Wednesday, May 21, 2008:

LBV Community Radio transmits from Munxar Parish as from today

The St George’s parish community radio Lehen il-Belt Victoria will be broadcasting the liturgies that are held at the parish church of St Paul, at Munxar, as from today, the first day of the Triduum leading to the feast of St Paul on Sunday.  This year the parish festivities are taking on a special character.  It is not only the 50th anniversary of the parish but the festa almost coincides with the start of Church-wide festivities marking the 2000 years since the birth of the great Apostle.


Last June 28, Pope Benedict XVI declared a year dedicated to St Paul, beginning on June 28, 2008, the eve of the feast of Sts Peter and Paul and continuing through June 29, 2009. The Holy Father said that the year, marking the 2000th anniversary of the Saint's birth, should be used to heighten appreciation for the Apostle to the Gentiles and to his project of promoting the Christian faith and the unity of believers.  St Paul is the special Patron of the Maltese nation.

St Paul is widely venerated in the Maltese islands.  One very important relic of the Saint is "the arm" that is treasured in a silver reliquary in Valletta.  This precious relic is being brought to Munxar, tomorrow, Thursday, and will remain in the parish church for the duration of the festa.  On Sunday it will be carried along the streets of the village during the traditional procession.    The concession for the relic to cross over to Gozo is being given by the ecclesial authorities of Malta on the request of Fr Tonio Galea, parish priest, who is also an honorary canon of St George's basilica.


It is not the first time that Lehen il-Belt Victoria is broadcasting from Munxar.  For several consecutive years the station’s outside broadcasting unit has transmitted a “live” commentary on the procession of the village’s Patron Saint on his festa day. 

But the association of Munxar with Victoria’s St George’s parish runs still deeper.  Mgr Joseph Farrugia, former archpriest of the town basilica, was instrumental in the donation to Munxar of the musical score of Mons. Giuseppe Farrugia’s Antiphon in honour of the Saint.  The renowned composer, who was a priest at St George's parish, lived between 1852 and 1925, and much of his music is performed during the feast of St George in Victoria.. 

The transmissions from Munxar parish church, starting this evening, should win the appreciation of the migrants that hail from Munxar who thus will be able follow “live” the proceedings of their festa.  Il-festa t-Tajba!


Photos by Joe Zammit

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Dun Tonio Galea - Kappillan Munxar  22-May-2008 06:51:16
Nixtieq nirringrazjakom ta' dan l-artiklu sabih li ktibtu rugward il-Festa ta' San Pawl fil-Munxar, l-anniversarju tal-50 sena parrocca, kif ukoll il-bidu tas-sena Pawlina. J'Alla din is-sena tkun ghalina lkoll mument fejn naghrfu aktar il-kobor ta' dan l-Appostlu tal-gnus, imma fuq kollox nitghallmu aktar mill-kitbiet tieghu.
Nixtieq nirringrazja wkoll lit-tema kollhu ta' LBV, mhux biss ghal dan is-servizz ta' zmien il-festa, li huwa mportanti hafna specjalment ghall-anzjani u l-morda, imma wkoll ta' l-opportunita' li naghmlu programm ta' kull gimgha ghall-komunita' parrokkjali taghna.
Niehu din l-okkazjoni wkoll sabiex nistieden il-membri tal-komunita' parrokkjali ta' San Gorg sabiex jinghaqdu maghna f'dawn il-granet ta' Festa.
Joe M Attard  22-May-2008 09:25:05
Nixtieq il-festa t-tajba lill-Munxarin kollha. Wara kollox, kif qal tajjeb il-kappillan zaghzugh t'hawnhekk, il-habib tieghi l-Kan Dun Tonio Galea, San Pawl huwa l-Appostlu tal-Gnus u allura din hija l-festa taghna lkoll. Jalla din il-festa tkompli ssahhah fina l-fidi li gabilna dan l-Appostlu fis-sena 60 AD.

Niehu l-okkazjoni biex nifrah u nawgura Tridu mill-aqwa lill-habib u ex kollega l-Kan Dun Mario Borg (qed nisimghu mid-dar fuq LBV). Qatt ma kelli dubju mill-hila ta' dan l-ghalliem-predikatur!
Emanuel Mizzi  22-May-2008 16:22:36
Nixtieq il-festa t-tajba lil Munxarin.Min ghalija l-istatwa ta'San Pawl giet imbierka fl-1957 fil-knisja kattedrali hu minn hemm ittiehed lejn il- knisja ta' Sannat hu min hemm ittiehed purcissjoni lejn il- Munxar.Ta' min jghid li din l-istatwa hi min l-ewwel statwi li hadem li hadem l-artist il- Kom. Kav Agostino Camillieri

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Close up of St Paul's statue
Close up of St Paul's statue