Popular band march around Victoria for the Feast of St George
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This morning the popular band march for the Feast of St George, got underway at 11am around the heart of Victoria.
The weather was perfect, not too hot, and the large crowds enjoyed every minute of the march lead by the San Gorg (Hal Qormi) and Sant’ Elena (Birkirkara) Bands.
It came to an end at around 4.15pm to the sight and sound sight of fireworks with paper canon, accompanied by music, the strong wind making sure that the paper and smoke was blown across the rooftops and streets of Victoria.The programme of celebrations, both internal and external continues this evening:
Sunday – SOLEMNITY OF ST GEORGE
6.00pm: Solemn celebration of the Second Vespers of the solemnity, presided by Mgr Joseph Sultana, Archpriest of the Cathedral.
It-Tieni Vespri tas-Solennità ta’ San Gorg, composed by Prof. Joseph Vella, will be performed by the Laudate Pueri Choir.
6.15pm: The La Stella Band marches from Republic Street to St George’s Square.
7.00pm: The La Stella Band of Victoria hails the appearance of the statue of the diocese’s heavenly protector at the bronze portals of the parish of Gozo, with the religious hymn Georgius natus est (Can. Joe Mejlak – Prof. Joseph Vella).
7.15pm: The Gozitans present in the square join the La Stella Band in saluting their patron saint with the execution of the immortal hymn A San Giorgio Martire (Prof. Luigi Billion – Mro Giuseppe Giardini Vella), with the participation of tenor Antonino Interisano (Italy), bass Louis Andrew Cassar (Malta) and the choir of the Philharmonic Society.
7.30pm: PONTIFICAL PROCESSION ALONG THE MAIN STREETS OF THE CITY, LED BY MGR. JOSEPH SULTANA, ARCHPRIEST OF THE CATHEDRAL, WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE COLLEGIATE CHAPTER, THE CLERGY OF THE URBAN BASILICA, MEMBERS OF RELIGIOUS ORDERS OF VICTORIA, SEMINARIANS OF THE DIOCESE AND THE CONFRATERNITIES OF THE PARISH. THE LA STELLA BAND ACCOMPANIES THE PROCESSION WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF RELIGIOUS HYMNS.
8.00pm: Band march by the St Gregory Band(Kercem), from St Francis Square to Independence Square, followed by a musical programme at the square by the same band, under the direction of Mro Mark Gauci.
8.15pm: Band march by the Mnarja (Nadur) Band, from Republic Street to St George’s Square, followed by a musical programme at the square by the same band, under the direction of Mro Joseph Grech.
10.30pm: The Maltese and Gozitan crowds present in Victoria greet the statue of St George at the square as the procession arrives at the basilica, with the singing of the popular hymn Lill-Kbir Martri ta’ Kristu (Rev. Accursio Xerri ofm – Mro Vincenzo Ciappara).
10.45pm: Triumphal entrance of the statue of St George at the basilica, followed by the execution of the Antiphon Beatus Georgius and Eucharistic Benediction, celebrated by Archpriest Mgr Joseph Curmi as a conclusion to Gozo’s feast in honour of its patron St George.
Photographs by Alain Salvary