Dun Karm Psaila – Malta’s National Poet – wrote the lyrics for a Eucharistic hymn, ‘T’Adoriam, Ostia Divina’, to be sung during the celebrations which took place throughout the XXIVth International Eucharistic Congress held in Malta in 1913. The music score for this hymn was composed by Maestro Giuseppe Caruana. The hymn’s melody and lyrics were a success and were eventually taken home by many of the foreign dignitaries present for the Congress, adopted, translated, and sung in many countries outside Malta.
It seems that the lyrics – expressive of Divine Love in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist – have made it so popular and, a hundred years later, are still sung today. This publication includes two studies, both dealing with the Holy Eucharist; one recollects the
vicissitudes of the hymn and assesses its exegesis, the other discusses the Eucharist as the viaticum: the Christian food for this earthly journey.
In the ‘Foreword’ Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo, invites the readers to reflect upon the Eucharist, the fountain and summit of Christian life, and make it known and loved through their witness. To those who are responsible for the liturgical animation
of their communities, these pages will prove to be a truly existential challenge.
|HECTOR SCERRI, a priest of the Archdiocese of Malta, graduated in theology at the University of Malta and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He is Head of the Department of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, University of Malta, Director of the Foundation for Theological Studies and President of the Theological Commission and the Ecumenical Commission, Malta. He is the author of a large number of scholarly articles and books, and is a member of various international theological societies.|
|JOE ZAMMIT CIANTAR, a graduate of the University of Malta, is a retired Senior Lecturer in the Department of Maltese, University of Malta Junior College. A member of the International Committee of Onomastic Sciences of Belgium, the International Society of Dialectologists and Geolinguists, and of the editorial board of Atlas Linguarum Europae of Firenze. He authored several scholarly papers published in local and foreign journals, and a number of books, including The Placenames of the Coast of Gozo (Malta) (Malta, 2000) and Il-Priedki bil-Malti ta’ Ignazio Saverio Mifsud (Malta, 2008).|