Via Crucis held at Ta’ Ghammar Hill, Ta’ Pinu, led by Bishop Mario Grech

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Via Crucis held at Ta’ Ghammar Hill, with the faithful illuminated on their journeyThe Diocesan Via Crucis took place on Sunday evening at the National Shrine of Ta’ Pinu, led by H.L. Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo.

The meditations for this year were written by various religious orders and institutes of consecrated life from within the Diocese of Gozo, and it is becoming a year that is dedicated to people who have consecrated their lives to God for serving the Church and humanity.

The stations along the Way of the Cross were illuminated with special lighting, and more than 1000 flares helped guide the way for the faithful, as well as create a unique atmosphere.

At the end of the Via Crucis, the Bishop gave a short message, followed by the Eucharistic Benediction.

The television stations, TVM, Net and One TV, all recorded this unique event to be able to broadcast it, during Holy Week.

The Via Crucis took place as part of the programmed for Gozo – Faith and Tradition. More information can be found on the Easter in Gozo facebook page which is being constantly being updated.

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.

A proposal was made for the transformation of the hillside 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 15 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.

Now days during the Holy Week, a meditation of the Way of the Cross is organised on the Ghammar Hill and is led by H.E. Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo, together with the participation of faithful from the diocese of Gozo and also from that of Malta.

Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri

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