St Julian by Salvatore Busuttil or Peter Paul Caruana
This day is commemorated in my home town as the feast of
Saint Julian, the titular saint of the village where I was born and grew up,
named precisely St. Julian’s. The old parish church is still very much active
where Mass is celebrated every day, and it has recently been restored. The
painting of Saint Julian behind the main altar is by an unknown artist, but it
could be of either Salvatore Busuttil or Peter Paul Caruana. The inscription
above it reads “Redemit Te Caritas” (Your Faith has redeemed you.) It replaced
the other painting of the Assumption with St Paul and St Julian which was
painted by Antonio Falzon, restored in 1989.
The Assumption with St Paul and St Julian by Antonio Falzon.
Various other paintings exist of
St Julian, but these two are the most treasured by the natives of my hometown.
The festive celebration of Saint Julian is held on the last Sunday in August.
Presently the statue of St Julian is being restored, in preparation for the 125th anniversary of its creation by sculptor Carlo Darmanin.