The Grand Priory of the Maltese Islands celebrated the feast of St Paul's Shipwreck. The Grand Priory organised a Holy mass at the Sanctuary of St. Paul Shipwreck at St. Pauls Bay. According to tradition, the site of the sanctuary is located where a bonfire was lit to keep the stranded survivors warm after the wreck, and where St Paul was consequently bitten, and remained unaffected, by a venomous snake. The mass was celebrated by Senior Chaplain Father Thomas Moore and a good number of members from the Grand Priory had participated. The account of Paul’s shipwreck and three-month, wintertime stay on Malta is found in the Bible’s Acts 27:27 through 28:11, giving a very detailed account of the story which makes Malta as one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.

The event also incorporated a visit before the mass, to the elderly home at San Pawl Il-Bahar and a brief talk by the Grand Prior Chev. Prof. Charles Savona-Ventura about traditional aspects within the Pauline cult followed this event. After the mass lunch at a local restaurant was held, as social gathering between members and also for fund raising purposes in aid for GuateMalta Foundation. The aim of this foundation is basically to develop and implement sustainable projects assisting the needs of the communities within a particular parish in Guatemala that is in the pastoral care of Fr Anton Grech who is a Maltese priest.

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