Feast of Our Lady of Loreto being celebrated in Ghajnsielem
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The Feast of Our Lady of Loreto is being celebrated in Ghajnsielem next week, the official programme of activities has been translated into English by Ghajnsielem.com for the benefit of the foreigners living in the village, the emigrants and all English-speaking people.
Official Programme of Activities August 2015:
Monday 24th August
Fifth day of the Novena
6.30pm – Recitation of the rosary, Salve Regina and Eucharistic celebration.
7.00pm – Solemn concelebration led by Bishop Fr. George Bugeja, O.F.M., Coadjutor of the Apostolic Vicariate of Tripoli with the participation of the parisioners.
8.00pm – Band March by St Joseph Band starting from Garden Street and ending in the main square.
9.45pm – Titular statue taken out of its niche among the Marian hymns of the present crowd. Last feast collection.
Tuesday 25th August
Sixth day of the Novena – Youths Talent and St Joseph Band Day
6.30pm – Recitation of the rosary and Eucharistic celebration.
7.00pm – Solemn concelebration led by Fr. Samuel Grech with the participation and animation of the local youths . Presentation of babies ceremony will be held afterwards.
9.00pm – The St Joseph Band will perform a musical program in the main square under the direction of Director Frankie Debono and Ass. Director Anthony Galea.
Wednesday 26th August
First day of the Solemn Triduum
6.30pm – Celebration of the Vespers
7.00pm – Solemn concelebration led by P.Joe Caruana o.f.m.,. Sermon delivered by Mons. Edward Xuereb . Hymn, antiphon and Eucharistic benediction
9.00pm – Marian vigil of prayers in the main square.
Thursday 27th August
Second day of the Solemn Triduum
6.30pm – Celebration of the Vespers
7.00pm – Solemn concelebration led by Can Joe Cardona with sermon delivered by Mons. Edward Xuereb. Hymn, antiphon and Eucharistic benediction.
9.30pm -Traditional Band March from Simirat Street ending in the St Joseph Band Club premises. St Joseph Band will be joined by Xewkija’s ‘Prekursur’Band. The statue of Our Lady of Home will be elevated on a platform in Independence Square.
Friday 28th August
Third day of the Solemn Triduum
9.00am -The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is administered to the sick and the elderly members of the parish.
6.15pm – Celebration of the Vespers
7.00pm – Solemn concelebration led by Can. Dun Loreto Tabone. Sermon delivered by Mons. Edward Xuereb . Hymn, antiphon and Eucharistic benediction.
9.30pm – Grand demonstration with the statue of ‘Our Lady of Home’ starting from Mgarr Road ending in the main square. The St Joseph Band and Kercem’s ‘San Girgor’ Band will take part.
12.00am – The statue will be elevated onto its pedestal in a unique way among the chanting of ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Viva x- Xemx’. A huge fire-planes display will follow.
Saturday 29th August
Conclusion of the Solemn Triduum
9.00am – Pontifical concelebration presided by the vicar general of the diocese Giovanni B. Gauci. The Te Deum hymn concludes the solemn Triduum.
5.15pm – St Joseph Band plays marches from Cordina Street
6.30pm – The St Joseph Band and the members of the religious orders will then accompany the solemn procession of the Relic which departs from the Old Parish Church. The procession will be led by Archpriest Fr Frankie Bajada.
7.00pm – Celebration of the First Verpers of the Solemnity, presided by Bishop Fr. George Bugeja, O.F.M., coadjutor of the apostolic vicariate of Tripoli
8.00pm – Mass.
9.00pm – Nadur’s ‘Imnarja’ Band will play a band march from Garden Street followed by a musical program in the square.
9.30pm – Traditional ”Marc ta’ lejlet il-festa” starting from Hamri street and ending in the main square. Band marches performed by the St Joseph Band and Xaghra’s ‘Victory’ Band.
12.00am – Grand ground-fireworks and musical display
Sunday 30th August
Feast of Our Lady of Loreto
Mass at 6.00am, 7.30am
9.00am – Pontifical Eucharistic Concelebration of the Solemnity presided by Archpriest Can. Frankie Bajada. The ‘Cappella Diacono’ under the direction of Mons. Gwann Galea will anitmate the concelebration.
Mass continues at 11.00am, 5.00pm
5.30pm – Band March from Sannat’s ‘Santa Margerita’ Band starting from Hamri street and ending in the main square.
6.30pm – Solemn Vespers led by Arcpreist Can Frankie Bajada.
6.30pm – The St Joseph Band Club will play marches from its club’s premises finishing in the main square.
7.30pm – Appearance of the statue of ‘Our Lady of Loreto’. A Pontifical Procession will then start along the main streets. The St Joseph Band proudly accompanies the procession with the perfomance of religious hymns.
7.45pm – Victoria’s Leaone Band will perform a musical program in the main square.
10.25pm – The procession arrives in the main square ending with a triumphal entrance of the statue. Arcpriest Can. Frankie Bajada will then execute the popular antiphon and Eucharistic celebration.