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The 30th of August 2011 edition of the Maltese Herald

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The 30th of August 2011 edition of the Maltese HeraldThis weeks August 30th 2011 edition of The Maltese Herald Gozo section is now available for download by clicking here

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The story covered in this weeks issue is:

The inauguration of the set of eight new bells at Ghajnsielem.

Beauty and excellence were the hallmarks in the celebration of the liturgy, performed to inaugurate a set of eight new bells and celebrated within the majesty of sacred architecture which resounded to the rich textures of Dr John Galea’s polyphonic composition ‘Missa In Fractione Panis’ and other 4-part liturgical hymns. The Chorus Urbanus, the ‘Virgo’ Choir and the ‘Lauretana’ choir, together with the Urbanus Festival Brass were under the musical direction of John Galea, who has also been the musical advisor to the Committee in charge of this musical project that will henceforth adorn the eponymous bell tower skyline.

The High Mass and the Liturgical ceremony of the blessing of the eight bells was presided by H.E. Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo, the Archpriest Can Frankie Bajada and other members of the parish clergy. Paul Bergamo, Director of Cornille Havard Foundry, Jean- Claude Quinette bronze relief artist, together with members and artists of the Bell Project Committee members were present. After the mass, the statue of Our Lady of Loreto was taken out of its niche and put in place for the festa days. The inauguration and blessing celebration carries its own evocative ritual that includes the christening of these liturgical instruments. Following the blessing, the bells were pealed and bowls with burning incense put under each of the eight bells. The bells that peal the notes (FA 2, LA 2, Do 3, Fa3, Sol3, La3, Sib3 and Do2) also carry articulate designs relating to the eight beatitudes, carried out by Vince Caruana and coat-of-arms, designed by Paul Stellini. Each bell has a crown with a set of ‘putti’ faces designed by Joseph Chetcuti. The entire project was manufactured at the Cornille-Havard Foundery at Villedieu Les Poeles, in Normandy, France.

It was indeed a joy to hear the spacious Church Square resounding with the joyous pealing of the bells that have been designed to address a four-fold dimension of the project: that of serving as Sanctus Bells, swinging bells and clock bells. The entire set can also function as a ‘carillon,’ to play various melodies that will be programmed to play with electro-magnetic clappers.

Photo by Charles Spiteri – During the celebration of the liturgy performed to inaugurate a set of eight new bells.

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