Feast of St Ursula  at the Monastery of St Ursula in Valletta

Feast of St Ursula at the Monastery of St Ursula in Valletta

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The Knights and Dames of our Order attended the Holy Mass on the eve of the Feast of St Ursula at the Monastery of St Ursola in Valletta. Soprano Dame Ruth Sammut Casingena accompanied by the Jerosolimitan Nuns choir delighted all those present with their amazing musical talents.

Saint Ursula is Catholic Saint and her feast is celebrated on 21st October. Legend has it that together with an anonymous group of holy virgins who accompanied her and on some uncertain date were killed at Cologne. she was a princess who, at the request of her father set sail to join her future husband, a pagan governor along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens. The number is exaggerated and most probably a misinterpretation. The group most probably consisted of just 11 Maidens. 

After a miraculous storm that brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, Ursula declared that before her marriage she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome with her followers and persuaded the Pope, Cyriacus  (unknown in the pontifical records, though from late 384 there was a Pope Siricius), and Sulpicius,bishop of Ravenna, to join them. They set out for Cologne, which was being besieged by Huns all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre and Ursula was fatally shot with a bow and arrow.

 


Antoine Bonello

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