Feast of the Holy Eucharist known as ‘Il-Kwaranturi at Lunzjata

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Feast of the Holy Eucharist known as 'Il-Kwaranturi at LunzjataThe chapel dedicated to the Annunciation of Our Lady in Lunzjata, will this week be celebrating the Feast of the Holy Eucharist known as ‘Il-Kwaranturi,’ between Thursday, the 19th and Saturday, the 21st of June.

The Maltese word Kwaranturi has its origin in the Italian expression “Quarant’Ore” and refers to the 40 hours of solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and consequent adoration, that are programmed over three days.

This festivity is held by all the parishes of Gozo during the year and is known as the Festa tal-Kwaranturi. In its ‘Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy’ issued in 2001, the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship encourages this festivity and gives directives about its celebration.

The Congregation states that the Forty Hours’ Adoration should involve the “entire religious community” and should include Scripture reading, hymns based on those of the Liturgy of the Hours as well as periods of silent prayer and reflection (cfr n.165).

The Kwaranturi have both a theological and a devotional significance. According to tradition the 40 hours of continual adoration are intended to honour the 40 hours during which the body of Our Lord is considered to have rested in the tomb.

The programme, which is in Maltese, is shown in full below:

Mill-Hamis 19 sas-Sibt 21 ta’ Gunju 2014.

Il-Hamis 19 ta’ Gunju: Jum is-Sacerdoti

Mill-4.30 sal-5.30pm: Adorazzjoni Solenni. L-ewwel nofs siegha tkun adorazzjoni fis-skiet.

Fil-5.00pm: Ruzarju Meditat. Isir talb ghas-sacerdoti taghna li fil-quddiesa kuljum inizzlu fuq l-artal lil Gesu` li fl-Ewkaristija jinghata lilna bhala ikel spiritwali.

Fil-5.25pm: Talba ghas-Sacerdoti u Barka Ewkaristika.

Fil-5.30pm: Quddiesa bil-kant li titmexxa minn Mons. Karm Borg

Il-Gimgha 20 TA’ GUNJU : Jum IL-FAMILJA

Mill-4.30 sal-5.30pm: Adorazzjoni Solenni. L-ewwel nofs siegha tkun adorazzjoni fis-skiet.

Fil-5.00pm: Ruzarju tal-Familja Nisranija b’meditazzjonijiet dwar il-familja. Isir talb ghall-familji ta’ pajjizna.

Fil-5.25pm: Att ta’ Konsagrazzjoni tal-Familji lill-Qalb Imqaddsa ta’ Gesu`.

Fil-5.30pm: Quddiesa bil-kant li titmexxa minn Mons. Karm Borg

Is-Sibt l-21 ta’ Gunju: Festa Solenni tal-Gisem u d-Demm tal-Mulej

Mill-4.30 sal-5.30pm: Adorazzjoni Solenni. L-ewwel nofs siegha tkun adorazzjoni fis-skiet.

Fil-5.00pm: Ruzarju Meditat. Isir talb ghal dawk li joffendu lil Gesu` Ewkaristija bid-dagha.

Fil-5.25pm: Litanija tar-Riparazzjoni u Barka Ewkaristika.

Fil-5.30pm: Quddiesa Koncelebrata ta’ Korpus li titmexxa minn Mons. Karm Borg bl-omelija dwar L-Ewkaristija minn Dun Joe Calleja.

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