OUR LADY AND SAINT GEORGE, GOZO
- Chancellor: The Reverend Canon Simon Godfrey Tel: 7991 35
- Church Warden: Mrs Judith Pugh Tel 79866367
- Chaplaincy Council Member:Tony Wright
A warm welcome awaits you at OUR LADY and ST GEORGE GOZO
Main Service: Wednesday Mass at 11.00 am.
IN THE CHAPEL OF THE SACRED HEART MAJOR SEMINARY
Enrico Mizzi Street, Victoria.
Patronal & Dedication Festival: St George’s Day 23rd April
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Collects for The Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint George martyr, c.304
Almighty God, who looked upon the lowliness of the Blessed Virgin Mary and chose her to be the mother of your only Son:
grant that we who are redeemed by his blood may share with her
the glory of your eternal kingdom.
God of hosts, who so kindled the flame of love in the heart of your servant George that he bore witness to the risen Lord by his life and death:
give us the same faith and power of love that we who rejoice in his triumphs may come to share with him the fullness of the resurrection.
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The Anglican Community in Gozo do not have a church building but use the Seminary Chapel by the kind permission of the Bishop of Gozo and the Rector
Our Lady and Saint George: History
GEOFFREY By Divine Permission Lord Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe
To the Congregation in Gozo and the other congregations in the Anglican Church of Malta & Gozo
GRACE AND PEACE from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
WHEREAS you have petitioned Us to approve the dedication of your life under a patron among the saints that seems appropriate to Us, mindful of the devout patrimony of the Church in Gozo:
WE DO NOW by this Declaration dedicate your life together – your work, worship and witness as a constituent part of the Anglican Church in Malta and Gozo under the prayerful protection and watchful patronage of OUR LADY THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY and ST GEORGE THE MARTYR
We direct the said Congregation shall be known under this title throughout Our Diocese, this Instrument coming into force on the Feast of Title, the Twenty-Third Day of April in the year of Our Lord Two thousand and Five:
AND WE PRAY the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, may rest upon the clergy and people of the Congregation of Our Lady and St George Gozo and their whole life together with Us in Christ Jesus.
GIVEN UNDER OUR HAND this same Day above written
Anglicans and other English speaking Christians have been meeting together on Gozo for many years. Around the 1970’s, Miss E. Sevenoaks saw a need and went to see the Chancellor of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, resulting in a regular Anglican monthly weekday service. By the 1980’s Mrs Hilda Robinson was playing a leading role maintaining services on Gozo. Mr Arthur Walsh, a licensed Reader, came to holiday on Gozo in 1978 and he took part in Anglican services held at Manresa House. In 1993, Arthur aided by Robert (Steve) Stevenson, a Lay Assistant, and encouraged by the Chaplain, Canon Philip Cousins, started a regular “Songs of Praise”, and Steve also started an Anglican Carol Service, both at the Calypso Hotel in Marsalforn. Around this time, Bishop Coleman, a Canadian, was also able to help with Anglican services.
Fr Victor Albutt a retired priest living on Gozo, held a Lenten series in his home in 1989.
From 1991 more regular services were held for the first time in the Chapel of the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Seminary in Victoria. At first the Eucharist was celebrated monthly, and then fortnightly, and assistance was initially given by Fr Victor Albutt. Throughout these years regular and occasional visitors joined the “resident Anglicans” and attendances grew to a point where there was a need for weekly services.
From Lent 2003 the Eucharist has been held each Wednesday and with additional services at special occasions, by the Chaplains from Malta. From September 2007 an additional service of Compline-Night Prayer was introduced on the first Sunday of the month at Manresa Retreat House Chapel.
The Dedication in 2005 of this, the third congregation of the Anglican Church in Malta and Gozo was promoted and supported by the Senior Chaplain & Chancellor of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral – Canon Tom Mendel (2004 – 2008).
A Warden’s Staff was donated to mark the dedication 23rd April 2005 and was blessed during the Eucharist service in the Basilica of St George, Victoria.
On the first Anniversary 23rd April 2006, a Diptych of Icons, were blessed during the St George’s Day Patronal service at Gharb Basilica.They were purchased from donations, and were made and painted by Marianne Hacquebard, a Dutch artist, with close ties to Gozo. On the fifth Anniversary of the dedication in 2010 Bishop David Hamid, the Suffragan Bishop of Europe, celebrated Mass in St George’s Basilica for a large Congregation in the presence of the Archpriest of St. George’s and his predecessor. A celebratory luncheon followed. On the 22nd April 2015 with the kind permission of the Archpriest of St George’s Basilica and the Bishop of Gozo,both of whom were present, a 10th Anniversary Mass was celebrated by the Chancellor of St Paul’s Pro- Cathedral Canon Simon Godfrey and an Anniversary Lunch followed with Mons Mario Grech the Bishop of Gozo and many friends .The Ecumenical dimension of the Chaplaincy is of great importance to Gozo Anglicans and we take every opportunity to attend events on the Islands. A recent example being a Service of ” Opening the Doors of the Metropolitan Cathedral” to celebrate the Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy instituted by HH Pope Francis .Members of the congregation were expressly asked to participate and attend.
The Congregation in Gozo is under the prayerful protection and watchful patronage of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint George The Martyr.