Our Lady Of The Grotto Church

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Our Lady Of The Grotto Church

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A Maltese Priest, Rev. Pietro Zurchi, Established The Dominican Priory And The Church Dedicated To Our Lady Of The Grotto In 1450. This Priory Was Built With The Help Of Several Benefactors, Including King Ferdinand Of Spain.

The Church Was Built On A Cave, Where It Is Said The Virgin Mary Had Appeared To A Bird Hunter. In 1609, The Novitiate Was Founded At The Priory For Both Maltese And Sicilians. In The 19th Century, Secular Clerics Studied At The Priory, Where It Was Possible For Them To Obtain A Doctorate. In 1957, The Effigy Of Our Lady Of The Grotto Was Crowned By The Archbishop Of Malta On Behalf Of Pope Pius XII.

In 1982, Due To Damage Caused To The Marble Image Of Our Lady In The Past, In Order To Avoid Further Damage, The Dominican Friars Began To Use A Marble Replica Of The Above Mentioned Crowned Image For Processions.

For Some Days After The Feast In 1999, The Replica Of The Image Of Our Lady Of The Grotto Was Kept In The Church On A Wooden Pedestal, Adorned By A Large Halo. On May 6, 1999, The Replica Wept Blood From Her Right Eye And On The Following Day, Wept Blood - Stained Tears From Her Left Eye. Scientific Examinations Of The Red Liquid Showed That It Was Human Blood, Theories Which Were Later Confirmed By Repetitive Analyses.

In December 2003, The Archbishop Of Malta Gave Permission To The Maltese Dominican Province For The Image Of Our Lady Of The Grotto, On Which Tears Of Blood Appeared, To Be Kept Available For The Public Veneration.

The Church Of The Grotto Houses The Remains Of Several Members Of Order Of Preachers. For Centuries, Most Of The Maltese Dominican Friars Were Buried In The Crypt Beneath The Presbytery. The Last Person To Be Interred Inside This Church Was Friar Gerald Paris OP., PEP., († 1973), Founder Of The "Xirka Tal-Isem Imqaddes T'Alla" In Malta. Since 1975, All Deceased Members Of The Dominican Province Of St. Pius V Have Been Buried At The Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery In Paola. Other Notable Persons Found Buried Inside The Grotto Church Include Pietro Caxaro († 1485), Malta's First Known Philosopher ; Friar Sylvester Pace OP., († 1876), First Minister Provincial Of The Maltese Dominican Province ; Friar Vincenzo Schembri OP., († 1906), A Renowned Missionary And Author, Former Minister Provincial ; Friar Domenico Pace OP., († 1907), A Famous Preacher General, Theologian And Minor Philosopher ; Alfons Azzopardi OP., († 1919), A Renowned Academic, Former Regent Of The École Biblique Of Jerusalem ; Bishop Angelo Portelli OP., († 1927), Former Auxiliary Of The Then Diocese Of Malta ; Friar Antonin Gatt OP., († 1927), A Missionary Of Saintly Virtues Who Is Found Interred In The Same Vault With The Named Bishop Portelli ; Friar Vincenzo Cachia OP., († 1934), An Intellectual Theologian Who Lectured At The Angelicum In Rome ; Friar Peter Paul Bajada OP., († 1995), Former Naval Chaplain, For Three Times Prior Of The Dominican Priory Of Vittoriosa ; Angelo Pirotta OP., († 1956), A Major Philosopher ; And Giuseppe M. Xuereb OP., († 1965), A Famous Preacher, Former Prosynodal Judge At The Archbishop's Curia And Minister Provincial.


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