As a part of the Jubilee Year a Dominican cultural soirée was organized in Malta. Lay Dominican James Souness was singing in one of the choirs and sent us a short account of this evening.
On 29th January: the Maltese Dominican community held another event to commemorate the 800-year Jubilee of the Order. It was in the form of a musico-literary soirée held at the Dominican church at Rabat.
Four Dominican priests spoke on various subjects. Fr Lawrenz Attard talked about the history of the Dominican Order, Fr Joseph Agius about the connections between the Order and the Holy Bible, Fr Tonio Mallia Milanes on the arts and preaching and Fr. Ivan Attard on the Dominicans’ activities in foreign countries.
Apart from these four Priests, there were two Dominican choirs, the Dominican choir of the Annunciate of Vittoriosa, and the Dominican choir St. Thomas Aquinas of Gwardamanga. James’s choir, the choir of Vittoriosa, sang the Panis Angelicus, and O Salutaris Hostia. It is worth mentioning that the words of these two hymns were originally written by none other than St. Thomas Aquinas himself. The music of the Panis Angelicus was by Cesar Franck, whilst that of O Salutaris Hostia was a musical arrangement by Fr Antonin Bonello O.P. The Vittoriosa choir was conducted by Ms Tracy Galea Tabone whilst Mr Robert Buhagiar was the organist.
Many Lay Dominicans and priests were of course present, including the Provincial, Fr Frans Micallef ,and also present was the husband of the President of Malta, Mr Edgar Preca.
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