Churches remained closed on Good Friday as benches were empty of parishioners. This was a scene never experienced before on Good Friday, not even during the war! Many parishes transmitted moments of praying in front of the alter of repose on their social media, together with the function that commemorated the passion and death of Jesus Christ, with the participation of priests only.
The Mosta parish left the big statue that represents the Good Friday event at the major entrance of its church as people passing in front of the door stopped by for a few seconds of prayers.
The Archbishop led the Good Friday function at the Madonna ta’ Manresa chapel at the Curia. The religious celebration included reading of the Liturgy with Jesus’ passion event according to St John, who recounts a different interpretation of the passion of Christ.
This year’s Good Friday’s prayers also concentrated, among others, on Covid-19 patients and the professionals treating them.
“We also pray, during this time of suffering in the world, for those infected by Coronavirus, for doctors and nurses, and those who care for the treatment of the sick and their families; those responsible for decision taking in this situation, those who preserve public order and discipline; those who lost their job and their families and the ones who lost relatives and their deceased”.
A significant moment was the Adoration of the Holy Cross.
The Sacrament for the Holy Communion rite was then brought from the Altar of Repose. The celebration ended with the Archbishop delivering a short prayer.