On 24th of April 2022 the delegation of Abruzzo and Molise gathered in Tagliacozzo (AQ) for the feast of the Patron Saint of our Order Saint George and for the Easter Precept. The celebrations were attended by many of our Knights accompanied by the Delegate and Chaplain Father Ennio Grossi, Knight of Ecclesiastical Grace of the Diocese of Avezzano, the Delegations of the Orders of Malta and the Holy Sepulchre and numerous inhabitants of the Marsica district present for the procession of the Holy Face, greeted with affection by our Knight Mayor Vincenzo Giovagnorio.
After the Holy Mass, presided by the Bishop of Avezzano, H.E. Mons. Giovanni Massaro, and concelebrated by the parish priests of the Marsicano district, all participants paraded in procession through the streets of the town. The Bishop of Avezzano gave the blessing with the effigy of the Holy Face in Piazza dell’Obelisco.
The festival of the Holy Face represents an exceptional event for the Marsicano district that has been handed down for centuries. For this occasion many citizens of Tagliacozzo and the towns of Marsica, that emigrated to many parts of the world, return to their homeland to remember their deep attachment to the places where their roots are located. H.E. the Bishop greeted the Knights and Dames present of the three prestigious Equestrian Orders, Constantinian, Malta and Holy Sepulchre, by participating in a beautiful group photo. The three delegations have always been very close and united in the rescue activities towards the weakest and the choral participation in this event shows how strong the bond is.