Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The Apostolic Administrator of Gozo, Bishop Mario Grech, has encouraged priests to visit families and celebrate Mass with them, as they continue to observe the rules and regulations imposed by the health authorities as part of the coronavirus measures. He stressed that they should not have any contact with individuals deemed vulnerable.
In the early Church, one would find a baptismal font and a Eucharist table in the House Church, Mgr Grech explained during his homily delivered on the feast of St Paul which is celebrated by the Munxar Parish Church.
One received their first religious teachings not from religious classes, but from one’s parents and grandparents, Bishop Grech reminded, as he highlighted that one receives lessons in faith at home before meeting their religious teacher.
When Jesus ascended to heaven, the Apostles continued His work on earth. Bishop Grech noted that the early Christians did not build Churches or Cathedrals.
Bishop Grech reflected on St Paul, noting that the apostle helps us rediscover the beauty in House Church. He noted that since the coronavirus outbreak in Malta and after restrictive measures were placed into force, the Church adapted to the new realities. Mgr Grech said that instead of congregating at churches, one discovered the House Church. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mass is being televised every day.
The Apostolic Administrator of Gozo prayed to St Paul and prayed for the faithful to live the teachings of the Church with their families inside their homes.
The parish of Munxar streamed the liturgical celebrations of the feast of St Paul allowing parishers to celebrate the feast in a coronavirus scenario from the comfort of their home.
Churches remain close for liturgical services until further notice. However, the health authorities have allowed funeral masses to take place. These are being limited to an open-air celebration inside cemeteries or on the church parvis if this is big enough.
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