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The Grand Master, Cardinal Filoni, has urged all Knights and Dames to read the Lenten Message, published by the Holy Father (see image below).
In his message, Cardinal Filoni also states the importance of direction in our lives and how aiming for Christ can help us. He invites us to journey towards conversion, to believe the Gospel, exercise charity and get to Christ through prayer.
His Holiness’ Lenten Message can be accessed by clicking on his picture. A link will take you to the Vatican Website where you can read his message in English.
Please join the Gibraltar Lieutenancy, this Lent, by praying for the Holy Land, The Magisterium, the Latin Patriarchate, His Holiness the Pope, the Church, people of other faiths and the rest of the world. We hope that the pandemic that has kept us in a ‘Lenten state,’ this past year, will soon pass so that we can celebrate the empty tomb this Easter. And celebrate by returning to our churches for the Easter Vigil and our Paschal song.
Last week the European Lieutenants met in Rome to discuss issues pertaining to the Order. Our very own Lieutenant, HE J Gaggero, KC*HS, was present at the European conference and took part in plenary sessions alongside fellow lieutenants from neighbouring territories. On speaking to the website team about the short trip to our Rome Headquaters, HE J Gaggero was significantly positive and expressed great enthusiasm about the whole experience. He is looking forward to sharing what he learned in Rome with the local Council and using the information also gained at the Consulta last year to help develop the Gibraltar Lieutenancy further.
A focal point of the meetings (a week ago in Rome) dealt with membership and the role of the Order in the Holy Land. At the heart of the mission of the Order is the spiritual and material support of the Latin Patriarchate. This is something that the members attending the pilgrimage later this year (October/November) will get to see first hand.
On a related note, it was announced that the Grand Master’s Secretary, Fr J Bateman, is coming to the end of his tenure. Fr J Bateman was given a surprise promotion to the rank of Knight Commander. Many of the local Knights and Dames will remember meeting Fr Bateman in Gibraltar two years ago when he accompanied HE Cardinal O’Brien to the Rock for our last installation of Knights and Dames. We wish Fr Bateman the very best for his next appointment and hope that we will see him again soon at one of the Order’s events. Fr J Bateman, KCHS, will be replaced by Father Maxim Baz, Lebanese this July.
Finally, we also wish the Governor General, Ambassador Leonardo Visconti di Modrone, a speedy recovery.
The Holy Father has called all the faithful to pray the Rosary on a daily basis during October, the Month of the Rosary. Pope Francis asks us for prayers to Our Blessed Mother and St Michael the Archangel to protect the Church from the attacks of the devil. He has encouraged the use of a number of prayers in this fight against evil. The Sub Tuum Praesidium and the prayer to St Michael the Archangel. Members of the Order are encouraged to read the Vatican Press Release and join the Faithful in prayer this October for the Holy Father’s intentions.
Deus Lo Vult
“Sub tuum praesidium confugimus Sancta Dei Genitrix. Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo Gloriosa et Benedicta.”
[We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin].
“Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in infernum detrude. Amen.”
[Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen].