Xaghra celebrates Saint Mary Major Basilica’ Dedication
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This Thursday, the 5th of August, the Xaghra Parish community celebrates with Solemnity the Anniversary of Saint Mary Major Basilica’ Dedication with which the Collegiate Basilica of Our Lady’s Nativity in Xaghra is spiritually affiliated.
The Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady in Xaghra was spiritually affiliated to the Basilica, which is in Rome, in July 2003, on the commemoration of the 125th Anniversary since the former’s Dedication (1878 – 26th May – 2003).
The programme of activities for this feast is as follows:
Wednesday, the 4th of August: Eve of the Solemn Feast.
Between noon of Wednesday, the 4th of August and through the whole day of Thursday, the 5th of August, all those visiting the Xaghra Basilica have the possibility of winning the Plenary Indulgence according to normal conditions.
5.30pm: Mass of the Solemnity.
6.45pm: Solemn First Vespers led by Mgr Carmelo Refalo, Archpriest, together with the Reverend Chapter and Clergy of the Parish. Singing of the Salve Regina, Recitation of the Holy Rosary and impartation of Eucharistic Benediction.
7.30pm: Mass with homily.
Thursday 5th August: Solemnity of the Dedication of Saint Mary Major’s Basilica.
5.00am, 5.30am, 6.00am, 6.30am, 7.45am and 8.30am: Masses with homily about the significance of today’s feast.
5.30pm: Mass with homily.
6.45pm: Solemn Second Vespers led by Mgr Carmelo Refalo, Archpriest, together with the Reverend Chapter and Clergy of the Parish. Singing of the Salve Regina, Recitation of the Holy Rosary and impartation of Eucharistic Benediction.
7.30pm: Solemn Concelebrated Mass led by Fr. Joseph Camilleri, a Gozitan missionary in Brazil, with the Reverend Chapter of the Collegiate.
Everyone is warmly invited to attend for these celebrations in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.