The Malta Independent 21 July 2018, Saturday

Anglican Community give up church for Midnight Mass in kind gesture to neighbouring Carmelites

Sunday, 10 December 2017, 08:00 Last update: about 8 months ago

This Christmas, the Carmelite Community of Valletta will be able to proceed with its midnight service as hoped for, thanks to a kind gesture by the neighbouring Anglican Community.

At the moment, work is being carried out at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta and the church cannot be used for liturgical services, Father Alex Scerri from the Carmelite Basilica told The Malta Independent on Sunday.

The community is currently holding their services at the Church of Our Lady of Pilar in Valletta, but it is too small to hold the congregation expected to attend the midnight service on Christmas Eve.

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"Since the Church of Our Lady of Pilar is small, we decided to ask Father Simon Godfrey (Chancellor of St Paul's Anglican Pro Cathedral) whether it would be possible to use the Pro Cathedral for the midnight function," he said.

"As they are a small congregation, Father Godfrey kindly offered to move their service to the Anglican Church in Sliema so that our community can use the Pro Cathedral," he added.

The two churches are located opposite each other in the capital city.  

The Carmelite community's Christmas celebrations begin at 11.30pm with Christmas carols. 


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