Peace and quiet was prevalent on Maundy Thursday because of the several precautionary measures being taken to stem the spread of Coronavirus. This can actually be beneficial for deeper reflection on the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. The liturgical functions were performed in empty churches but were broadcast on television.
On Maundy Thursday all priests meet at St. John’s Co-Cathedral to renew their vows and pledge to continue in their ordination and vocation. In the current extraordinary circumstances, this year the celebration of the sacred oil blessing did not taken place in its traditional form. Instead they took place on social media outlets including TVM by means of which Archbishop Charles Scicluna conveyed a message of hope to priests to renew the promises they made in their ordination.
“May we also pray that on these particular days of this year’s Holy Week, we renew in our hearts, you and I along with all our brethren, all the priests, the priestly promises we have made, and while standing up for the dear people in our community, we commit ourselves to continue giving our lives to Him. ”
Earlier today Archbishop Scicluna led the prayer of the liturgy and tonight a recorded program and meditation session about the Seven Stations of the Cross will be broadcast on TVM2 at 8.30pm. Monsignor Scicluna will preside over the function with scriptural readings and reflections. This prayer will replace the seven visits that are normally held on this holy night and ends at noon on Good Friday whereupon a remembrance of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ will commence.