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SETPEMBER 8th - OUR LADY OF PHILERMO, VICTORY MASS

TODAY, the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, is, throughout the Order, the Feast of Our Blessed Lady of Philermo.

On this day, by the gracious intercession of our beloved Mother, the island of Malta was freed from the Ottoman siege in 1565, and thus the merciful work of the Order was continued to the glory of God and of His Church.

We beseech her at this time to overcome the powers of darkness which are raised against the Church and against the Order, and to stay the hand of all those who might attack or frustrate the mission of the Order in our own day, that we may continue to serve her Divine Son in Our Lords the Poor and the Sick in their need.
The Icon in the festal dress of Grand Master de l'Isle Adam
Nativitas tua, Dei Genitrix Virgo, gaudium annuntiavit universo mundo : ex te enim ortus est sol iustitiae, Christus Deus noster : qui solvens maledictionem, dedit benedictionem, et confudens mortem, donavit nobis vitam sempiternam. Antiphon of the Magnificat of II Vespers.

Your Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God,  announced joy to the whole world, for out of you arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God; who taking off the curse, bestowed blessing; and defeating death, gave us new life.
Let us pray.
Bestow upon your servants, we beseech you O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that, as the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin stood for the beginning of our salvation, so may the solemn feast of her Nativity bring about an increase of peace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Mass will be celebrated solemnly in the Conventual Church at 6.30pm. The celebrant will be Monsignor Antony Conlon, who will also preach.