Sunday, January 27, 2013

Saint Julian

Unknown painting of St Julian

This day is commemorated in my home town as the feast of Saint Julian, the titular saint of the village where I was born and grew up, named precisely St. Julian’s. The old parish church is still very much active where Mass is celebrated every day, and it has recently been restored. The painting of Saint Julian behind the main altar is by an unknown artist, but it could be of either Salvatore Busuttil or Peter Paul Caruana. The inscription above it reads “Redemit Te Caritas” (Your Faith has redeemed you.) 
The Assumption with St Julian and St Paul

It replaced the other painting of the Assumption with St Paul and St Julian which was painted by Antonio Falzon, restored in 1989. Various other paintings exist of St Julian, but these two are the most treasured by the natives of my hometown.

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