Easter in Gozo – The Easter vigil and celebration of the Risen Christ
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The Holy Easter Vigil is taking place in churches across Gozo this Saturday evening. Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar since it commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ
Easter in Gozo – is celebrating the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ in a programme of events that have been taking place during Holy Week across the island, including various religious and traditional activities, such as processions, pageants, exhibitions and folklore.
Today, Holy Saturday, the parishes of Gozo, as in Malta, will see the faithful gather in their churches for a solemn religious service and the traditional rituals of the blessing of water and fire.
Lights in the churches will be turned off, and each of the congregation will be invited to light a candle from the Pascal Candle, as the whole church becomes bathed in the glow of flickering candles
Bells ring from churches across Gozo, as scriptures are read and sermons are delivered before the celebrant blesses the Holy Water that is used for baptisms, and the whole congregation confirms their faith by reciting the baptismal vows.
At the completion of the service some of the congregation may linger for a while in the church for a drink, or to take a piece of the traditional Figolla – Maltese almond Easter cake.
Celebrations will be both seen and heard on Easter Sunday, starting from early morning the bells will be welcoming the great news, ringing out across the islands, a traditional march with the statue of the Risen Christ will take place in some parishes following the service.
These marches are usually accompanied by local bands and their popularity has remained undimmed through several centuries.
In Xaghra, on Easter Sunday morning from 8.30am, there is the Easter Festival, organised by the Xaghra Parish, there will be stalls with traditional homemade local savouries all related to Easter, such as pastries, sweets, date rolls, almond pies and Easter eggs. There will also be entertainment of folklore music and a children’s area.
Processions taking place in Gozo on Easter Sunday of the Risen Christ are as follows:
St George’s Basilica, Victoria at 8.45am
Kercem at 9.15am
Xewkija at 9.30am
Nadur at 10.00am
Fontana at 10.30am
Cathedral, Victoria at 10.45am
Qala at 11.00am
Zebbug at 5.00pm
Xaghra at 6.00pm which is part of the Easter Festival
Gharb at 6.00pm
Photograph by Alain Salvary