Choir visit to Malta

If it’s 2008, it must be time for the next St. Mungo Singers Pilgrimage! And where else in the Year of St.Paul but somewhere which would allow the choir to walk in some of his footsteps. The unanimous choice was Malta, which would combine warmth, scenery and history, and so a total of 56 choir members and friends set off on 6 October to St. Paul’s Bay. (Photos by Gerald Barry. Click on images to enlarge.) In fixing the choir programme for the pilgrimage, contact had been made with a number of churches regarding the possibility of holding services in them. One of these was the Cathedral in Mdina and as a result, the St. Mungo Singers were invited to participate in the Mass commemorating the Dedication of the Cathedral which would be presided over by the Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca. So our first port of call on arrival was Mgr. Daguerra, the Dean of the Chapter, to confirm the arrangements for the Mass. It was only when we were leaving his house in Mgarr that we discovered that Mgarr has no taxis and only a half-hourly bus service to the nearest town. How much we take for granted! Tuesday started with a gloriously sunny morning and we took ship for a sail to the Grand Harbour at Valletta on a boat which turned out to be a Calmac...

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