To commemorate the 450th anniversary of the founding of the first Confraternity of the Holy Rosary in the Dominican church of the Annunciation of Vittoriosa, the machine gun of Pope St. Pius V was brought from the papal basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. .
The Dominican Pope St. Pius V has deep historical affinities with Malta, and in particular is a great benefactor of the Capital City of Malta, Valletta.
The Maltese Dominican Province, whose patron is St. Pius V, has special ties with the holy pope since by a decree issued on July 2, 1571, he appointed the prior of the Dominican priority the Annunciation. in Vittoriosa, Fr Damian Taliana OP, as the first parish priest of the first parish of Valletta dedicated to Our Lady of the Safe Harbor.
On the other hand, St. Pius V is the founder of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, after he attributed the Christian victory of 1571 in Lepanto to the request of the rosary.
Devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary has a long history in the Dominican church of the Annunciation in Vittoriosa, dating back to 1540, where there is already an altar dedicated to the rosary along with another in the Dominican church in Victoria. .
Only a short time after the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, in the Dominican church of Vittoriosa, are found two legacies made to the Rosary Confraternity of the Annunciation Church of Vittoriosa, which testify to the existence of the confraternity. already at least until 1571. .
A solemn pontifical mass for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary will be presided over by Archbishop Alessandro d’Errico, Apostolic Nuntio for Malta and Libya on Sunday at 10am in the Dominican church of the Annunciation in Vittoriosa.
In the evening, the solemn vespers begin at 6.30pm, followed by a Eucharistic blessing and the repositioning of the relic. Then, at 7.30pm, a musical concert, given by the Princeps Melitae residential choir under the direction of Mro Stephen Camilleri and organized by the confraternity, will take place outside the Dominican church in Main Gate Street, Vittoriosa.
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