An evening of prayer on the eve of the priestly and deaconal ordination

On Thursday, 13th June, the seminarians had their last examinations for this scholastic year.  That same afternoon, preparations kicked off for an evening of prayer to be held on the occasion of the priestly and deaconal ordinations which were to take place the following day.  The evening of prayer was held in the playground of the Minor Seminary and started at 8pm.  The theme was: The Vergin Mary  – Queen of Priests.  A painting, commissioned by Fr Elia of the Crucified Christ of the Order of the Discalced Carmelites.  The painting, by artist Manuel Farrugia, features the Vergin Mary, together with the Prophet Elia and Saint Therese of Avila, who are central figures in the Theresean family.  The two ordinands, Mario Mercieca as deacon and Fr Elia as monk, shared with the congregation their prayer to God on the eve of their ordination.  The second part of the evening was a eucharistic celebration.

On the morrow, Friday 14th June, the ordinations were held at the Gozo Cathedral at 6.50p.m.