Programme of events taking place during Holy Week in Xaghra
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Visitors to Xaghra during Holy Week will be able to witness contrasting celebrations starting with the sombrely remembrance of the Ultimate Sacrifice, the Passion and Death of The Son of God on Good Friday, culminating in the Great Joy when there is the celebration of the victory of Life over death through the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
The Programme of events in Xaghra during Holy Week is as follows:
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 Guzepp, 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
From 16:00 – Victory Square: The first edition of the Gozo Easter Festival – Grand Easter Pageant – A celebration of the Resurrection. “Where are you coming from? Where are you going?”
Everyone is cordially invited to attend.