Thursday, May 15, 2008:
Archpriest urges daily prayer to St George
In his homily on the first Thursday of devotions in preparation for the feast of St George, archpriest Mgr Paul Cardona called on the parishioners to pray for the intercession of “our Patron” every day. He called on us to recite the Kurunella ta’ San Ġorġ and it-Talba għall-interċessjoni ta’ San Ġorġ on a daily basis.
Mgr Cardona presided at concelebrated high Mass with Mgr Carmelo Scicluna and Can Saverio Calleja serving as first concelebrants. Parish Vicar Can. Felix Tabone and Can. John Mercieca also concelebrated. Two special guests were Mgr Coronato Grima who was on holiday from Gibraltar and Father George Attard, guardian of the Franciscan Conventuals of Victoria. Mgr Joseph Farrugia, archpriest emeritus, assisted in choral robes and then celebrated the last Mass of the day, right after the high Mass.
Archpriest Cardona, wearing a Gothic-style chasuble in brilliant red, introduced the Mass by inviting the congregation to seek spiritual renewal on the example of St George. He said that St George, as patron of Gozo, was a model of Christian life for all the islanders. In his homily, inspired by the Gospel reading of the day, he dwelt on the relation between St George and Christ and encouraged his listeners, attending in church or listening to him through the parish radio station Leħen il-Belt Victoria, to make good use of the coming weeks to become more perfectly conformed to Christ.
People flocked into St George’s basilica throughout the day and tens of candles lit up the chapel where the devotional statue of St George is kept. Silver sanctuary lamps hang on both sides of the niche, and people walked into the chapel to view the statue and pray to the Soldier Saint.
Members of the Schola Cantorum Gregoriana sang Latin plainchant with the congregation joining in with the responses.
Next Thursday, it-Tieni Ħamis ta’ San Ġorġ, Can. George J. Frendo will say the main Mass and deliver the sermon.
Archpriest Cardona preaching the First Thursday