Saturday, July 26, 2014:
Welcome Address to the Relic of the Arm of St George
While in these day Gozo hosts the precious Relic of the Blood of St Lawrence brought from Amaseno, Italy, we recall with joy and some nostalgia the visit of the Relic of the Arm of St George to our islands between July 14 and 20, 2014. The Holy Relic arrived in Gozo on Tuesday 15 July, and was solemnly welcomed in Victoria at 7.00pm, where Bishop Mgr Mario Grech led a Pontifical Translation to St George’s Basilica, accompanied by the La Stella Band. Archpriest Mgr Pawlu Cardona delivered a Welcome Address at St George’s Square before the Ecumenical Vigil started inside the Basilica. We are publishing here the text in Maltese.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014:
Text of Bishop's Homily on Sunday
At last Sunday’s Pontifical High Mass at St George’s Basilica, on the Titular Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Gozo, H.L. Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo and Dean of the Collegiate Chapter, delivered a 40-minute homily on the strength which comes from God alone as a virtue which shines forth through human frailty, pointing towards St George as a perfect example.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014:
Watch parts of this year's Feast on NET TV tonight
Tonight’s edition of NET TV programme Minn Festa għal Oħra, at 8.30pm, will include a short feature on last Sunday’s celebration of St George’s Feast. Along with short interviews with representatives from the Basilica and the La Stella Society, viewers will also enjoy the main highlights of the Pontifical Procession with the Statue and Relic of St George.
Sunday, July 20, 2014:
The glorious day of the third Sunday of July
Buona festa! This is the day the Lord has made: let us exult and rejoice in it! The blessed dawn of the third Sunday of July is once again endowing us with the privilige to taste some of the beauty of heaven and share in St George’s eternal glory. Gozo and its capital Victoria are en fête as they hail with solemnity their beloved Patron Saint and Protector of old.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014:
Festa month kicks off today, Novena tomorrow
And July it is, we’re in festa mode… The real countdown for St George’s Festa starts today! This year’s programme –full details will be made public in the coming days – contains small variations from the traditional setup of the Festa week: the Relic of the Arm of St George will be solemnly welcomed in Gozo on Tuesday; thus, the titular statue will be brought out of its niche on Sunday morning.
Monday, May 19, 2014:
St George makes it to the London National Gallery
Between March 19, Solemnity of St Joseph and June 15, Paolo Veronese’s masterpiece The Martyrdom of St George revered at the Chiesa di San Giorgio in Braida of Verona will be included in the National Gallery of London’s exhibition entitled “Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice”. A quick search into Wikipedia will reveal that Paolo Caliari, known as Paolo Veronese (1528 – 19 April 1588) was an Italian Renaissance painter based in Venice, most famous for large history paintings of both religious and mythological subjects, such as The Wedding at Cana and The Feast in the House of Levi.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014:
Highlights of St George's 175th anniversary celebrations
The highly anticipated festivities marking the liturgical feast of St George were, this year in particular, celebrated with due solemnity fitting for the 175th anniversary commemorating the triumphant arrival, in 1839, of the artistic titular statue of St George, ably sculpted in wood by Valletta artist Pietro Paolo Azzopardi.
Sunday, May 4, 2014:
Morning procession crowns Anniversary festivities
“San Ġorġ riedha!” [St George willed it!]. This was the most common expression on people’s lips this morning, as the April-May festivities in honour of St George, Patron Saint of Gozo, marking the 175th anniversary of the first titular statue on the island, came to a successful ending.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
Holy Week celebrations at Saint George's
The solemn celebrations at St George’s Basilica commemorating the last hours of Christ the Redeemer leading to His final sacrifice on the Cross and to His foretold and victorious Resurrection were once again celebrated in utmost respect, dignity and style.
Monday, April 14, 2014:
Special April-May celebration highlights announced
The main highlights of the special April-May celebrations in honour of St George, Patron Saint of Gozo, marking the 175th anniversary of the titular statue sculpted in 1839 by Pietru Pawl Azzopardi, have been announced by St George’s Basilica over the weekend.
Thursday, March 27, 2014:
Dublin Choir to sing for Lent at St George's Basilica
The St Teresa’s Church Choir of Dublin, Ireland, will be giving a Sacred Music Concert for Lent at St George’s Basilica, on Friday 4 April at 8.00pm. The choir of eleven singers – an excellent liturgical choir and probably the best of its kind in Ireland – will be under the direction of Gráinne Gormley. It specialises in sacred polyphony from the 16th century to the present day, and in particular the works of Victoria, Palestrina and Lassus.