Monday, 10 August 2009

St Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr

The day started very early with witnessing sunrise on St Lawrence’s day. Sunrise brings home to us the truth of the Second Coming of Our Lors. It is a moment of wonder and hope. It is that hope in the Risen Lord that enabled St Lawrence to witness to Christ during such a horrible persecution. The photos below do no justice to the real beauty of sunrise but hope that they can give you at least a glimpse and a share in such a wonderful moment.
After celebrating Mass (offered for the parish of St John’s Sevenoaks) at the Pro-Cathedral in Valletta we walked to view the entrance to the Grand Harbour and the World War II memorial bell – the largest bell on the Island.
In the afternoon two very welcome visitors came to our garden and as you can see from the pictures they provided quite a lot of entertainment.
The day ended with a trip to the maritime and ancient city of Vittoriosa to visit the Parish Church of St Lawrence and see the procession while also enjoying supper overlooking the Grand Harbour.
Fort St Angelo
World War II Memorial
Two welcome visitors braving the afternoon heat
The decorated streets of Vittoriosa for the procession of St Lawrence
The Collegiate Church of St Lawrence The credence table
Supper overlooking the Grand Harbour
The West end of the Church just meters away from the Grand Harbour
The main Square of Vittoriosa
The procession
The Capitular Mace bearer
The Relic of the saint
Exhausted pilgrims (wishful thinking)

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