The Malta Independent 15 April 2024, Monday
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Archbishop to baptise 14 adults from 7 countries during Easter Vigil ceremony

Saturday, 30 March 2024, 10:18 Last update: about 15 days ago

This evening, during the Solemn Vigil of the Resurrection of our Lord at St John’s Co‑Cathedral, Archbishop Charles Scicluna will administer the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion) to 14 catechumens, who, as adults, have chosen the Christian path, the Curia said Saturday.

These 14 adults, who will tonight become new members of the Catholic Church through these sacraments, hail from Albania, China, Colombia, India, Malta, Mauritius, and the United Kingdom. These have completed the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIAprogramme.

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Throughout Lent, the catechumens met Archbishop Scicluna in preparation for this significant moment in their lives. Among them is Manisha, born in Mauritius and raised in a Hindu family. From a young age, she has faced various spiritual crises and felt a deep yearning for something more. However, everything changed eight years ago when Manisha moved to Malta and was surrounded by numerous churches and chapels. Intrigued by her surroundings, she entered them, and day by day, she began to experience a powerful presence while spending peaceful moments praying in the churches.

Her calling to convert to Catholicism became much stronger when she learned about the shipwreck of St Paul in Malta. Delving into the depths of the Bible, she discovered themes of repentance, forgiveness, salvation, and the sacrificial journey of Jesus to save humanity. It was then that she realised that praying to multiple gods and idols was not the spiritual path she wished to continue following. In Malta, Manisha found a supportive friend who encouraged her to become a Catholic, and tonight she will serve as her godmother.

The Easter Vigil celebration led by Archbishop Scicluna starts at 8pm and includes: the blessing of the fire, which will take place on the parvis of St John’s Co‑Cathedral, followed by the proclamation of Easter; the reading of passages from the Holy Scriptures and the singing of Glory and Alleluia, leading to the the proclamation of the Gospel; the blessing of water, where the paschal candle lit from the blessed fire on the parvis is dipped into the water; and the Eucharistic liturgy.

The catechumens will be baptised with blessed water and confirmed using chrism oil consecrated on Maundy Thursday morning. During the same Vigil, they will also receive Holy Communion. These sacraments are the cornerstone of the Catholic faith, laying the foundation for the spiritual journey of its members and preparing them for the reception of other sacraments.

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