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Through the years! Vintage photos show the Our Lady of Sorrows processions in Malta
One of the most sombre days in the Catholic Church.

Emma Galea

Today, in many countries including Malta, the Catholic Church is commemorating Our Lady of Sorrows. It’s a day where people take the opportunity to reflect on the pain that Our Lady had to endure as she experienced the Passion of Jesus Christ.

Here in Malta, the day has been commemorated for centuries through a special tradition that the Maltese still practise to this very day. This is the procession of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Many villages and parishes across Malta & Gozo, take out their Our Lady of Sorrows statue in a procession around their town as people devoutly gather behind it and pray and reflect.

The following series of vinatge photos give us a better glimpse as to what the Our Lady of Sorrows procession looked like throughout the previous century. 

Many of the same statues you see below are used to this very day in a similarly organised procession.

Mosta - 1924

Zabbar – End of World War II

Qormi

Valletta

Valletta

Can you recognise any of the people in the photos?

22nd March 2024


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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