On 22nd December, the Dominican students of the province of Malta organized a celebration to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the approval of our Order. The celebration was held at Our Lady of the Grotto and St. Dominic’s Church in Rabat, Malta. The celebration started with an adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and prayers for Dominican vocations. Afterwards, a mass was celebrated by the Provincial, Fr. Francis Micallef and the homily was given by Deacon Br. Aaron Zahra.
During his homily, Br. Aaron said that as Dominican preachers, when we look at the crib and see baby Jesus, the word incarnate lying in a manger and being born in a very poor context, we should be reminded that through our preaching we need to incarnate the word of God in people’s hearts. He mentioned that this preaching is also being done in a very poor context; not poor economically or materially but to a society which is poor in encountering the truth and the Word of God. We are preaching to a society which wants God to conform to its ideals which may often contradict the same word of God. But in the mean time we must not lose heart because we have 800 years of experience of preaching and accompanying people to become saints.
After mass a procession was held in the cloister of the priory. During the procession, a meditative rosary led by Archbishop Emeritus Msgr. Paul Cremona, OP was recited. The celebration was concluded by a message from the Archbishop, the reciting of the Te Deum and a Eucharistic benediction
(24 December 2016)