglea Basilica.
On this occasion the following promotions were conferred:
On the 4th November 2021, our Grand Prior His Grace Mgr Charles J. Scicluna blessed a marble plaque in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in Malta, 1996-2021.
The event took place in the presence of our Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo and members of the Council.
Roberto Buontempo, Lieutenant of the Maltese Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, accompanied by H.E. Marco Cantori, Lieutenant of Italy – Sardinia, were the honoured guests of The Maltese Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (MASMOM) for the historical investiture of Fra. Francis Vassallo held at St.John’s Co-Cathedral held on the 4th November 2021.
Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo was invited to inaugurate artist Antonio Mifsud’s exhibition ‘God’s Book of Verses’ at the Soċjeta’ Filarmonika Nicolò Isouard in Mosta. The exhibition was held between the 22nd October and 31st October 2021 and featured a wide range of contemporary sacred works of art in a variety of media.
The Blessed Bartolo Longo (February 10, 1841 – October 5, 1926) is the only lay member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre who has been beatified to date. Sharing further below an interesting article on his life written by one of our members, Emmanuel Cutajar, and published in Il-Mument today, October 10th, 2021.
Our Lieutenant Roberto Buontempo was received yesterday by the Cardinal Grand Master Ferdinando Filoni and the Governor General Ambassador Leonardo Visconti di Modrone at Palazzo della Rovere in Rome, where discussions on the upcoming investiture and other Lieutenancy’s work were discussed.
Earlier today the Lieutenant paid a courtesy visit to our Grand Master Emeritus Cardinal Edwin O’Brien.
On Saturday 26 June the Lieutenant for Malta Roberto Buontempo, accompanied by the Secretary Chris Busuttil Delbridge, participated in a service organised by the Romanian Orthodox Community in Malta and presided by Bishop Athanasie from the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Italy. This was held at the Church of St Rocco, Valletta.
On the occasion of the feast of St John the Baptist our Order participated in a Pontifical Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. The function was presided by our Grand Prior, His Grace Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta.
Their Excellencies Roberto Buontempo and Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, EOHSJ Lieutenant for Malta and SMOM (Malta) President respectively, led their members during the celebration. Members of the Maltese delegation of the Venerable Order of St John were also present.
Our Lieutenancy was invited to participate in the celebrations for the titular feast of the Heart of Jesus in Fontana, Gozo. On Saturday 19th June members attended the celebration for the Translation of the Relic of the Holy Cross and the First Solemn Vespers. Our members also attended the solemn Pontifical led by His Excellency Monsignor Bishop Anton Teuma, on Sunday 20 June 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.