The male section performing “Miserere Mei” during the Tenebrae ceremony

Chorus Urbanus had a pretty busy schedule during the Holy Week ceremonies held in Victoria and Fontana. On Wednesday 17th April, the male sections of the adult choir performed in Tenebrae that was organised by the Ghaqda Dilettanti tal-Gimgha l-Kbira with the collaboration of the Ministry for Gozo. During the event there was a re-enactment of the now defunct ceremony of the extinguishment of the candles as a sign of the mourning environment commemorating Jesu Christ’s Death. During this re-enactment, that was held in St. Sabina’s Church in Victoria, the choir performed “Miserere Mei”.

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Later, the children’s choir accompanied a procession re-enacting what was termed the “Black Procession” that used to be organised on Good Friday during which poor people and slaves used to take part. The children performed Holy Week hymns and chants as the procession proceeded along the winding streets of central Victoria. At the end of the procession, there was a re-enactment of the Last Supper of Christ during which all those present had the opportunity to taste the traditional food that used to be served in Christ’s times during the Feast of the Passover.

John Galea announcing the Good News of Christ’s Resurrection – Easter Vigil (Fontana 20.04.2019)

As has become customary now for these last years, the Choir was invited to animate the liturgy in Fontana during the Paschal Triduum. The Choir animated the functions of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil during which the choir performed the jubilant “Resurrexit” by Marco Betta, a stark contrast to the sombre “Agios O Theos” by John Galea that the choir performed during the Adoration of the Cross on Good Friday.


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