Chorus Urbanus animated the liturgical services during the Holy Week at Fontana, which started on Maundy Thursday with the solemn mass celebrating the commemoration of the Last Supper presided by Rev Canon Simon M. Cachia. John Galea’s Missa Deo Gratias for SATB choir was performed together with motets by Galea, Palestrina and Dun Karm Xerri . The service ended with the singing of Giuseppe Caruana’s eponymous hymn ‘Nadurawk ja Hobz tas-sema’ at the end of the procession towards the Altar of the Reposition adorned with exquisite flower arrangements by our secretary Mr George Sacco Xerri.

The service on Good Friday started at 3pm and included the central liturgy of the Adoration of the Cross during which the choir performed John Galea’s  moving Improperia and the emotionally saturated Crux Fidelis.

The Easter Vigil liturgy, on Saturday evening is the most beautiful liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church. The service commenced at 8pm with the singing of the Exultet  soon after the proclamation of ‘The Light of Christ!’

The Easter Vigil is articulated in four parts

i) liturgy of the Light: the proclamation of the ‘Light of Christ’ followed by the chanting of the Exultet !

ii) the liturgy of the Word: consisting of nine readings, seven from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament. These readings are intended to help the congregation meditate on the wonderful works of God for his people since the beginning of time.

iii) the liturgy of Baptism: consisting of the chanting of the Litany of Saints, the renewal of the Baptismal vows and the blessing of the Water.

and iv) the liturgy of the Eucharist

The music that was performed on this Easter vigil featured works by Ronald Camilleri, Marco Frisina, John Galea, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Marco Betta.

We wish all our followers a truly Blessed Easter!


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