Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Every year a Triduum in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived without sin take place in our parish. This year, the three days of the Triduum were Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the 5th, 6th and 7th of December. The Mass began at 6. 00 p.m. preceded by the recitation of the traditional Kurunella which coincidentally was written by Patri Fidiel ofm. cap., who also hailed from Zebbug, Gozo. The homilies were delivered by Fr. Geoffrey G. Attard and he concentrated on the three theological virtues of faith,
hope and charity. On Saturday the 8th of December, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Archpriest Can. Reuben Micallef led the annual pilgrimage to the Qala Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception and celebrated Mass there at 11. 30 a.m. Devotion to the Immaculate Conception in Zebbug is ancient; the old titular painting of the chapel dedicated to the Immaculate Conception in our parish church has attracted devotion since time immemorial and there are also a couple of legends attached to it. Besides, an oil lamp is continually lit next to the image.

Written by: Fr. Geoffrey G. Attard
Images by: Matthew Vella
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