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SEPTEMBER 8th. NATIVITY OF OUR LADY, THE 'VICTORY MASS'

The Icon of Our Lady of Philermo, as she would have appeared 
annually on this day in Malta, wearing the festal 'dress' given by
Grand Master Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (16th to 18th centuries)
Wednesday 8th September is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the day upon which the Order of Malta particularly honours the Mother of God under the title of Our Lady of Philermo.

It is also the Anniversary of the lifting of the Siege of Malta in 1565, the victory over the Ottoman forces attributed to Our Lady's gracious intercession.

The Annual Victory Mass will be celebrated in the Conventual Church at 6.30pm, followed by a Reception in Fortescue House, to which all are welcome.

The choir Cantores Missae will sing Missa 'Ave Maris Stella' by Victoria, and motets 'Ego flos campi' by Alonso Lobo and 'O sacrum convivium' by Giovanni Croce. The Salve Regina will be to a setting by Schubert.