“His will be done” – Statue of St. Mary inaugurated in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq
At the beginning of the month of August – the month of the Assumption – a three metre high statue of Our Lady was inaugurated in the Church of St. Mary of the Angels in Baħar iċ-Ċaġġaq.
Rosario Borg’s wish came true: a month before he died he wanted a statue dedicated to Saint Mary of the Angels in this area. The statue was inaugurated in a symbolic ceremony with the participation of members from the Department of Civil Protection who placed a wreath in the hands of Our Lady.
The benefactors of the statue are Rosario’s six sons.
Benefactor Jane Vella said: “His wish has materialised. He is definitely seeing it from heaven because if he were here he’d be overjoyed. As happy as we are that we did.”
Rosario’s daughter explained that this idea was born out of a dream her father had.
He was always a great devotee to Our Lady. And she appeared to him and he said he felt it. He felt her next to him, talking to him and telling him that she wanted this from him. Coincidentally they did not have this Madonna and so it was done and become a reality.
The statue was finished in three months.
Artist Ramon Camilleri McKay said: “We modeled it in clay then made it into fiberglass to withstand the elements since it is exposed to rain and sun, it can withstand these elements of nature.”
The community of Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq couldn’t wait to put up the statue of Saint Mary of the Angels. Stephen Mercieca took care of building the base where the statue was placed.
Resident Stephen Mercieca said: “My son gave me a hand. He helped me. We often came at the worst time, when the sun was at its hottest, to finish it off.”
This statue is still of particular significance to Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq.
The guardian of the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, Father Anton Farrugia said: “We want it to be a sign of blessing and protection of this locality. Even the fact that it is outside and not inside blessing those who come to Church and even those who for one reason or another do not come. ”
The Franciscans Minor take care of the spiritual needs of the community in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq where they also have a retirement home.