On Wednesday 9th December, His Grace the Archbishop of Malta kindly accepted to celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving for the 50 years of Din l-Art Helwa’s work for the protection of Malta’s built, artistic and environmental heritage. The mass was concelebrated by Monsignor Victor Zammit McKeon and Monsignor Anton Galea while the Cappella Sanctae Catharinae choir accompanied the Holy Liturgy.
Thankful for the achievements of the organisation and its volunteers, His Grace prayed that the organization may continue in its efforts to protect our heritage and that Maltese people may care for our beautiful city of Valletta. To a gasp of surprise by the congregation, the Archbishop switched on the lights illuminating the Alessio Erardi Baroque ceiling auguring that the beauty of the Baroque may instil in us Maltese the awareness of beauty to augur well for a future of tolerance and peace.
Council Member Dr Stanley Farrugia Randon and Romina Farrugia Randon’s children, Eliża and Robert, presented the Offertory. These two children are Din l-Art Ħelwa’s youngest volunteers. They represent our organization’s hope for the future.
Conservation works are still on-going at Our lady of Victory Church and sponsorships are needed in order to complete the work required for the preservation of this, Valletta’s first building and oldest church.