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Inno Pattriottico Maltese, Mro Luigi Vella

December 2 @ 17:45

𝕴𝖓𝖓𝖔 π•»π–†π–™π–—π–Žπ–”π–™π–™π–Žπ–ˆπ–” π•Έπ–†π–‘π–™π–Šπ–˜π–Š per la proclamazione della nostra autonomia 30 Aprile 1921.
A patriotic hymn composed by Mro Luigi Vella (1868-1950), with verses contributed by Prof. Luigi Billion (1860-1939) dedicated to Dr Filippo Sciberras and Dr Fortunato Mizzi. This hymn was composed when Malta was granted a measure of self-government after 120 years of British rule. It was first premiered in Sliema, on the 22nd of August 1921 to celebrate the event.
The musical score and other transcriptions for 𝘎𝘳𝘒𝘯 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘰, 𝘳π˜ͺπ˜₯𝘢𝘻π˜ͺ𝘰𝘯π˜ͺ 𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘷𝘰𝘀π˜ͺ 𝘦 𝘱π˜ͺ𝘒𝘯𝘰𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘡𝘦 and 𝘱𝘒𝘳𝘡π˜ͺ𝘡𝘢𝘳𝘒 𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘒 𝘣𝘒𝘯π˜₯𝘒 𝘦 2 𝘷𝘰𝘀π˜ͺ were printed in Florence by A. Forlivesi & Co. A year later, 7.5.1922, another transcription in a reduced manner was published for orchestra with instructions to perform the known British Anthem “𝙂𝙀𝙙 π™Žπ™–π™«π™š π™©π™π™š π™†π™žπ™£π™œ” immediately afterwards.
Mdina Metropolitan Cathedral Archives reference ACM Mus. Ms. 1446 and 1455.

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The Metropolitan Cathedral of Malta is gladly presenting a new publication titled,
𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘»π’Šπ’•π’‰π’†π’” 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π‘ͺ𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒄𝒉 π’Šπ’ 𝑴𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒂 π’…π’–π’“π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝑳𝒂𝒕𝒆 π‘΄π’†π’…π’Šπ’†π’—π’‚π’ 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π‘¬π’‚π’“π’π’š 𝑴𝒐𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒏 π‘»π’Šπ’Žπ’†π’”, by Professor Stanley Fiorini.
The Mdina Cathedral Archives houses unique documentation relating to Malta’s late middle ages, both of civil concern as well as ecclesiastical. Early XV-century and later materials on the tithes of the Church in Malta are of interest to both spheres. During the mid-1980s I was attracted to these sources mainly seen then as of great potential for the information of an agricultural nature contained in them. When one starts delving into this material one is soon faced with tantalizing problems: Why are Malta’s tithes so different from similar Church taxation in nearby Sicily and further afield in Italy and Spain? Why are the Maltese tithes payable to the Cathedral dignitaries, the Archdeacon, Dean and Treasurer, unlike the others benefitting the diocese? Given that this taxation is on land property, why are certain fields susceptible to this tax but others contiguous with them not so burthened? What is the real value of the tax nominally a decima or 10%, and how was it levied from the landowner? When was this tax first imposed and on whom and why?
All these questions and others require answers in search of which one needs to dig deep, going back to Norman times, in the process shedding new light on other aspects of crucial interest to Malta’s medieval past. This book explores this terrain and comes up with possible solutions of these enigmas.
The book is available from the archives at the price of 30 Euros. A lecture will be given in October, the date will be announced later on

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Goodbye to Gabriel Farrugia following your 4 years experience at the archives. Wishing you the best on your PhD research in Florence.
Welcome to Elena Muscat who has been appointed as Archives Assistant in the Cathedral Archives.

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Obituary

Monsignor Professor Vincent Borg D.D., H.E.D. Arch. Chr. L.

The Metropolitan Chapter sadly announces the demise of Mgr. Professor Vincent Borg (b.19th Sept 1929-d. 12th July 2022).
Born in Birkirkara, Fr Borg was ordained priest on the 17th March 1956 and he continued to study abroad. In 1961 he obtained a diploma in archive studies from the Vatican School of Palaeography and Diplomatic studies and later in 1967 he obtained a first class doctorate in History from the UniversitΓ  Gregoriana in Rome titled: Fabio Chigi: Apostolic Delegate in Malta (1634-1639). Fr Borg was erected canon of the Birkirkara Collegiate Chapter on 5th May 1957 until he became an effective monsignor of the Metropolitan Cathedral on 13th January 1980. On 13th June 2003 he was assigned with the dignity of precentor. Considered an authority in church history and Paleochristian Archaeology, Mgr Borg taught Church history at the Seminary. Besides his laborious work, he classified and catalogued parts from the archives of the Order of St John at the National Library of Malta and sections of the Curia archives. He led the Faculty of Theology during the difficult years of the late 1970’s and struggled to shift the Faculty at Tal-VirtΓΉ. Borg served as a mediator to bring back the Faculty of Theology to Tal-Qroqq in the late 1980’s. In 1997 Pope John Paul II appointed him Consul of the Church’s Pontifical Commission for Ecclesiastical Patrimony. Besides his numerous responsibilities, Mgr Borg supervised the restoration of the Old Parish Church in Birkirkara. He was also responsible for several archaeological excavations and chaired the Mdina Cathedral Museum and Archives Commission for nearly twenty years between 1994 till 2013. Besides, this he published several works including his four monumental volumes Melita Sacra: the History of the Church in Malta since medieval times.

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Easy Job Bridge has been collaborating with the Cathedral Archives and Museum to host a number of Erasmus students of different ages every year, who seek job experiences to acquire in the process new skills that will strengthen their work possibilities in their own country or elsewhere. Yesterday the Archives welcomed a visit from the EJB staff and some of their foreign European collaborators as part of their tour around Mdina. πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί

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The Metropolitan Chapter, Mdina Malta is delighted to inform you that the upcoming Melita Sacra Volume IV by Professor Mgr Vincent Borg, is about to be printed. Click here to fill in the form, then download it and send it to us by email as indicated in the same form. This way you will reserve the publication, especially because the number of books for sale will be very limited. We hope that the content this two-part volume which covers entirely the eighteenth century, will enrich your Melitensia collection.

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December 2, 2022
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The first lecture held in the Cathedral Archives new library setting, presented a new monumental micro history research on Sallem; a slave in Malta in the early 17th century. The research conducted by Prof Dionisius Agius, Dr Catherine Rider and Dr Alex Malett on one document from the Inquisition criminal proceedings is a window into slavery, healing and magic in early modern Malta.

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The Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter has just purchased two illuminated pieces representing an effigy of St Paul and a replica of a Florentine illuminated letter on vellum with embossed 24K gold by the Maltese-Australian illuminator Susan C.

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A visit by JosΓ© Cura, a world renowned Argentinian operatic tenor and conductor, was held at the Archive of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Mro Cura was accompanied by Catherine Tabone, CEO of the Valletta Cultural Agency.Β  He was highly impressed about the richness of the musical treasures and looks forward for future collaboration.

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The testimonies documented in the Inquisition archives are full of emotional narratives that reflect movement and Mediterranean connectivity. Like this example were an Augustinian friar, born in the Philippines, travelled through Persia and then to Malta via Alexandria; and on the way met a French embroiderer who was in the service of the Persian King also travelling westwards. When both in Malta the Augustinian reported the Frenchman for his Protestant ideals. In view of the feast of St Paul’s shipwreck, that too is a journey that reflects the experience of travellers but also Malta’s strategic location in facilitating East-west connectivity.

A curious reference to a perfumery which existed in the piazza of Valletta and was owned by a certain Gio.Domenico in 1622. In front of such a shop a regettier would set up his stall and on one occasion was taken to the Holy Office for having snatched a meat pastizzo from a slave who passed by carrying a tray of those delicious snacks.

11th January 1693 …”vedevo all’ora la confusione della gente che usciva della Citta Notabile…dopo, un vento forte come turbine che offuscio’ tutta l’aria; resto il vento per tutta la notte e per tutta la notte si sentivano scosse”

First hand account of the earthquake that shook Noto, Ragusa and Malta. In this account we also find reference and sketches to the damage caused to Malta’s Sicolo Norman Cathedral and it’s newly constructed choir.

A mid 18th century handwritten manuscript by a Maltese historiographer Don Bartholomeus Mifusd (later Padre Pelagio) who is considered as one of the most knowledgeable persons about Malta and its antiquities. Besides this, he studied medicine and most probably graduated as Doctor in Arts and Medicine. Most of his manuscripts are conserved at the Cathedral Archives of Mdina, Malta.

Probably the earliest reference to the cave of Ghar Hasan (‘gar chasan’) dated 1624; mentioned in a testimony report in an Inquisition proceeding against a priest of the Parish of Zurrieq. This would mean that the toponym tied to the tragic legend of Hasan and his female victim definitely predates the 17th century.

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December 2, 2022
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