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YOUR GUIDE FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016 IN XAGĦRA

YOUR GUIDE FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016 IN XAGĦRA

YOUR GUIDE FOR HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2016 IN XAGĦRA Welcome to Xagħra where, in Holy Week, you can witness contrasting celebrations starting with the sombre 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. Background to the Good Friday Procession in Xagħra The arrival in Xagħra in 1913 of a live size statue of Christ Crucified generated great enthusiasm to order a set of statues of the Passion. The renowned sculptor Professor Luigi Guacci, Cavaliere al Merito Lavoro Statue di Cartepeste of Lecce, who had worked on the statue of Christ Crucified, was commissioned to work on eight statues which arrived in Xagħra in 1914. Bishop Mgr. G. M. Camilleri meantime had acceeded to the request by Archpriest Mgr. Maurizio Cauchi  to hold the Good Friday procession in Xagħra. Thus the first procession took place in 1914. Other statues, namely Judas betraying Jesus (1964) by Professor Salvatore Bruno of Bari and Jesus meets His Mother Mary (1987) by well known Gozitan artist Mr Michael Camilleri Cauchi completed today’s set of ten statues of the Passion. PROGRAMME OF CELEBRATIONS:   SUNDAY 20 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. 09:45 – Basilica : Celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the Basilica. 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 24 MARCH – 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). 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 25 MARCH – GOOD FRIDAY Solemn Remembrance of the Passion and Death of the Lord 15:00 – Basilica : Liturgical Action – 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...

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