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YOUR GUIDE FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2015 IN XAGĦRA

Welcome to Xagħra where, in Holy Week, you can witness contrasting celebrations starting with the somberly remembrance of the Ultimate Sacrifice, the Passion and Death of The Son of God on Good Friday culminating in the Great Joy when we celebrate the victory of Life over death through the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

PROGRAMME OF CELEBRATIONS:

SUNDAY 29 MARCH – PALM SUNDAY
09:15 – Crossroads in Church Street :
Blessing of palm and olive branches takes place. Procession follows with the Holy Crucifix to the Basilica where, at 09:45 the Holy Eucharist is celebrated.
18:00 – Passion Pageant by Children leaves the Basilica. Only children take part in this pageant (unique in the Maltese Islands) which is organized by the Vocational Centre.

THURSDAY 02 APRIL – MAUNDY THURSDAY
19:00 – Basilica:
Remembrance of the Last Supper. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated during which Mgr Archpriest Carmelo Refalo washes the feet of twelve men (the Apostles). Voci Angeliche Choir animates the singing.
At the end of Celebration, the Holy Eucharist will be transposed to the Altar of Repose and the traditional Seven Visits start. The Basilica stays open until very late at night.

FRIDAY 03 APRIL – GOOD FRIDAY
15:00 – Basilica :
Liturgical Action – Bible Reading of The Passion of Christ followed by Solemn Adoration
of The Wood of The Cross and Holy Communion.
18:00 – Victory Square :
Good Friday Procession/Pageant starts leaving the Basilica passing along Triq 28 t’April 1688, Triq San Ġużepp, Triq Bullara, Triq Jannar and back to Victory Square, accompanied by the Victory Band playing funereal marches, ending up in the Basilica approximately at 21:30.

SATURDAY 04 APRIL – EASTER SATURDAY
20:00 – Basilica :
Start of Easter Vigil which gives rise to the greatest Celebration of the Liturgical Year : The New Light; Announcement of the Resurrection of Christ; Liturgy of The Word; Liturgy of Baptism; Eucharistic Celebration. Voci Angeliche Choir animates the singing.

SUNDAY 05 APRIL – EASTER SUNDAY
18:00 – Statue of the Risen Christ leaves the Basilica for a grand manifestation in Victory Square with the participation of Victory Band.
Blessing and distribution of figolli (Easter delicacy in various forms) takes place

19:00 – Victory Square :
Grand Easter Pageant – “Where are you coming from? Where are you going?”

While cordially inviting you to join in the celebrations we wish you a HAPPY EASTER
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UPX 510 /14 March 29th 2015

1. Today is Palm Sunday. A procession with the blessing of olive branches starts at 9.15am. This passes through Shaft Street, Church Street and onto the Square. On arrival at the Basilica, there will be a concelebrated mass with the special participation of young people. We should do our best to choose to attend this important mass. The mass scheduled for 8.30am will this Sunday be celebrated at 8.00am. This afternoon the children’s pageant organised by the Vocations Group starts at 6.00pm.

2. The first Confession for children who receive their First Holy Communion this year will be held tomorrow at 5.30pm at the basilica. Parents, it’s your duty to accompany your children and you too can receive the Sacrament of reconciliation.

3. A ceremony of Adoration of the Cross is being held next Tuesday at 7.30pm. All those who take part in the Good Friday procession are specially invited. There shall be confessors from outside the parish in attendance. The Archpriest will address those present. Those who are involved in votive actions shall have their meeting in the Passion Oratory at 8.30am.

4. Priests to hear confessions will be present on Wednesday at the Basilica, Nazzarenu church and St. Anthony’s church throughout the day.

5. The whole family should be present for the ceremonies held on Easter triduum. On Maundy Thursday the concelebrated mass with the rite of washing of feet is at 7.00pm. A special collection for priests’s needs will be made. The envelope will be collected during this mass. Please be generous in appreciation of the services rendered by priests throughout the year.

6. This year’s Easter vigil will be special one and each and every Christian should be present for this greatest of all liturgical celebrations. The function starts at 8.00pm.

7. We require floweres for the altar of repose. We need fern-branches, Belladonna, lilies, and fresia. Please deposit these in the sacristy next Wednesday morning.
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