Sunday, 31 March 2013

Easter Sunday at Xaghra Basilica

by Stefan Attard

Cristo-Risorto-by-BergognoneA new day has started with the church bells joyfully ringing and announcing to the world that Christ is risen.

Schola Cantorum Jubilate kept its weekly commitment and animated the 11am mass at the Basilica of Maria Bambina at Xagħra. Mass was officiated by Mgr. Arc. Carmel Refalo and the choir was accompanied by Joseph Camilleri on the organ.

Schola Cantorum Jubilate welcomed the Minister of God by singing a jubilant ‘Surrexit Christus Alleluia’ while during today’s liturguy ‘Missa Cantate Domino –a quattro voci’ by Giuseppe Oltrasi was performed. Between readings Cantor Stefan Attard led the  congregation with the Psalm: ‘Dan hu l-jum li għamel il-Mulej’ composed by Paul Portelli. The gospel acclamation together with a piognant easter Alleluia set to music by the same Portelli were interpreted. During the offering prossecion Gustalv Holst’s hymn ‘L-ikel tal-Ħajja’ was performed. When holy communion was distributed the choir interpreted Mgr. Liberto’s ‘Io Sono Risorto and the hymn ‘Ir-rgħaj u s-sid tiegħi’. The mass ended with the Gregorian Chant of ‘Regina Cœli’.

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