Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord with Cavalcata Dei Re Magi

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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord with Cavalcata Dei Re MagiThe Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord is being celebrated next Sunday, the 7th of January, and the village of Xaghra will be marking the Feast with the triumphal entry of the Magi – ‘a Cavalcata Dei Re Magi.

Held for the first time on the island in 2010 – La Cavalcata Dei Re Magi – is organised by the Ghaqda Il-Milied fix-Xaghra and the Xaghra Historical Reenactment Organisation, with the full collaboration of the Xaghra Archpriest Mgr Carmelo Refalo.

This very special event always attracts large crowds of both locals and tourists to the village centre to witness this spectacular scene.

A couple depicting Mary and Joseph carrying the Baby Jesus will make their way through Victory Square at 10.15am, to their place in front of the Basilica followed by a shepherd and a lamb.

The shepherd will pay homage to Baby Jesus and then take his place next to them on the Parvis. La Cavalcata Dei Re MagiThen from three different streets, 8th September Avenue, Triq 28 t’April 1688 and Triq il-Knisja, the three Wise Men on horseback (the Magi) will converge on Victory Square.

They will travel in their rich attire, accompanied by their pages carrying the three biblical presents, gold, incense and myrrh.

The Magi will follow a moving star travelling overhead across the Square until they arrive in front of the ‘Holy Family,’ one by one, they will present their gifts and pay homage to the Baby Jesus.

The Three Wise Men will enter the Basilica to attend the Celebration of the Eucharist, where they will make the offerings at Mass, to be heard at 11.00am.

Photographs: Alain Salvary

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