The evening of the 21st December marked the beginning of the Christmas holidays for the seminarians. During the fifteen-day holiday, the seminarians could be with their family, and offer their services at their parish of origin and at other parishes where they are following pastoral duties.
That same evening, Mgr Bishop Mario Grech paid a visit to the Seminary where he led a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the end of the first term. Parents of seminarians and members of Aћwa Ħbieb tas-Seminarju attended this Mass. Mgr Bishop focused his homily on the first reading of the day, taken from the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah: “The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear” (Zep 3,15). He reminded the congregation that we, who are close to God, are asked to spread this news to all the people around us.
After Mass, the exhibition Incarnatione was declared open. On the occasion of the Year of Faith, the Diocesan Commission of Sacred Art, together with the Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, put up an exhibition of sacred art regarding the mystery of The Incarnation. This exhibition was put up in the main hall of the Seminary. Another exhibition regarding the mystery of The Resurrection will be put up for Easter. The Rev. Rector, Fr Daniel Xerri, welcomed the guests and explained the aim behind this exhibition. Fr Joseph Calleja, of the Diocesan Commission for Sacred Art, gave a critical appreciation of the exhibited works. Mgr. Bishop inaugurated the exhibition and praised this initiative. He augured a better evaluation of sacred art as this is a form of expression of our faith.