A cel­e­bra­tion of In­clu­sion at St John’s Co-Cathe­dral

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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