Final preparations underway for Prospero Grech’s Malta funeral on Thursday

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The final preparations for Cardinal Prospero Grech’s funeral in Malta are currently underway.

In a joint statement, the Augustinian Province and the Archdiocese of Malta said that Cardinal Prospero Grech’s remains will arrive in Malta this Wednesday. At 4.30pm the funeral procession will arrive in Birgu where Grech was born and baptised. There will be a moment of prayer in the Church of St. Lawrence.

The funeral procession will then make its way to the Augustinian convent of St. Mark in Rabat at 6pm. The convent will not be open to the public at that time.

On the 9th of January the remains will be placed in the chapel of the convent. Members of the public may pay their respects between 9am and noon.

At noon, churches around Malta and Gozo will sound their bells in a funeral toll.

Grech’s coffin will be taken to St. Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina at 1.40pm. Mass for the repose of the soul of the Cardinal will start at 2pm and will be celebrated by Archbishop Charles Scicluna. It will also be concelebrated by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Allessandro D’Errico, Apostolic Administrator for Gozo Bishop Mario Grech, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, and Bishop Emeritus of Garissa in Kenya Pawlu Darmanin.

The Augustinian Order will be represented by Vicar General Friar Joseph Farrell, along with Assistant General Friar Edward Daleng. The Maltese Augustinian Province will be represented by Augustinian Provincial Leslie Gatt and a number of other members of the Augustinian clergy.

Friar Alexander Longs will be representing the community of Santa Monika in Rome where the Cardinal lived for over 60 years.

The congregation will be led by the President of Malta George Vella.

A private burial will take place after mass.

The Maltese Augustinian Province expressed its wishes that instead of sending flowers, people should make charitable donations to the Dar tal-Providenza in Siġġiewi or to the Secretariat for Augustinian Missions.