Good Friday in Zebbug
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
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.