The Xagħra Shrine commemorates the 50th anniversary of the crowning of the statue of Marija Bambina.
To open the festivities marking this event, Bishop George Bugeja OFM, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, presided over a pontifical mass on September 2.
At the end of the mass, an oil lamp was lit in front of the statue of Marija Bambina. It will remain lit all year round during this half-centenary. Before Mass, Archpriest Carmelo Refalo led Solemn Vespers with the participation of the Collegiate Chapter.
Meanwhile, last Saturday, a large number of children recited the Rosary and attended Bishop Refalo’s Mass. The children then received a souvenir and took a ride on a tourist train.
The statue of Marija Bambina was crowned by the late Bishop Nikol Cauchi in the main square on September 2, 1973.
The crown was worn by Chief Justice JJ Cremona, a native of Xagħra. Recently, his son, Marquis Tony Cremona Barbaro, donated to the parish the robe (toga) and biretta used by his father on this special occasion. These are kept in the parish archives for later display in a planned museum.
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