The programme of activities and celebrations on this second day of solemn Triduum was more or less the same as the programme of the first day. This does not mean that it was less overwhelming and less unique. The second day of Triduum started with the celebration of the Vespers, presided by Mgr Felix Tabone, assisted by the Rev Collegiate Chapter and clergy of the basilica. The Laudate Pueri choir has once again enthralled the congregation that overflowed the basilica with the polyphonic music performed by its talented members.
Papas Martin Zammit delivered the second sermon on the life and virtues of our patron saint.
The sermon was followed by the recitation of the popular prayer il-kurunella lil San Ġorġ Martri by Mgr Joseph Zammit, while the orchestra and the male choir prepared themselves for the next celebration. The hymn was followed by the much-loved antiphon Beatus Georgius, sung not only by the choir but also by the large congregation that packed the basilica. The celebrations ended with the Eucharistic blessing imparted by Mgr. George Borg, in which the harmonious and devout Tantum Ergo was sung.
The second day of the Triduum was concluded this morning by the solemn concelebration presided by Archpriest emeritus Mgr Ġużeppi Gauci.
External festivities continued yesterday evening with the performance of band marches by the San Ġorġ band of Ħal Qormi and the Santa Katerina band of iż-Żurrieq. These two bands accompanied the statue of St George, Patron of Gozo. At around midnight, the statue was placed on a pedestal towering over Savina Square. Although the La Stella band did not take part in the march, the committee and members joined the large crowd of people that accompanied the demonstration.