On the personal invitation of the Patriarchal Exarch of Malta, Metropolitan Kyrillos of Krini, members of the Council representing our Lieutenant and Order, participated during special vespers held at St. Nicholas Church, Valletta.
The ceremony was presided by His All-Holiness the Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in the presence of His Grace Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna and other distinguished guests.
This was a historical moment for this was the first ever visit of the Head of all the Orthodox Church to Malta, marking 40 years from the establishment of the patriarchate.
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.
Members of our Order led by the Lieutenant, Roberto Buontempo, participated in a Pontificial Mass commemorating our Lady of Victories at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. The function was presided by His Grace Archbishop and Grand Prior Charles J Scicluna.
Members of the Order of Malta were also in attendance.
Today would have marked the beginning of our Investiture Weekend 2020, a much cherished and longed for event in the lives of all members of the Order and especially so in the lives of the postulants who would have been joining the Maltese Lieutenancy this year. Unfortunately the Lord had other plans for us and our ceremony had to be rescheduled.