Mediative reflections on the Way of the Cross next Sunday in Gozo
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Mediative reflections on the Way of the Cross – The Diocesan Via Sagra, will be taking place next Sunday, the 7th of April.
The Bishop of Gozo. Mgr Mario Grech, will lead mediative reflections on Ghammar Hill, opposite Ta’ Pinu National Sanctuary in Gozo and it will be broadcast live on Radju Marija 102.FM.
There will also be the participation of the chaplain, a priest and the faithful from the Diocese of Gozo and from Malta.
Bishop Grech will give a short message at the conclusions, this will be followed by the Eucharistic Benediction.
Everyone is invited to join in this special event, which starts at 4.30pm and to take with them a red candle. History of the Via Crucis Ta’ Ghammar Hill
The Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu had asked Frangisk Portelli to advocate devotion towards the hidden wound on Christ’s shoulder caused by the heavy wooden cross.
Because of this, after the end of World War II, a small number of devotees began to make a repentance walk up the steep path to the top of Ghammar Hill, situated opposite Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary.
Ir was proposed that the hillside be transformed into a Via Crucis, thus making it possible to pilgrim, to walk uphill and meditate the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord.
The original models of the statues were wrought by Alfred Camilleri Cauchi and where commissioned by the rector Mgr. Lawrence Portelli in 1970, to the Italian Firm Tiemistocle Sarti, under the direction of the artist Gualtiero Luisi.
Mgr. Benedict Camilleri, who succeeded Mgr. Portelli as rector of the Basilica on the 15th of June 1970, took a keen interest in the setting up of the Via Crucis, widening the path leading from Ta’ Pinu Parvis to the hilltop of Ghammar, the plantation of tress alongside the way and the open-air amphitheatre on the summit of the hill.
A meditation of the Way of the Cross is now organised annually on the Ghammar Hill and is led by the Bishop of Gozo Mgr Mario Grech.
Photographs Top by Mario Xerri and below by Alain Salvary