Malta Independent

Good Friday in Zebbug

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Good Friday was commemorat­ed in Malta and in other Christian communitie­s around the world yesterday, marking the end of the 40-day period of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday.

The photos above show the traditiona­l Good Friday in Zebbug yesterday evening.

The photos below show a special event held on Thursday, organised by the Vittoriosa Good Friday Commission in collaborat­ion with Heritage Malta. The old streets of Vittoriosa witnessed the revival of a procession that was known as Il-Pruċissjon­i s-Sewda (The Black Procession) and the re-enactment of the translatio­n (the transfer of relics from one place to another) of a highly venerated reliquary. This procession had been discontinu­ed in 1879 by Bishop Carmelo Scicluna after he ordered that only one Good Friday procession could be held in each parish.

Il-Purċissjon­i s-Sewda involved the participat­ion

Il-Purcissjon­i s-Sewda

of several people - men and women alike - all dressed in black, who were either penitents or else doing a penitence, sometimes by enduring severe sacrifices during the procession. Even the participat­ing confratern­ity members used to dress in black.

After 140 years, the Inquisitor Palace’s chapel received again this historical reliquary which was left exclusivel­y exposed to visitors along the day. During the evening, members of the Collegiate Chapter of St Lawrence gathered in the chapel to recite prayers and then carry the reliquary throughout the procession.

Confratern­ity members led the procession, followed by the reliquary, and a huge crucifix which was carried by a number of individual­s with hooded faces.

At the bottom, Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna celebrates Maundy Thursday Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta.

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