The Chapel of our Lady of Mercy
on the outskirts of Xewkija on the main road to Mgarr must have
been very different from that of today, since it is now surrounded
by new buildings and has to endure a continuous flow of traffic
a few metres away from its main door.
Many years ago, a hermit monk lided in this chapel.
He was a holy man with many gifts including the ability to fortell
the future, He was kept busy all day long, with people continually
knocking on the door of his hermitge.
One winter night the monk was awakened by loud knocking
on his door of his sacristy. When he opened the door he saw a stranger
asking him to help him. He asked him if he can go to his home and
convince his dying father to make confession. The hermit was suddenly
beset with sadness and seemed unable to speak. He than told him
that the real reason why he came was not about his father but to
steal the golden chalice. As the hermit spoke the stranger began
to shake uncontrollably. He was terrified to hear the monk reveal
his evil intention, but he was more shocked to hear what the monk
still had to say. The monk than told the stranger that his father
truly died as he was struck by a thunderbolt. As a penitence for
the sacrilege he was about to commit the stranger decided to give
up his wicked way of life and join the hermit in a life of holiness,
hard work and self-sacrifice.
The legend says that the man made a just penitence
of the rest of his life and like the hermit died in a state of holiness.