“We ask St Joseph to protect us at this time” – Archbishop Scicluna

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna prayed to St Joseph to protect these islands at this time of great need. Maltese celebrate the feast of St Joseph on 19 March however due to the coronavirus outbreak the external festivities were cancelled after mass gatherings were banned.

In his homily, Archbishop Charles Scicluna asked for St Joseph’s protection. Mass was celebrated at the St Mary of Jesus Church in Rabat. He explained that for this year’s feast Holy Communion was being celebrated under special circumstances. All mass celebrations have been cancelled as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of coronavirus. Instead the public is invited to follow mass which is being streamed live.

Speaking about St Joseph, Archbishop Scicluna reminded that the Church will mark the 150th anniversary since St Joseph was declared the patron saint of the Universal Church by Pope Pius XI.

He explained that St Joseph was chosen by God to protect the divine teacher and teach Him.

Archbishop Scicluna referred to Thursday’s gospel reading from the gospel of St Matthew. He pointed out that St Joseph’s mission was not only to protect the son, but also to protect the mother. St Joseph protect Mary’s honor, at a time when the Jewish law allowed him to stone her killing her and the son of God.

Archbishop Scicluna explained that St Joseph understood his mission and role to protect the Son and the mother.

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