THE INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE – PROTECTOR OF THE UNBORN CHILD
The Maltese Association together with the Consulate for the Czech Republic once again celebrated the Feast of the Infant Jesus of Prague. The purpose of this annual event is both to create public awareness and to carry out a public statement of the Maltese Association regarding its commitment to the defence of the rights of the unborn child. At the same time there is emphasis on the Order’s calling to defend the helpless and the defenceless. The liturgical celebrations reflected also the Christian values treasured by the Maltese people in this respect. 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 with the statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague through the streets of Valletta, accompanied by the clear voices of the Laudate Pueri choir, singing hymns of praise, such as Nadurawk ja ħobż tas-sema. The director of the choir is Rev. Canon George Frendo.
This procession, which is a de facto pilgrimage, went from the Our Lady of Victory Church at Pjazza Jean de Valette through Merchants Street, Melita Street, Republic Street and returning to Our Lady of Victory Church.
The main celebrant was Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona assisted by the Principal Chaplain of the Maltese Association – Mgr Lawrence Gatt, Mgr Paul Vella, and Rev. Canon Carmelo Busuttil.
The Laudate Pueri choir’s singing provided an essential and most impressive aspect to the service. At the end of High Mass, the President of the Maltese Association, Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata read the Prayer of the Order.
After the church function, light refreshments were served at Casa Lanfreducci. Four members of the German Association from Hannover who were here in Malta for a short visit, were very pleased to participate in this event. They regretted that in Germany such occasions had become very rare.