December 12, 2016

Celebrating the Mass of the Flags in Polignano a Mare, Apulia

Celebrating the Mass of the Flags inside the Chiesa Matrice Santa Maria Assunta
On December 11th, friends and members of the Fondazione Francesco II di BorboneComitati delle Due Sicilie, Movimento Duosiciliano, Rete Sud, Noi Borbonici, Briganti delle Murge and others, gathered at the Chiesa Matrice Santa Maria Assunta in Polignano a Mare, Apulia, for the S. Messa delle Bandiere, or Mass of the Flags.

The Mass, with traditional blessing of the flags of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, was concelebrated by S.A.R. il Principe Don Alessandro E. di Borbone Due Sicilie, Don Luciano Rotolo and Don Massimo Cuofano. A large flag, donated by the Fondazione Francesco II di Borbone on behalf of HRH Prince Carlo di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, Duke of Castro, the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George and all groups of the Two Sicilies, served as an altar cloth. The great flag will be raised on the ramparts of the Fortress of Gaeta at the upcoming conference in February 2017.

Afterward, participants processed from the church to the Polignano Bridge, to commemorate the 180th anniversary of its construction by HRH King Ferdinand II. Thank you to the Fondazione Francesco II di Borbone for organizing this extraordinary event. Special thanks to our friends Don Massimo Cuofano and the Comitati delle Due Sicilie for sharing your photos. Viva 'o Rre!
A large Due Sicilie flag (measuring about 9ft x 6ft) was used as an alter cloth
(Above and Below) Participants present their flags during the Benediction 
After Mass, participants process to the Polignano Bridge
Also see: Blessing the Flags