January 8, 2017

Celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Harlem

After Mass, Celebrants and Altar Servers pose for a photo
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
My Constantinian brethren and I joined scores of parishioners Friday evening for the Feast of the Epiphany at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Pontifical Shrine in East Harlem, New York (448 East 116th St.). Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form was sung by celebrant and homilist Reverend Marian Wierzchowski SAC, Deacon Fr. Christopher Salvatori SAC, and Subdeacon Roberto Barrientos. Mass concluded with an indoor Procession with the Christ Child and the blessing and distribution of Epiphany Water, chalk and frankincense.
Indoor procession with the Christ Child
(Above & below) The miraculous statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
and the beautifully decorated High Altar
Back in the sacristy, Antoinette Scarpinato, Fr. Salvatori and
Cav. Charles Sant'Elia pose with the Christ Child
Before leaving, I had to thank San Vito
for graces received through his intercession
A look inside the magnificent church
Frankincense was blessed and distributed to the faithful
During our celebratory meal at Patsy's Pizzeria we exchanged Christmas gifts. I was very happy to receive a bottle of the famous Likos, Aglianico del Vulture, from Barile, Potenza. Charles shows off his new copy of The Diary of Queen Maria Carolina of Naples, 1781-1785, by Cinzia Recca, Palsgrave Macmillan, 2017
Also see: 
A Look at the 5th Annual Traditional Pilgrimage at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Harlem

• Knights of the Sacred Constantinian Order of Saint George Welcomed With Open Arms at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Harlem