Lady of Ta’ Pinu
Gozo - Malta
The National Shrine of the Blessed
Virgin of Ta' Pinu (Maltese: Santwarju tal-Madonna ta' Pinu) is a Roman Catholic
minor basilica and national shrine located some 700 metres (2,300 ft) from the
village of Għarb on the island of Gozo, the sister island of Malta. The church
is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu. The basilica is located on the
edge of a cliff in open countryside which allows visitors to enjoy beautiful
views of the area.
The origins of the Shrine of Our Lady of
ta' Pinu are unknown. It was first recorded in the archives of the Curia in Gozo,
when the Bishop Domenico Cubelles paid a visit to the chapel. This noted that
the chapel had just been rebuilt and that it belonged to the noble family of
In 1575 the apostolic visitor Pietro Duzina was delegated by Pope Gregory XII to
visit the Maltese Islands. In his pastoral visit to the church, he found that it
was in a very bad state. He ordered the church to be closed and demolished and
its duties passed to the parish church, now the Cathedral of the Assumption of
the Blessed Virgin Mary of Gozo. When demolition began the workman broke his arm
while striking the first blow. This was taken as an omen that the chapel should
not be demolished. The church was the only chapel on the island to survive
Duzina's decree ordering the demolition of other similar chapels.
Pinu Gauci became the procurator of the
church in 1598 and its name was changed from "Of the Gentile" to "Ta` Pinu",
meaning "Of Philip". In 1611 Gauci offered money for its restoration. It was
rebuilt, with a stone altar erected and investments for liturgical services
provided. Gauci also commissioned the painting of the Assumption of Our Lady for
the main altar. This was done in 1619 by Amadeo Perugino.
1883, Karmni Grima was walking past the now run down church and heard a voice
asking her to recite three Hail Marys'. Over the following years miracles were
attributed to the grace of Our Lady of The Assumption to whom the church was
dedicated. The works for the new church began on 30 May 1922, to be consecrated
on 31 August 1932. It was built in a neo-romantic style. Inside the church there
are 6 mosaics, 76 coloured windows and many ex-voto. The bell tower is 61 metres
Pope John Paul II celebrated mass on
the parvise of the shrine during his visit to the island of Gozo on 26 May 1990.
On 18 April 2010, when visiting Malta, Pope Benedict XVI donated and placed a
Golden Rose in front of the devotional image of Our Lady of Ta' Pinu, which was
brought over from Gozo to Malta for this special occasion. The Pope invited
everybody to "Pray to Her Under the Title Queen of the Family"
Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Of Ta'
Santwarju tal-Madonna ta' Pinu (Maltese)
|Prayer for the
Entrustment of the Family to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of
the Family, today we have before you in your sanctuary of Ta’ Pinu to
entrust our family to your maternal protection. O Mother of Life and
Temple of God’s Spirit, in your womb the Son of God took flesh, make out
of our family a living sanctuary where life is cherished and respected
with love from its very beginning. O Woman of Silence, from this your
house continue to spread your invitation towards each and every family
so that they would also recollect themselves in silence on order to give
heed to your Son. Help us to recognize his voice and listen to it that
his words may be the basis on which we build our family. Mother and
Teacher of Life we want Christ to be the centre of our family that in it
the sentiment of love, forgiveness, mercy and goodness, of docility and
patience may thrive and so the peace of Christ will live also within us.
O Companion of the Saviour, who walked the way of the Cross, walk with
us today and always so that when we come face to face with temptation,
with illness, with suffering, and our thoughts become darkened, you
become for us the guide that brings us to Christ, the Way, the Truth and
the Life. O Lady of Ta’ Pinu, in our pilgrimage towards our heavenly
home, keep your eyes fixed on us that we may grow in love towards God,
to each other and to our brethren so that we may always be testimony to
Christ our Savoir.
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