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The Infant Jesus of Prague Protector of the unborn child

25/09/2013 

The Maltese Association together with the Consulate for the Czech Republic celebrated the feast of the Infant Jesus of Prague. The liturgical celebrations were specially dedicated to the rights of the Unborn Child. This celebration is a public statement of the Maltese Association’s commitment to defending the helpless and the defenceless, with a particular focus on the defence of the rights of the unborn child. It is also intended to be a faithful reflection of the Christian values treasured by the Maltese people. A number of organisations that are active in this field were invited and participated in this special event.

The celebrations commenced at 6.30 p.m. with a procession four of our members carrying the statue. The Laudate Pueri choir under the able direction of The Rev. Canon George Frendo accompanied the pilgrimage, singing hymns of praise throughout.

After walking down part of Merchant Street and back up Republic Street, the pilgrimage returned to Our Lady of Victory Church in Pjazza de la Valette. H.L. Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Charles Scicluna accompanied by Maltese Association Principal Chaplain Mgr Lawrence Gatt and other members of the Reverend Clergy, some of whom were Chaplains of our Association, tcelebrated High Mass. The Laudate Pueri choir’s singing provided a magnificent backdrop to the service.

During the homily, His Lordship Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna, stressed how pleased he was that Maltese Association had associated with the cause of the unborn child. He emphasised the value of human life and the respect for the unborn in the womb.

Daniel de Petri Testaferrata and Michael Grech read the first and second lessons whilst Tonio Casapinta read the bidding prayers.

The offertory was taken up by Chris Galea and Tonio Casapina

At the end of High Mass, Philip Farrugia Randon, President of the Maltese Association read the Prayer of the Order and in a short address, thanked His Lordship for honouring us with his presence and leading this pilgrimage.

After Mass, Bishop Scicluna led the celebration of benediction again accompanied by singing from the choir.