Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The Bishops of Malta and Gozo have issued a number of new directives in the context of the coronavirus outbreak in Malta. The new directives issued by Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Apostolic Administrator for Gozo Mario Grech and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, will affect Good Friday, Easter, Holy Communion, Confirmation and feasts.
At present, all religious functions in the Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo have been suspended. Moreover, in consultation with the Health Authorities, the Bishops have issued a number of other directives aimed at restraining the spread of the coronavirus.
Good Friday, Easter
- This year there will be no public gatherings on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and during Holy Week which includes Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday
- Archpriests, priests and chaplains will receive detailed directives concerning the celebration of Holy Week
- There will be no processions on Good Friday. If the situation improves, the procession of Our Lady of Sorrows will be held on 15 September
Holy Communion and Confirmation
Those individuals who were going to receive the sacraments of their First Holy Communion and Confirmation before Summer 2020, will now receive them at a later date, once these celebrations can be held again.
Parish feasts planned until the end of 2020 can only be held after the health authorities authorise public gatherings. The bishops said that in any case, feasts will be have to be held in the following format:
- The feast will be held either on Sunday or on the day in case of a public holiday. The feast will consist of a procession accompanied by prayers to the saint being celebrated on the day
- A Mass on the occasion of the feast is celebrated
- No internal or external activities will be held