Morning Masses at 5.00, 6.00, 7.00, at 8.30 (Pontifical Concelebration), at 11.00am and 12.00pm. Evening Mass at 5.00pm.
8.00am: Solemn Singing of the Terce by the Collegiate Chapter, presided by the Diocesan Bishop in the Major Sacristy.
8.30am: Pontifical Concelebration presided by H.E. Mgr Anton Teuma, Bishop of Gozo and Deacon of the Collegiate Lateranensi, assisted by representatives of the Cathedral Chapter, the Chapter and Clergy of the Urban Basilica, and members of the secular and religious clergy. Holy Mass will feature the Mass in D in honour of St George “Princeps Martyrum” composed in 1976 by Joseph Vella (1942-2018).
11.00am: Festive March in the city centre by the Banda San Ġorġ of Qormi and Banda Sant’Elena of Birkirkara. This will conclude with a synchronized fireworks display produced by the La Stella Youth Group.
6.00pm: Solemn Celebration of the second vesper of the Solemnity by the Urban Collegiate Chapter, presided by Archpriest Mgr Joseph Curmi. The Psalms of the Second Vesper of St George, composed by Joseph Vella, will be sung by the Laudate Pueri, the resident choir of the Basilica.
7.00pm: Solemn commencement of the procession with the titular statue of Saint George, greeted by a rendition by the La Stella Band of Georgius natus est (1984), words by Canon Joe Mejlak (1944-2008) and music by Joseph Vella.
7.15pm: The La Stella Band and choir play the hymn A San Giorgio Martire.
7.30pm: Solemn Procession with the titular statue of Saint George presided by Archpriest Mgr Joseph Curmi, with the participation of the Chapter and Clergy of the Basilica, the Religious Orders of Victoria, Seminarians and Parish Fraternities. The La Stella Band plays religious hymns during the procession.
8.00pm: March by the Victory Band of Xagħra from Republic Street to Independence Square, where it performs a concert under the direction of Maestro Joseph Galea.
8.15pm: March by the Banda Mnarja of Nadur from Republic Street to St George’s Square, where it performs a concert under the direction of Maestro Joseph Grech.
10.30pm: Triumphal entry of the statue of Saint George in the Basilica at the end of the procession, accompanied by the massed crowds of Gozitans and Maltese singing the popular hymn Lill-Kbir Martri San Ġorġ (1952), words by Fr Akkursju Xerri OFM (1915-1968) and music by Vincenzo Ciappara (1890-1979).
10.45pm: Antiphon followed by Eucharistic Blessing by Archpriest Mgr Joseph Curmi, which bring to an end the main annual festivities in honour of Saint George Megalomartyr, ancient Protector of the Gozitans.