Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fishermen Mass

Fishermen Mass at St Julian's (click to enlarge)
Today kicks off officially the celebrations in honor of Saint Julian in my home parish of the same name. An open air Mass is celebrated in the evening near the seashore, followed by the blessing of boats and the fishermen, whose busy ‘lampuki’ seasons starts now. Lampuki are popular fish caught in the Mediterranean between now and November. A small statue of St Julian is also brought to the area by boat, accompanied by marching bands.  A few years ago I did a watercolor impression of the Fishermen Mass, while the photos below shows a section of the congregation attending the Mass, celebrated by the parish priest or pastor of St Julian’s parish.
The congregation attending the Fishermen Mass by the seashore

The Mass is followed by an evening of Maltese music, food and fellowship. All this coming week, I will share more photos and events of this week-long celebration, culminating with the procession with the statue of Saint Julian on Sunday August 25.

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