Every 24 June, the nativity of the patron saint of the Order of Malta, St John Baptist, is celebrated by its members around the world
This year is different
London, 24 June 2020
Because of the pandemic there are no church services in Britain to mark the day, traditionally celebrated with ceremonies at the Brompton Oratory, and with decorations awarded to members and volunteers in recognition for their work to help those in need.
However, the Order’s work to support the poor and the sick continues, including packing parcels of clothing and necessities for the homeless, and special activities to reach out to the lonely, housebound or in institutions, with cards, telephone calls, gifts of flowers and chocolates so that they know they are not forgotten.