April 30, 2015

Announcing the 2015 Feast of SS. Crocifisso Di Ciminna, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Celebrating the Feast of Saint George with the Sacred Constantinian Military Order of Saint George

Members of the U.S. Delegation of the Sacred Constantinian Military Order of Saint George gather at Holy Innocents Church for their patronal feast day 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli

Last Thursday, April 23rd, was the Feast of Saint George, and I had the great pleasure of attending a Tridentine Mass at historic Holy Innocents Church in Manhattan to celebrate it. Also known as Latin Mass or Old Mass, the ritual is so beautiful and moving that it simply must be experienced. Invited by the U.S. Delegation of the Sacred Constantinian Military Order of Saint George, I can think of no better way to celebrate the Saint’s Feast than to be surrounded by the Knights and Dames of his Order as we worshipped.

Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form was sung with celebrant and homilist Cav. Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Ambrosio. During his homily, Monsignor Ambrosio spoke at length about the Order and Christian chivalry. The service was enriched by a brilliant performance of Saverio Mercadante's (1795-1870) celebrated Mass for Three Voices by the church choir and organist. My experience was further elevated with the opportunity to venerate a first-class relic of Saint George.

The ceremony concluded with a thunderous rendition of Inno al Re, the national anthem of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, composed by Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816) and a few kind words from His Excellency Cavaliere John M. Viola, U.S. Delegate of the Sacred Constantinian Military Order of Saint George, before ending with the Prayer of the Order.

After Mass, guests joined the Knights for dinner and drinks at nearby Arno Ristorante. We enjoyed a sumptuous four-course meal filled with interesting conversation. It felt good to mingle with like-minded people and make new friends.

I want to thank Delegate John M. Viola and all the members of the Order for their gracious hospitality. It was an honor to stand among you during the Feast of Saint George. Evviva San Giorgio!
A look inside historic Holy Innocents Church
The Crucifixion by Constantino Brumidi on the East Wall
The Holy Innocent's church choir performed a beautiful rendition of Saverio Mercadante's Mass for Three Voices
Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Ambrosio, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newark, New Jersey spoke at length about the Order and Christian chivalry
The faithful prepare to receive Holy Communion while kneeling at the altar rail
Members of the Order venerate the first-class relic of Saint George
His Excellency Cavaliere John M. Viola, Delegate of the Sacred Constantinian Military Order of Saint George, addresses the audience
(Above and below) Departing Holy Innocents Church
(L-R) Hon. Cav. Pasquale Menna, Esq. and His Excellency Cav. John M. Viola, Delegate of the United States Delegation
The first-class relic of Saint George
A toast and a prayer before dinner

April 28, 2015

A Look at the 2015 Feast of Maria SS. Della Misericordia in Brooklyn, New York

Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli

Hundreds of devotees gathered at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Sunday afternoon (April 26th) to celebrate the annual Feast of Maria SS. della Misericordia (Our Lady of Mercy), patroness of Fontanarosa in Provincia di Avellino. Warmly welcomed, we celebrated Mass in English and Italian with Father Michael Zunno. The crowning moment (pun intended) came with the coronation of the Madonna and Child with the triple diadem, recalling the legend of the discovery of the sacred image of the Blessed Mother in a well. Three times the effigy was brought to the church, and three times it miraculously returned to the well until finally the townspeople decided to build a sanctuary at the location.

After Mass, Our Lady was brought out to the expectant crowd with much fanfare by Anthony’s Italian American Marching Band. The statue was placed on a float and accompanied by a group of adorable children dressed as Papal Guards, Angels and (in the case of one lucky young lady) the Madonna. Blessed with terrific weather, the procession sauntered through the neighborhood, stopping on occasion so parishioners could offer donations.
A couple of hours later, we returned to OLMC for the benediction and the statue was placed back in its place of honor in the church’s impressive “Hall of Saints.” The celebration continued next door in the school gymnasium, where we were treated to a splendid repast replete with all our favorite southern Italian delicacies. In addition to the food, partygoers enjoyed plenty of music, dancing and good company. The evening ended with a raffle drawing full of wonderful prizes.
I want to thank President Joe DiTalia and all the members of the Società di Maria SS. della Misericordia for their hard work and dedication. With the many challenges facing our community, it is no easy task maintaining our beloved cultural and religious traditions. They did a fantastic job and deserve our thanks and praise. I especially want to thank Buffy, Franca and Rosa for their warmth and hospitality. They went above and beyond to make me feel welcome. Needless to say, I always have a good time at these events, but this group is up there with the best of them. I look forward to celebrating with them again next year. Evviva Maria!
Children offer roses to Our Lady 
Young ladies present the crowns for the coronation
President Joe DiTalia crowns the Madonna and Child 
Adorable Ivana and Alexander with proud mama, Franca Zollo-Soric
The society's pride and joy 
Hark! Who goes there?
The Swiss Guard have nothing on these diligent little soldiers 
Leaving Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 
The statue is carried to the float 
The young ones ride on the float with the statue
Young ladies carry the society banner
Members rally around the standard
The color guard led the way
The procession passes Mount Carmel Triangle, a memorial for the original location of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Members take turns carrying the standard
Anthony's Italian American Marching Band
Young ladies collect donations and hand out prayer cards 
The procession makes its way through the neighborhood 
The parade returns to the church 
The festivities continued next door in the gymnasium
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April 27, 2015

Congratulations Lorenzo On Your First Holy Communion

April 25, 2015
Congratulations Lorenzo on your first Holy Communion. May God's love and blessings be with you always.

Photo of the Week: Fontana del Carciofo

Fontana del Carciofo (Artichoke Fountain), Napoli. Public fountain in the Piazza Trieste e Trento (formally Piazza San Ferdinando), inaugurated on April 29, 1956. Photo by New York Scugnizzo

April 22, 2015

April 20, 2015

Photo of the Week: Painted Ceramic Wall in Vietri

Painted ceramic wall depicting a Saracen slave raid in Vietri sul Mare 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

April 18, 2015

Feast Day Mass in the Extraordinary Form for Saint George at the Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC

Sponsored by the American Delegation of the Sacred Constantinian Military Order of St. George
Church of the Holy Innocents
128 W 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

On Thursday, April 23rd at 6:00 pm, at the Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan, the American Delegation of the Sacred Constantinian Military Order of St. George will sponsor on the occasion of their patronal feast day an Extraordinary Form Missa Cantata to be sung by the Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Ambrosio, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newark, New Jersey, and personal chaplain to His Excellency Cavaliere John Viola, Delegate. A choir will sing Mercadante's Mass for Three Voices, and following Mass, a first class relic of the Martyr St. George will be venerated by the faithful.
Members in Church Mantle shall assemble at 5:30 PM.

Announcing the 2015 Feast of Maria Santissima Della Misericordia, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

For more info visit the Società Maria SS. Della Misericordia of Facebook

Announcing the 45th Anniversary Feast of Maria Santissima Incoronata, Orange, New Jersey

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April 16, 2015

A Look at the 2015 Festa Della Madonna Dell'Arco in Ridgewood, Queens

The fujenti arrive at the church with a picture of the Madonna dell'Arco
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Sunday, April 12th, dozens of pilgrims and fujenti (devotees of the Madonna of the Arch) gathered at St. Matthias Church in Ridgewwod, Queens for the Third Annual Festa Della Madonna Dell'Arco. Mass was celebrated in Italian with Father Vincent Miceli, followed by a short procession around the parish to the nearby Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center. The celebration continued inside the center's Senator Maltese Hall, where about 200 revelers enjoyed a sumptuous meal, terrific music and lots of dancing with DJ Millennium.

I want to thank Nicola Trombetta, President of the Federazione delle Associazioni della Campania USA, for inviting me. Special thanks to President Giovanni Toscano, his wife Barbara and the rest of the Società Madonna SS. dell'Arco for their hard work and giving us this wonderful opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate our faith and our culture. I had a terrific time and look forward to celebrating with you again next year. Evviva Maria!
Entering Saint Matthias Church
Devotees kneel and pray before the image of the Blessed Mother
After Mass, members of the Società Madonna SS. dell'Arco gather outside Saint Matthias Church for a few pictures
It's alway great to see our friends from the Società Gioventú Quagliettana
The procession saunters through the neighborhood
A good turnout on a beautiful Sunday afternoon
The fujenti sang hymns along the way
(Above and below) celebrants pose for pictures with the image of the Madonna
back at the Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center
Frances (right) and the gang enjoying the festivities at the center
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