French Pilgrims from St. Eugene Parish & the Schola Sainte Cécile Choir
Between Monday 21st August and Sunday 27th August the community ‘Apostolate of St. Paul Malta, which meets at St. Paul’s Church in Birkirkara, hosted french pilgrims from the Parish of Saint Eugene in Paris, together with their choir Schola Sainte Cécile.
This parish, from the heart of Paris, offers mass both according to the ordinary usage, as well as the traditional form, and as such continues to attract many young people among its congregation.
The choir seeks to provide liturgical music faithful to the rules of ecclesiastical tradition, and is dedicated to the interpretation of gregorian chant and polyphony.
The Parish of Saint Eugene organizes yearly a pilgrimage for its community. This year they chose to visit our island in the footsteps of St. Paul.
Their visit was met with enthusiasm by the members of our community who under the care of Rev. Fr. Nicholas J. Doublet, is entrusted with the celebration of Holy Mass according to the traditional form (also known as the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite).
During their brief stay the group visited various churches around Malta where the Traditional Latin Mass was celebrated, accompanied by Schola St. Cecile choir. Each day was then concluded with the celebration of sung vespers (liturgical evening prayers).
Their visit has proved to be of particular significance for our diocese, given that for the first time, the traditional liturgy has been brought back to a number of our parishes, namely Mdina, Tarxien, Paola, Valletta, and Birkirkara.