The coronated statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Photos by Stuart Chessman and New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
Scores of pilgrims from around the tri-state area gathered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York on Saturday, July 23rd for the 5th Annual Traditional Pilgrimage. In reverence and humility, many of the participants entered the church on their knees and discalced. Some presented altar flowers to the glory of God.
Warmly welcomed by Pastor Fr. Marian Wierzchowski, festivities began with an edifying talk about the Blessed Mother by Fr. James Miara, pastor of the Church of the Holy Innocents. Confession was also made available.
Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary form was celebrated by Canon Matthew Talarico, provincial superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Fr. Christopher Salvatori was the deacon and Fr. Richard Cipolla, pastor of St. Mary RC Church, Norwalk was the sub deacon. The service concluded with a procession around the church interior.
Members of the congregation were then given the opportunity to venerate the relics of Saint Vincent Pallotti and Saint Elena di Laurino.
Afterward, in a private ceremony in the sacristy, our very own Cav. John Napoli and good friend Cav. Charles Sant’Elia, president of the Comitati Due Sicilie USA, were invested with the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The postulants stood abreast as Fr. Marian conducted the sacred rite. Blessing the scapulars and performing the Aspersion, Fr. Marian awarded the men small wool devotionals. Following the prayers, the devotees embraced and congratulated one another. It was the perfect ending to our pilgrimage.
|Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel|
Getting hungry, we eventually moved on to Margherita NYC, a lively little joint specializing in traditional Neapolitan pizza and pasta dishes. For dinner we enjoyed a delicious dish of cavatelli alla Sorrentina.
In these dark times, when one is constantly inundated with bad news and subjected daily to the cultural and moral decline that comes with the breakdown of civil society, opportunities of fellowship and religiosity like this are becoming increasingly more meaningful and invaluable to our community. I cannot thank the organizers and parish staff enough for giving us this spectacular opportunity to come together and celebrate our faith and culture. Special thanks to the U.S. Delegation of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George for their hard work and continued support in these endeavors. The warmth and sincerity of the participants was truly heartening. I pray for the Traditional Pilgrimage's continued success and look forward to coming back again.
|Decked out in their blue mantles, the Knights of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George partook in the entrance procession|
|Solemn High Mass celebrated by Canon Mathew Talarico|
|During Mass, the flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was displayed next to the altar, beneath the revered statue of the Madonna del Carmine|
(L) Relic of Saint Vincent Pallotti and (R) Fr. Richard Cipolla with the relic of Sant'Elena di Laurino
|Honor Guard stands sentinel by the Sant'Elena di Laurino bye-altar|
|Celebrants gather around the bye-altar to venerate the saint|
|Sant'Elena di Laurino|
|Praying by the bye-altar|
|Back in the sacristy, John, Anthony, Andrew and Charles pose with our gracious host pastor Fr. Marian Wierzchowski|
|Our new friends Antoinette and Pam in the church gift shop|
• Knights of the Sacred Constantinian Order of Saint George Welcomed With Open Arms at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Harlem
• A Look at the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newark, New Jersey
• A Badge of Honor
• For Altar and Throne: Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
• Congratulations Vincent Gangone on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
• Congratulations Charles Sant'Elia on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
• Congratulations John Napoli on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
• Congratulations Michael T. Viola on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
• Congratulations Anthony J. O'Boyle Esq. on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
• Investiture and Mass in the Presence of the Royal Family of the Two Sicilies at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
• A Royal Welcome
• Celebrating the Feast of Saint George with the Sacred Constantinian Military Order of Saint George
• Honoring Francesco II di Borbone in New York City