Xaghra celebrations taking place for feast of Maria Bambina
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This week, the village of Xaghra is celebrating the feast of its Patron Saint, Maria Bambina, the Church being dedicated to the Birth of the Virgin Mary.
The festivities that take place are therefore to honour Our Lady, the Mother of God, on her birthday – the 8th of September.
The programme for Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of September – Feast Day, is shown below:
Fri. 7 Sep The Festa Eve – Day of Catholic Malta.
08:30 – Solemn Mass celebrated by Mgr Tarcisio Camilleri Vicar General of the Diocese of Gozo, with the participation of the Collegiate Chapter and Clergy of the Xaghra Parish. After Holy Communion, the Te D eum will be sung marking the end of the Novena. The Choir Schola Cantorum Jubilate will animate the liturgy.
17:00 – Mass with homily.
18:00 – Pontifical Solemn Translation from the Passion Oratory to the Basilica led by H.L. Mgr. Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo, with the participation of the Collegiate Chapter and Clergy of the Xaghra Parish, altar boys and Fraternities.
20:00 – Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The Choir Voci Angeliche directed by Mrs Grace Vella animates the liturgy.Sat – FESTA DAY – SOLEMN LITURGY OF THE BIRTH OF THE VIRGIN MARY – Holy Mass at: 05:00, 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 11:00, 17:00.
09:00 – Pontifical Solemn Mass presided by H.L. Mgr. Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo. A delegation from the Cathedral Chapter and the Collegiate Chapter of Xaghra will participate. Fr Richard N. Farrugia, Rector of the Major Seminary, will deliver the homily.
The Mass A Maria Immacolata by Mro V. Bugeja will be performed by an orchestra, soloists and the Choir Jesus of Nazareth of Sliema. At the end of the celebration, the National Anthem will be sung since today is a National Day.
19:00 – The Procession with the statue of Our Lady of Victories (the “Bambina”) leaves the Basilica.
22:00 – Return of the Bambina to the Basilica.
On 7th and 8th September, the orchestra and choir Jesus of Nazareth will be under the direction of Mro Hon. Can. Salv Galea O.P.
External activities for Friday and Saturday are as follows:
Fri. 7 Sep .10:00 Commemoration and re enactment at Victory Square of the Great Siege 1565 and the World War II Siege – This activity is presented by the Xaghra Historical and Re-Enactment Organisation in collaboration with the Xaghra Local Council.
18:00 Victory Band accompanies the Translation with the Relic by H.L. Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo from the Passion Oratory to Victory Square.
20:45 The Ninth Edition of the spectacular fireworks display synchronised to music at Nuffara Hill can be watched at the bottom of 8th Sept Avenue.
21:00 Band March by Mnarja Band (Nadur) followed by a musical programme at Victory Square.
21:30 Victory March – festive band march by Victory Band (Xaghra) and St. Joseph Band (Ghajnsielem) along 26th April 1688, St Joseph and Church Streets.
Midnight: 3D Architectural Show in front of-the Basilica presented by Briju Society of Xaghra feast.
Sat. 8 Sept 11:00 Festive band march by Beland Band (Zejtun Malta) and Precursor Band (Xewkija).
18:00 Band marches by Victory Band (Xaghra) and Leone Band (Victoria) from Victory Band Club to Victory Square.
19:00 Victory Band salutes the Statue of the Bambina while playing the hymn Hdejn in-Nieqa ta’ Marija under the direction of Mro. Joseph Galea L.C.M. and then accompanies the procession playing religious marches.
20:00 Musical programme by Leone Band (Victoria) at Victory Square. 21:30 The statue of the Bambina is given a big welcome on returning to Victory Square towards the end of the procession.
22:00 Solemn entry of the Bambina into the Basilica.
Photographs by Alain Salvary from Tuesday evening