The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is celebrated in the town of Żurrieq in Malta.
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Programme for the Holy Week.
Sunday 21 July The celebrations will commence on Sunday 20 July, whereby the Queen Victoria Band starts a march at 10.00 a.m. from Republic Square, just in front of the Carmelite Society and Queen Victoria Band Club itself. Subsequently, at 12.00 p.m., the Statue of the Lady of Mount Carmel will be transferred from its niche in the Oratory and placed in the Parish Church. The Statue will be greeted on the church’s parvis and accompanied by the said Band.
Monday 21 July A Holy Mass will be celebrated at 6.30 p.m. and animated by the children under the direction of the members of MUSEUM. During this religious function, money will be collected in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. At 8.30 p.m., the Band of St. Joseph, Ħal Għaxaq, will start a march from Republic Square, passing through various streets and back to the said Square.
Tuesday 22 July At 6.00 p.m., the praying of the Rosary and other prayers will take place. Afterwards, at 6.30 p.m., a Holy Mass will be celebrated, dedicated to the Fraternity of the Lady of Mount Carmel. Once again, at 8.30 p.m., the Band of St. George’s, Bormla, will start a march from Republic Square, through several roads and ending up at the foregoing Square.
Wednesday 23 July During the Holy Mass of 6.30 p.m., which will be celebrated by the Archpriest, Dun Charles Attard, babies and children will be blessed and presented to the Lady of Mount Carmel. Afterwards, there will be a Eucharistic Celebration and Sacramental Blessing. The Queen Victoria Band will start a march at 9.00 p.m. from Mons. Pietru Pawl Saydon Street up to Republic Square, whereby a musical programme will be performed under the direction of Mro. Alfred Farrugia L.(Mus) L.C.M.
Thursday 24 July The first day of preparation for the feast will be dedicated to the Religious Vocations. Celebrations will start at 6.00 p.m. at the Parish Church, followed by a Holy Mass at 6.30 p.m., during which, the vice Archpriest, Dun Glenn Buhagiar will preach. Afterwards, a Eucharistic Celebration and Sacramental Blessing will be held in the presence of the Relic. At 8.30 p.m., a march will be performed by the Band of St. Joseph, Ħamrun, starting from Republic Square, through a number of roads and ending in front of the Queen Victoria Band Club.
Friday 25 July On the second day of preparation, ill and elderly people are invited for a Holy Mass at 9.00 a.m., which will be celebrated by Friar Dijonisju Mintoff. Once again, celebrations will start at 6.00 p.m. at the Parish Church, followed by a Holy Mass at 6.30 p.m., during which, the vice Archpriest, Dun Glenn Buhagiar will preach. Subsequently, at about 7.30 p.m., a Eucharistic Celebration and Sacramental Blessing will be performed in the presence of the Relic. At 9.00 p.m., the Queen Victoria Band will start a march from Gio Batta Saydon Street, through the streets of the locality, up to Republic Square.
Saturday 26 July On the eve of the feast, the choir together with vocalists will sing the solemn vespers at 6.00 p.m., followed by a Holy Mass at 6.30 p.m., concelebrated by the Archpriest, Dun Charles Attard. Afterwards, a Eucharistic Celebration and Sacramental Blessing will again be held in the presence of the Relic, with the chanting of the Te Deum Laudamus. Whilst the Band of St. Philip, Ħaż-Żebbuġ will start a march through the streets of Żurrieq at 8.15 p.m., the Duke of Connaught’s Own Band Club, Birkirkara will perform a musical programme in Republic Square at 8.45 p.m. Later, at about 10.00 p.m., both band clubs will march together from Republic Square up to Mattia Preti Square. Spectacular aerial fireworks are let off at 9.45 p.m., synchronised with music by means of the Pyro Master system. Afterwards, at 11.30 p.m., in Mattia Preti Square, the Mount Carmel Fireworks Factory will present a fireworks display accompanied by music.
Sunday 27 July On the morning of day of the solemn feast of the Lady of Mount Carmel, Holy Masses will be celebrated at 6.00 a.m., 7.00 a.m., 8.00 a.m. whereby all children are invited, and 9.00 a.m. which mass will be concelebrated by Canon Dun Jonathan Farrugia. During the latter mass, Canon Dun Antoine Borg will praise the Lady of Mount Carmel and the antiphon Flos Carmeli will be sung, followed by the popular anthem. At 10.45 a.m. the Queen Victoria Band will hold its traditional street march, starting point in front of the Queen Victoria Band Club, through various roads and back to Republic Square. At 6.00 p.m., whilst solemn vespers will be prayed in the Parish Church, two bands, namely, Re Ġorġ V, Mqabba and Peace, Naxxar will march separately through the streets of the locality. At 7.00 p.m., the latter band, together with the soprano Ms Marita Bezzina will perform a short musical programme at the start of the ceremonial procession. While the statue is carried out of the Parish Church, there will be the firing of the salute and aerial fireworks. The National Philharmonic La Valette will start a march at 7.30 p.m. from Main Street and then perform a musical programme in Republic Square. Meanwhile, at 8.00 p.m., the band of Re Ġorġ V, Mqabba will start another march from Dun Ġuzepp Zammit Street ending near the church’s parvis in Profs. P. P. Saydon Street. Prior to the Statue arriving at the Parish Church, at about 9.00 p.m., the anthem of the Lady of Mount Carmel will be played, followed by aerial fireworks by the Mount Carmel Fireworks Factory. Once the Statue is placed in the Parish Church, a Eucharistic Celebration and Sacramental Blessing will be held. Subsequently, members of the said Factory will arrive at the Parish Church, whereby together with the Archpriest, they will thank the Lady of Mount Carmel for the protection provided during the year and the feast. At 11.00 p.m., the Queen Victoria Band will start a march from Main Street up to Republic Square. At 11.55 p.m., festivities will come to an end by the singer Corazon.