A celebration of Inclusion at St John’s Co-Cathedral
St John’s Co-Cathedral was packed for the Premiere of the Oratorio “Canticum Vitae” (Song of Life). The Oratorio, which was a celebration of Inclusion, was executed in style by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the composer himself, Mro Hermann Farrugia Frantz. Also taking part were soprano Francesca Aquilina, tenor Charles Vincenti and baritone Alfred Camilleri accompanied by the Cor Bel Canto.
In a short address, Archbishop Mgr Charles J. Scicluna referred to the text of ‘Canticum Vitae’ so beautifully gelled together by Mgr Lawrence Gatt, ex-Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. The archbishop asserted that it has the wisdom of the Word of God that illustrates how beautiful it is to be together, to be brethren together. Id-Dar tal-Providenza is indeed a monument to this profound feeling of fraternal inclusion. emphasis makes so It also reflects the that Pope Francis often in all his gestures and in his words.
Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, introduced the Oratorio ‘Canticum Vitae’ by saying that the Home wanted to show its small appreciation towards the Maltese and Gozitans for their continuous support making it possible to continue offering residential services of the highest quality for the needs of the human person in full respect for its dignity and rights.
Fr Martin appealed to those present to enjoy the musical interpretation of the extracts from the Bible so aptly chosen by Mgr Gatt, but also to be inclusive rather than exclusive because it is a nice and warm feeling to live together as brethren. He ended by saying that we should change the Bible message of inclusion into action.
Revenue from this Premiere goes to Id-Dar tal-Providenza so that it can continue on its mission to see that residents improve and use their abilities in the best possible way so as to ensure their full participation in society.