One of the oldest statues of St Joseph in Malta is located in Valletta and is a particular one, as Jesus is not portrayed as a baby but a child.
This year, this statue will be 325 years old…and is a symbol of the ancient devotion in the capital towards St Joseph where there is also an Archconfraternity. On the occasion that the Church celebrates the feast of putative father of Jesus, the statue is carried in a procession on the main roads of the city.
St Joseph feast in Valletta is organized on the 19th March by the St Joseph’s Archconfraternity, established in 1632 at the Sanctuary Basilica of Our Lady of Carmelite.
The Archconfraternity Rector, Joe Cioffi, said that the statue is the work of Principal Nazju Portelli and one of the oldest statues of St Joseph in Malta.
Contrary to other statues of the saint, this statue represents Jesus as a nine-year old, holding the hand of his putative father. In his left hand, St Joseph holds a lily sprig. The folded sleeves of St Joseph portray his industrious feature as a worker and his hard-working character.
“Last Saturday, we inaugurated the restoration on the statue and we are opening this special year, leading till 2020, in which we are commemorating the 150 anniversary of the proclamation of St Joseph as the patron of the Universal Church”, Mr Cioffi said.
Following Mass, the statue was carried in a procession on the major roads of the capital, accompanied by the Għaqda Mużikali Madonna ta’ Pompei of Marsaxlokk.