Sunday, August 30, 2015

Feast of Saint Julian

Statue of Saint Julian (1893)
Today my hometown celebrates the feast of Saint Julian, culminating with a festive procession with the statue of the saint, crafted out of paper-mache by Carlo Darmanin in 1893. The present church was built between 1961 and 1969, and opened officially in 1969, replacing the older, smaller church which was shown in yesterday's post. The present church is semi-circular in form, and with a modern architectural style, as you can see from the photos I took in 2006. 
The new church dedicated to Saint Julian, opened in 1969.
The celebration of the feast includes marching bands, fireworks, but mostly Masses held over a whole week for various parish groups, like children, the youth, members of religious organizations, young couples, etc, besides  a solemn Mass with choir and orchestra held in the morning of the feast day.
The procession with the statue of St Julian

The church packed with people welcoming the statue after the procession

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