Statues and Niches

The few niche found in Hal Safi are all located in the older part of the village. Exactly on door number 48 in Saint Paul’s Street, one can find the statue of the Immaculate Conception. The statue consists of a devil under the Holy Mary’s feet and two angles, one on each side. According to the decree issued by Bishop Rull, anyone who says the prayer Hail Mary Queen of Heaven in front of the statue will benefit from a hundred day Indulgence. Probably, the statue was sculptured when the house was already built around the year 1690. Looking at the low wall surrounding the roof of the same house, a small statue representing Saint Paul can be seen.
 
Another statue of Saint Paul can be found in a niche exactly in front of the house mentioned above. The niche is incorporated in the low wall surrounding the roof of door number 12. The niche formed part of the preceding building. Another niche can be found on the façade of door number 31 situated just before the junction between Saint Peter Street and Saint John Street. This niche contains the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows sculptured by Anthony Zammit from Zurrieq. On the 10 of June 1936, Monsignor Maurus Caruana issued a decree saying that any one who says the prayer Hail Mary Queen of Heaven in front of the niche will benefit from a hundred day Indulgence.
 
At Saint Joseph Square, corner with Saint Joseph Street, a statue of Saint Joseph in a niche can be seen. Monsignor Davide Cocco Palmieri, in the year 1706, associated the benefit of Indulgence with this statue as well. Not very far away, exactly at the corner of Hlantun Street with Saint George’s Street, one can definitely notice the statue of Saint John. According to the decree issued by Monsignor Maurus Caruana on the 11 of December 1925, any person who says the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary (prayer of Our Lady) and the Prayer to the Holy Trinity in front of the statue will benefit from the hundred day Indulgence, as well.
 
On the façade of the house of the Parish Priest in Dun Guzepp Caruana Street, one can find a statue of Saint Mary in a niche. On 1st August 1883, Monsignor D. Carmelo Conti Scicluna issued a decree declaring that a forty-day Indulgence will be given to any one who devotedly says three prayers to Our Lady.