Schola Cantorum Jubilate animated the 11am Easter High Mass at the Basilica of Xagħra which was officiated by Mgr. Carmelo Refalo.

For the introit, the choir sang joyfully ‘Haec Dies’ (Zelenka) to announce the mystery of salvation. The repertoire included Oltarsi’s ‘Missa Cantate Domino’ and pieces by Tallis and Liberto.

This morning liturgy included the rite of baptism that was administered on newborn Krista Refalo. Joseph Camilleri accompanied the choir on the church organ.

The Paschal Triduum comes to an end with the Easter Vigil. Schola Cantorum Jubilate animated this solemn night at Ta’ Pinu National Shrine which started at 8.30pm. The liturgy started with the benediction of the fire, the lighting of the Paschal Candle and the proclamation of the Exultet which was sung by Stanley J. Portelli. Seven readings were read from the Old Testament and a psalm followed each reading. The Psalms were sung by seven choristers (Annalise Said, Anne Marie Bajada, Sephora Galea, Sylvana Cini, Silvianne Cini, Christian Mifsud and Joseph Bartolo). After a joyful ‘Gloria’ (Oltrasi), Marvic Cini sang the proclaiming Alleluia and the Psalm.

Today masses are not celebrated and instead a service known as the Adoration of the Cross is held at 3pm. The choir animated the liturgy at Ta’ Pinu National Shrine.

All bells and musical instruments amongst which the organ, will not play as a sign of mourning for the passion and death of Our Lord.

Today, the church initiates the Paschal Triduum and Schola Cantorum Jubilate animated the Maundy Thursday celebration at Ta’ Pinu National Shrine. During this celebration the church commemorates the Last Supper of the Lord.


Schola Cantorum Jubilate, in collaboration with the Birkirkara Parish Church of St. Mary organised a concert with the aim of raising funds for the restoration of the church’s unique architecture.