anniversary of the explosion at L-Imgarraf
Inauguration of La Vallette's hat after
Grand Banquet at Fort St. Angelo
25th anniversary of the ordination of Rev.
50th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Guzi
Donation of St. Lawrence antiphon
Inauguration of statue of St. Lawrence at St.
Lawrence Band Club
Completion of restoration
works on St. Lawrence monument
of marble tablet
ANNIVERSARY OF THE EXPLOSION AT L-IMGARRAF
On 18 July 1806
the city of Vittoriosa and the surrounding harbour area was rocked to
foundation by a terrible explosion. A
gunpowder magazine located at the southern end of Vittoriosa Wharf where the Royal Navy
had just established it HQ
accidentally blew up killing some 150 people and leaving a huge mould
debis. The area came to be known as
l-Imgarraf (the destroyed site). Most of the victims were buried in St
Cemetery where the Vittoriosa Historical & Cultural Society has
marble tablet to recall their memory on the 200th
anniversary. It was unveiled by the
Can. Paul Raggio who also said Mass in the adjoining chapel. Historian Mr Anton Attard chronicled the
horrors of the event. Vittoriosa Mayor
Mr John Boxall was in attendance; he placed a flower wreath at the foot
tablet. The ceremony was brought to a
conclusion with the playing of the Last Post by a contingent of Scouts. The event was also the subject of a
researched article by Mr Denis Darminin, Committee Member of the
published in the Sunday Times of Malta.
OF LA VALLETTE’S HAT AFTER
The most outstanding personality
during the Great Siege of 1565 was undoubtedly Grand Master La Vallette
the stategy and observed the field of battle with the Ottomans from
Birgu. In the thick of the fighting he
joined the front-line at the Post of Castille.
Throughout the siege La Vallette spent moments of recollection
prayer in the Chapel of Our Lady of Damascus of the Greek Community at
Birgu. After the Victory, as a sign of
thanksgiving and by way of ex-voto, he donated his Ceremonial Hat and
Sword to the Chapel where they remained to this day.
The Hat which has suffered considerable
deterioration through exposure has now been expertly conserved at the
Department of Heritage Malta Bighi Centre for Conservation. The project was financed by the Cottonera
Rehabilitaion Committee whose Chairman, Dr Raymond Bondin, presided
inauguration of the restored Hat at the Vittoriosa Museum at St. Joseph Oratory. In his speech he stated that carbon tests
carried out at the University of Lecce on a sample from the
Hat’s cloth confirmed the
authenticity of the Hat’s dating to the mid-16th century. Among the distinguished guests was Can.
Caruana, Archpriest of Vittoriosa and the volunteers who serve as
attendants, all members of the Vittoriosa Historical & Cultural
which organized the event. The occasion
closed with a Reception at the Society’s premises in Vittoriosa Square, coordinated by Mt John
BANQUET AT FORT ST ANGELO
starry summer night in July the courtyard of the
Magisterial Palace at Fort St Angelo was transformed into a magnificent
for a Grand Banquet hosted by the Resident Knight and Governor of Fort
Angelo, Fra John Critien. The occasion
was a fund-raising initiative by the ad hoc committee for the
the 1,750 anniversary of the Martyrdom of St Lawrence due to be
2008. There were some 200 participants
and the guest of honour was HE the Grand Master od the Sovreign
of Malta, Sir Andrew Bertie, who happened to be in Malta.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORDINATION OF REV. JOHN AVELLINO
Rev John Avellino celebrated the silver jubilee of his
ordination by a special Mass at St Lawrence Collegiate Church. He was ordained priest together with 15 others
at St John Co Cathedral on 11 July 1981. Fr
John leads a youth association at Vittoriosa, which thanks to his
encouragement, are always busy with some original activity. But perhaps the most important of these is
the annual musical held in the open-air at Fort St Angelo.
Fr John would attribute the success of these
events to the youths themselves who take care of every aspect of the
organization. However, it is Fr John who inspires and motivates them. Fr John is also an active member of the St
Lawrence External Festivities Committee.
He is also a media reporter and commentator, mainly for the
radio station, RTK. During the second
visit of Pope John Paul II to Malta, Fr John
Avellino was special media envoy
accompanying the Pope’s entourage in his pilgrimage tracing St Paul’s apostolic
OF THE ORDINATION OF FR GUZI MIFSUD OSA
Fr Guzi Mifsud OSA has celebrated the 50th
anniversary of his ordination by saying Mass at St Lawrence Collegiate
during the one Novena Days in preparation for the Feast of St Lawrence. He is a respected Member of the Augustine
Order where he served in various pastoral roles. He
is the brother of Mons Lawrence Mifsud
with whom he shares a close affinity.
Mons Lawrence Mifsud, the Rector of St John’s
Co-Cathedral and Chaplain of the Sovereign Military Order of St John,
ex-Archpriest of Vittoriosa, donated to the Rev. Chapter of St Lawrence
Collegiate an Antiphon to St. Lawrence composed by himself. Mons Mifsud has written various musical
pieces including hymns and oratorios.
STATUE OF ST LAWRENCE
AT ST LAWRENCE BAND CLUB
A beautiful marble statue of St Lawrence has been
erected in the Entrance Hall of the St Lawrence Band Club at Vittoriosa
The work was executed by the firm Dino Felici of Carrara, Italy, represented
by Messrs. E. Theuma & Co. of Valletta. The design of
the statue was made by young artist and member of the Vittoriosa Band
Andrew Bugeja. The statue was donated to
the Band Club by its Hon. President, Mr Joseph Scicluna.
COMPLETION OF RESTORION WORKS ON ST LAWRENCE MONUMENT
After more than a year of delicate repairs and
restoration, the neo-classic stone monument to St Lawrence at
cleared of the scaffolding and screens in which it was wrapped and
the public for the occasion of St Lawrence Day.
The work was undertaken, after a professional situation survey,
Bighi Centre Restoration and was paid by the Cottonera Rehabilitation
Committee. The monument was inaugurated in
commemorate the 800th anniversary of the erection of St
Church as parish. It was paid by Can.
Raphael Patiniott and was designed by English architect, S. Poulson.
On the initiative of the Vittoriosa Historical &
Cultural Society the marble tablet marking the house in Quarter Front
Vittoriosa, were Archbishop Sir Michael Gonzi was born has been