To mark the 1700 year anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Blaise, the Dubrovnik City Council has proclaimed 2016 the ˝Year of St. Blaise˝ in Dubrovnik. Worship of the patron saint is enshrined in the very being of people from this region, and the fact that 2016 will be the year of our patron saint obliges us to honour him with programs whose focus will centre on him – good old man Blaise.

The Program of the Year of St. Blaise includes various manifestations, cultural events, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, and workshops, and is intended for all generations of people from Dubrovnik, as well as for all tourists and visitors who will become acquainted with the importance of St. Blaise through such programs. Through song, word, music, and art, the people of Dubrovnik will honour their patron saint throughout 2016, both through religious and secular programs. Dubrovnik’s desire is to share the Festivity of St. Blaise with the world, in its unchanged state and with the impact that it has had on generations of people from Dubrovnik, as well as the impact it has had on life overall in Dubrovnik.

Programme:

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

6:45 am Patriotic Hymn
Platoon of Dubrovnik Musketeers
Great Pier in the Old City harbour
7:00 am Liturgy of the Eucharistic
         Church of St. Blaise
7:00 am Patriotic Hymn
Organised by: City of Dubrovnik Marching Band
          Stradun
7:30 am Parade of musketeers, city band, and standard bearers
10:00 am Celebratory Liturgy of the Eucharistic, followed by Procession
led by His Eminence Cardinal Vinko Puljić, Archbishop of Vrhbosna, special emissary of Pope Francis, In front of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
1:00 pm Banquet in honour of St. Blaise (traditional dirty macaroni, doughnuts, and a glass of wine), Luža
2:30 pm Dubrovnik Folk Dance – the Lindjo dance ˝kolo˝
Organised by: the Dubrovnik Littoral Wedding Association
In front of the Church of St. Blaise
3:30 pm Banner men greet the Cathedral, bishops and Grand Masters
In front of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
4:00 pm Tombola (Eng: raffle)
In front of Luža

Thursday, 4 February 2016
12:00 Photography Exhibition by A. Bedros
Organised by: Friends of Armenia Association
          Entrance Hall of the John Paul II Hall

Saturday, 6 February 2016
10:00 am ˝St. Blaise Tournament˝
Organised by: Dubrovnik Tennis Club
Tennis courts at Lapad Bay
7:30 pm Concert ˝In Honour of Saint Blaise/In honorem Sancti Blasii˝
Performed and organised by: The Croatian Singing Association ˝Slavulj˝ (from Petrinja) and the Cathedral Madrigals (from Dubrovnik), City Parish of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Dubrovnik
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Sunday, 7 February 2016
8:00 am gathering of banners and pilgrims
In front of the Church of St. Blaise and walk to Gorica
9:00 am Celebration of St. Blaise at Gorica, holy mass
led by the Most Reverend Prof. Ivan Bodrožić
Gorica of St. Blaise
12:00 pm Return of standard bearers to the City and Closing of the Festivity of St. Blaise In front of the Church of St. Blaise

 

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