The Crucifix of Ta’ Ġieżu is popularly called
The reason is that it is definitely the most famous crucifix venerated in Malta. The devotion towards it is fruit of the popularity of the Franciscan church where it is venerated. A Franciscan historian of the 18th century, Fr. Giovanni Antonio Mercieca, states that the church of Ta’ Ġieżu was considered “as if it were everybody’s parish church.” The universality of this devotion in Malta is witnessed by the great number of devotees who for centuries have prayed in front of the crucifix. Indeed, the Maltese have always considered the crucifix so “miraculous” that just praying before the image means grace granted. Legends have also been born around this crucifix, indicating its “angelic” characteristics. During times of pestilence, drought and war, it was always the Crucifix of Ta’ Ġieżuthat was taken out in penitential procession. The Franciscan Friars Minor of the Church Ta’ Ġieżu and the Archconfraternity of the Holy Cross established in the “Cappella della Passione” of the same church, where the Crucifix is venerated, have been instrumental in keeping alive this witness of faith and devotion towards the Christus patiens (suffering Christ) among the Maltese faithful.
Two years ago, the crucifix was artfully restored and conserved. The restoration and conservation process made sure that the characteristics of the crucifix (its striking realism as much as its deep spiritual meaning, that have drawn so many pilgrims towards it for almost four centuries) remain as they were. In 2020, a book was also published, tilted ‘Ta’ Ġieżu Crucifix: Faith, History, Iconography, Conservation’.
Psalms 128:1-6 (KJV) Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.