On November 7th the 800-year Jubilee of the Dominican Order began. This was celebrated not only in Santa Sabina in Rome, but also in many places around the world. A report from Malta.
The official celebrations began in Rabat, an old town in the northern region of Malta. First there was the reciting of the rosary by the Dominican nuns. Then there was a procession from the priory to the Dominican church, dedicated to Our Lady. The procession was led by the Archbishop emeritus Mons. Paul Cremona O.P. and the Provincial Fr. Frans Micallef. Various Priors, sub-priors and other friars and lay Dominicans joined the procession, including Fr. Frank Borg and Fr. Claudio Borg, the Prior and sub-prior of Vittoriosa.
The church was full of people as many lay Dominican Fraternities attended. Before the Mass started, a message from the Master of the Order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré, was read and shown on the big screen set up in the church.
The singing during the Mass was done by two choirs: the Kerigma choir of Rabat and the Dominican choir of the Annunciate of Vittoriosa. James, a Lay Dominican, sang the jubilee hymn, the Pater Noster and the Te Deum in Latin, besides other hymns, with his choir during the Mass. The other choir, with guitars, sang other popular hymns.
The whole celebration took almost two hours, and it was followed by a grand reception for all those who took part in this memorable and historic occasion, which is the official opening of the year commemorating the 800 years since the foundation of our Order.
You find the greeting of the ECLDF on 7 November here.