March 31, 2017

Rocco Petrone: A Modern-Day Cathedral Builder

Rocco Petrone
By John A. Stavola
"The Invisible Pyramid" by Loren Eisely contains a chapter entitled "The Spore Bearers". In it the fungus, Pilobolus, is likened to a rocket. The spore which will project the descendants of Pilobolus into the future prepare themselves with a light sensitive capsule to aim ever toward the brightest light. When the right chemical pressures are built up the cells beneath the capsule explode, hurling it several feet away. This enables Pilobolus, which grows on the dung of cattle, to transport itself to fresh grass where they will be consumed again by the cattle.
The influential German "philosopher-poet'" Oswald Spengler's attempt to discern an organic pattern to cultural history and the zeitgeist or spirit of an age is also invoked by Eiseley.
"Perhaps what he (Spengler) terms the Faustian culture-our own-began as early as the eleventh century with the growing addiction to great unfillible cathedrals with huge naves and misty recesses where space seemed to hover without limits. In the words of one architect, the Gothic arch is 'a bow always tending to expand.' Hidden within its tensions is the upward surge of the space rocket." (The Invisible Pyramid, pg. 84) Continue reading

Traditional Latin Mass During the Octave of Easter at St. Stephen's RC Church in Kearny, New Jersey

Upcoming Traditional Masses and Rites at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine in East Harlem, New York City

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, East Harlem
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
April 2017 - August 2017

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Pontifical Shrine
448 East 116th Street


New York, NY 10029

Saturday, April 1, 2017 9 AM
1st Saturday of the Month: 9 AM Traditional Latin Sung Extraordinary Form Mass 1962 Missale Romanum followed by Eucharistic Adoration, Novena Prayers to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Servant of God Pierre Toussaint & Benediction; Confessions heard before Mass and during Eucharistic Adoration

Remaining 1st Saturdays in the 2017 Calendar Year:
May 6 - Month of Our Lady
June 3 - Month of the Sacred Heart
July 1 - Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
August 5 - Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major; Our Lady of the Snows
September 2 - Month of the Holy Cross and Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows
October 7 - Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
November 4 - Month of the Poor Souls in Purgatory
December 2 - Month of the Immaculate Conception; Advent and Coming of Christ

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7 PM - Sung Requiem Mass - Month's Mind for Jacques Pierre, Father of our Altar Server, James Pierre

Sunday, April 9, 2017
10:20 AM – Blessing of Palms, Procession and High Mass – 2nd Sunday of Passiontide, Palm Sunday

Friday, April 14, 2017
9 AM – Liturgical Rite of the Enthronement of the Statue Holy Black Nazarene presided by His Excellency The Most Reverend Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

12 PM - Outdoor Good Friday Procession with the Parishes of Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Paul - Holy Rosary. Procession begins on 96th Street and Lexington Avenue outside St. Francis de Sales Church and goes north on 3rd Avenue until 117th Street and Lexington Avenue into St. Paul's Church

Sunday, April 16, 2017
10:25 AM – High Mass, Easter Sunday, Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Thursday, May 25, 2017
7 PM (TBD) – High Mass, Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Thursday, June 15, 2017
7 PM – 3rd Annual Solemn Mass, Outdoor Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament for the Feast of Corpus Christi

Friday, June 23, 2017 - Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

2nd All Night Vigil of Prayer for Nascent Life

Preliminary Schedule
6 PM - The Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions heard
7 PM - Stations of the Cross
8 PM - Solemn High Mass
9 PM - Continuous Eucharistic Adoration with Prayers, Litanies and Hymns
9:30 PM - The Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confessions heard

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - Feast of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

12 Midnight - Continuous Eucharistic Adoration with Prayers, Litanies and Hymns
Coffee Breaks with Refreshments at 1 AM and 3:15 AM
4 AM - Procession with and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament
4:30 AM - Blessing of the bonfire
5 AM - Sung Mass

133RD ANNUAL FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

Novena Masses and Prayers from Thursday, July 6 - Friday, July 14

Saturday, July 15, 2017
7:30 PM – 1st Solemn Vespers and Benediction
9 PM – Outdoor Candelight Procession
11 PM – Multilingual Rosary and Litany of Loreto

Sunday, July 16, 2017
12 Midnight – Solemn Midnight Mass

Saturday, July 22, 2017
10 AM – 3:15 PM – 6th Annual Traditional Mass Pilgrimage

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
7 PM (TBD) – Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Ordinary Schedule of Traditional Latin Masses in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite 1962 Missale Romanum

Every Sunday - 10:25 AM - Sung Mass
Every 1st Saturday - 9 AM - Sung Mass and Eucharistic Adoration
Holy Days and High Ranking Feasts - Consult the Bulletin; Ordinarily at 7 PM, 7:30 PM or 8 PM in the evening

*To have a Mass offered for your intentions, please call the Parish Office at 212-534-0681

March 30, 2017

Feast of Saint Irene the Healer

Saint Sebastian Cured by Saint Irene by Luca Giordano (c.1665)
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
March 30th is the Feast Day of Saint Irene of Rome. She was the widow of Saint Castulus, who was martyred during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian. She famously nursed Saint Sebastian back to health after he was left for dead, his body riddled with arrows. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Irene. The accompanying photo of Saint Sebastian Cured by Saint Irene by Luca Giordano was taken at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Prayer to Saint Irene
O Glorious Saint Irene you served God in humility and confidence on earth, now you enjoy His beatific vision in Heaven. Help me to strengthen my faith and protect me in conflict. Obtain for me the grace to live a holy life, so that one day I may join you in the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen

Freedom Won and Lost: The Sicilian Vespers

The Sicilian Vespers (1846) by Francesco Hayez
By Niccolò Graffio

“Freedom cannot be granted. It must be taken.” 
– Max Stirner: The Ego and His Own, 1845.

Americans in general today certainly take for granted the freedoms they still possess. This is not an unfair or inaccurate statement to make. How many Americans, for example, take the time out of their busy schedules watching television, surfing the Net, playing video games, “hanging out” in bars/clubs or just gaining weight to engage in such innocuous activities as educating themselves on the latest bills before their legislators? How many of them go further and contact their legislators to offer them their opinions on these bills? How many even bother to just vote on Election Day? You get the point, I’m sure. Every day things go on among our elected officials that will ultimately affect our daily lives, positively or negatively, and most seem content to remain blissfully detached from these proceedings. Continue reading

The Frankie Laine Story

Frankie Laine
By Niccolò Graffio
“All things that great men do are well done.” – H.G. Bohn; Handbook of Proverbs, 1855
I am a child of the 1970’s.  I was too young to truly enjoy the music of the ‘60’s (and all the drugs that went with it).  Instead, I was ‘lucky’ enough to go through adolescence during that most wonderful epoch of music known as the Disco Era.
Unlike many of my peers in high school, however, I carried with myself something they didn’t – an appreciation for musical genres of previous generations.  Being from a fairly tight-knit family, growing up I was regularly exposed to the music of my parents and grandmother.  As a result, I often found myself listening to songs my fellow teens mocked, if they bothered to listen to them at all! Continue reading

March 27, 2017

Hot off the Presses: San Francesco di Paola Fliers Are Ready For Distribution

Thank you Lucian for donating the fliers for our upcoming San Francesco di Paola celebration at St. Francis of Paola Church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Your continued generosity helps boost Il Regno's efforts to spread the word and reach more members of our community. Your support is greatly appreciated. Forza e onore!

Announcing the 2017 Feast of San Cono di Teggiano in Newark, New Jersey

March 26, 2017

Photo of the Week: The Annunciation by Andrea Malinconico, Museo Civico di Castel Nuovo

Annunciazione by Andrea Malinconico (Napoli 1624-1689), Museo Civico di Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), Napoli. Photo by New York Scugnizzo

"Leisure & Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii" at Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Massachusetts

February 3 — August 13, 2017

Featuring works seen for the first time outside Italy, this groundbreaking exhibition centers on the ancient town of Oplontis on the Neapolitan coast, a site that was buried and preserved when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. The exhibition focuses on two adjacent, spectacular Roman archaeological sites—one an enormous luxury villa (“Villa A”) that once sprawled along the coast of the Bay of Naples, the other a nearby commercial-residential complex (“Villa B”), where products from the region were exported.

Ongoing excavations of the villas have revealed a wealth of art, including sculpture that adorned the gardens along with ordinary utilitarian objects that together demonstrate the disparities of wealth, social class, and consumption in Roman life. This is the first major exhibition to address this important site, less well known than the more famous sites of nearby Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were also victims of the Vesuvian eruption. SCMA is one of three national venues for the exhibition, and the only east coast venue. Continue reading

Smith College Museum of Art
20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
Northampton, MA 01063
413.585.2760

March 25, 2017

Feast of the Annunciation

The Annunciation by Renato Rossi, hand painted ceramic tiles on the facade of the Confraternity of Annunziata and Rosario (next door to the Chiesa San Giovanni) in Vietri sul Mare. Photos by New york Scugnizzo
March 25th is the Feast of the Annunciation, when the archangel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary and announced she would conceive a Child by the Holy Spirit. In celebration I'm posting The Angelus, a devotional prayer honoring the Blessed Mother's role in the Incarnation, which should be repeated three times daily (morning, midday and evening).

The Angelus

Prayer at dawn:
Verse The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
Response And she conceived by the Holy Spirit

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Prayer at noon:
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy Word.
Hail Mary…

Prayer at twilight:
V. And the Word was made flesh:
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary…

Conclusion after each prayer time:
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen

A Nightmare on Greene Street

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Scene at the morgue
By Niccolò Graffio
Sitting there in the motorman’s class, I listened intently to the instructor as he attempted to impress upon us the importance of safety in the workplace. Picking up a soft cover book about the size of a notebook, he waved it in front of the class, trying to garner the attention of the know-it-alls who invariably find such lectures boring.
“This is a copy of New York City Transit’s code of safety rules.” he loudly announced. “We have a saying about this book: ‘This is a book written in blood!’ When I first came on this job, this book had only four pages. As you can see, this book is now a lot thicker. Every time someone was killed on this job, another page was added to this book.” Suddenly he had everyone’s attention. His grim meaning was abundantly clear to all: the job of transit worker is not an easy one. In fact, it’s a very dangerous one! Continue reading

March 24, 2017

Feast of San Gabriele Arcangelo

The Annunciation by Luca Giordano
March 24th is the Feast Day of San Gabriele Arcangelo (St. Gabriel the Archangel), the exalted messenger of God. He is the patron saint of postmen, diplomats, messengers and telecommunication workers. In celebration I’m posting a Prayer to Archangel Gabriel. The accompanying photo of The Annunciation by Luca Giordano was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
A Prayer to the Archangel Gabriel
O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.

A Prayer for Westminster

St. George pray for us
Relic at Holy Innocents Church, NYC
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of the March 22nd terror attack in Westminster, London. May Saint George, Saint Paul and Saint Edward the Confessor protect and watch over you.

Prayer for Victims of Terrorism

Loving God, welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism. Comfort their families and all who grieve for them. Help us in our fear and uncertainty, and bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love. Strengthen all those who work for peace, and may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts. Amen.

Also see:
A Prayer for Berlin
Requiescat in Pace: Fr. Jacques Hamel
A Prayer for Nice
A Prayer for Brussels
Solidarité

To My Hero of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

A Tribute to Joseph Barbera
Goggles Paesano at the Indianrockolis 500
By Niccolò Graffio
“All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?” – Carl Jung
From the earliest days our ancestors walked this earth they sought out activities during their leisure time to amuse themselves or else divert their attention from the rigors of life. These activities are today collectively called “entertainment”. Whether passive forms of entertainment, such as spectator sports or reading, or active forms, such as participatory sports and social dance, the underlying purpose was basically the same. Continue reading

“Between Heaven and Hell: The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera” at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas

Apollo and Marsyas by Jusepe de Ribera, 1637, Naples, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte. Photo courtesy of Meadows Museum
March 12 – June 11, 2017

Drawing played a central role in the art of Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652). Born in Valencia, Ribera spent most of his career in Naples where he significantly influenced the course of artistic production in the seventeenth century. Although little is known of his youth, training, and journey from Spain to Italy, Ribera is recorded in Rome in 1606, in Parma in 1611, and in Naples from 1616 until his death in 1652. After arriving in Italy, Ribera encountered the revolutionary paintings of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), whose distinctive qualities Ribera adopted in his own work, prompting him to be recognized as a Caravaggesque artist. Yet unlike Caravaggio, who famously did not make drawings on paper, Ribera was both an extraordinary painter and a prolific graphic artist. He produced a remarkable corpus of drawings as well as an important group of prints, and it is the strength of his works on paper – in addition to his paintings – that sets Ribera apart from his Caravaggist contemporaries. Continue reading

Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University
5900 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75205
Tel: 214.768.2516

www.meadowsmuseumdallas.org

March 23, 2017

A Look at the 2017 Missa Cantata for the Feast of St. Joseph and commemoration of HRH Prince don Ferdinando Maria di Borbone of the Two Sicilies

Evviva San Giuseppe!
Photos by Rosanna Minervini and New York Scugnizzo
Members of the Sacred Military Constatntinian Order of St. George joined 150 congregants at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newark, New Jersey Monday evening to celebrate the Missa Cantata for the Feast of St. Joseph and commemoration of the anniversary of the death of the Order’s late Grand Master, HRH Prince don Ferdinando Maria di Borbone of the Two Sicilies.
Our Late Grand Master
HRH Prince don Ferdinando Maria
di Borbone delle Due Sicilie
Mass was sung by celebrant and homilist Very Rev. Msgr. Cav. Joseph Ambrosio, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Chaplain of the Order. Monsignor was dutifully assisted by servers Lorenzo Tinio, Anthony Scillia, Brian Mcguire, Joseph T. Lucia, Mark Bertotti and Michael McDonald. Delegate Cav. John M. Viola and Chaplain Msgr. Cav. Christopher Hynes of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, with Fr. Danny Rodrigues of St. Cecilia’s Church in Kearny, New Jersey sat in choir. Chancellor Mayor Cav. Pasquale Menna, Vice-Chancellor Cav. Patrick O’Boyle, Cavalieri Anthony O’Boyle, Charles Sant’Elia, John Napoli and Vincent Gangone were in Attendance.
A stirring rendition of Franz Liszt’s Dominus Salvum fac Regem was performed by the choir in memory of HRH at which the flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was dipped. This was followed by Giovanni Paisiello’s Inno al Re, the National Anthem of the Two Sicilies.
After Mass, guests adjourned to the rectory for some refreshments and fellowship. We were given a tour of the residence and a look at Monsignor’s awe-inspiring collection of relics and sacred art, including the upstairs workshop and the newly acquired statues of the Madonna dei Miracoli di Mussomeli and Maria Santissima di Constantinopoli. I feel especially blessed to have seen the private shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Pompeii and offered the opportunity to venerate the holy relics of San Gennaro and Blessed Bartolo Longo.
After Mass we joined the clergy and servers for a commemorative photo
Cavalieri Charles Sant’Elia, John Napoli and Vincent Gangone 
Vice-Chancellor Cav. Patrick O’Boyle, Cav. Gangone, Chancellor Mayor Cav. Pasquale Menna, Delegate Cav. John M. Viola, Cav. Napoli and Cav. Sant'Elia
Postulant Rosanna Minervini poses with the beautifully embroidered
flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Relics adorn the magnificent altar
Guests were treated to an impressive array of St. Joseph's zeppole and sfingi 
Eric, Rosanna and Vincent enjoying the festivities
Msgr. Ambrosio plays a few German and Spanish waltzes
Private altars for Our Lady of Pompeii and the Madonna Addolorata
Blessed Bartolo Longo relics
A couple of rescued artifacts from defunct Italian American organizations
The Madonna dei Miracoli di Mussomeli and Maria Santissima di Costantinopoli
in the workshop, ready to be restored

A Look at the 2017 Festa di San Giuseppe in Ridgewood, Queens

Evviva San Giuseppe!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Despite the frigid weather and icy streets, hundreds of devotees gathered at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Ridgewood, Queens Sunday (March 19th) afternoon to celebrate the annual Festa di San Giuseppe. 
Pilgrims brave the cold weather to venerate our beloved patron
(Above and below) Members of the Associazone Cattolica Italiana di Miraculous Medal carry San Giuseppe into the church and place him near the altar
(Above and below) After Mass, devotees pin donations on to the saint 
Departing Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
(Above and below) The procession makes its way down Bleecker Street 
San Giuseppe is returned to the Notre Dame Catholic Academy gymnasium behind the church for the benediction, refreshments and raffle
(Above and below) Revelers enjoying the festivities
Blessed bread was distributed to attendees
Italian language St. Joseph prayer cards were included with the loaves
Among the prizes raffled off were pane di San Giuseppe (above)
and a beautiful statue of the saint (below)
Also see:
• A Look at the 2015 Festa di San Giuseppe in Ridgewood, NY

• A Look at the 2014 Festa di San Giuseppe in Ridgewood, NY

March 22, 2017

Il Regno Turns Eight

Fliers from previous events
Bearing in mind that I had no prior web experience or background in journalism, I never envisioned this enterprise would have lasted this long, and (for now) I can’t imagine not doing it. All things considered, I believe our first eight years have been productive and positive. For the most part we’ve been well received and the work has been quite enjoyable. I learned a lot, met many nice people and made new friends along the way. We appreciate your support and will continue our efforts to the best of our abilities.  
A Year in Review
We had a very productive year, to say the least. In addition to sponsoring Traditional Latin Masses for the Feasts of San Michele Arcangelo, Santa Lucia, Santi Simone and Giuda Taddeo, San Giovanni Apostolo and the Repose of the Soul of HM King Francesco II di Borbone, we organized a handful of small-scale celebrations for the Feasts of San Giacomo della Marca, San Martino di Tours, San Pio da Pietrelcina, the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and the Madonna di Ripalta.
On top of all that, in May we held our Eighth Annual Battle of Bitonto Commemoration as part of our yearlong tricentennial celebration of the birth of HM King Carlo di Borbone. The intimate gathering continues to be a convivial fête of our rich Duosiciliani faith, culture and history.
Print version of Il Regno
Il Regno also went "old school" with the publication of a print version of our web journal. Although not very cost effective, the feedback was overwhelmingly favorable, so for at least one more year, we will continue circulating the pamphlets at select venues.
On a Personal Note
Personally, I had a very rewarding and gratifying year. First and foremost, I was invested into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George as a Cavaliere di Merito (Knight of Merit). The investiture was held on April 30th at Holy Innocents Church in New York City. Blown away by the whole experience, no words can describe how proud I feel about receiving this noble distinction. 
In July I was also invested with the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel during the 5th Annual Traditional Pilgrimage at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York. In what was an extraordinary day of fellowship and prayer, the spiritual retreat concluded with the solemn investiture, where I received my wool devotional and gained Our Lady’s promise of the Brown Scapular.

Private shrine with
first-class relic of St. Rocco
Most unexpectedly, I’ve been tasked with guardianship of the first-class relic of San Rocco, generously gifted to the St. Rocco Society of Potenza by the Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph Ambrosio. Until a permanent home in a church has been secured, I’ve been carrying out this enviable responsibility most dutifully with daily prayer and plenty of votive candles.
Furthermore, I had the great honor of carrying the statues of the Madonna Addolorata, Angelo Custode, Santa Rita, San Gennaro, San Giuseppe and San Rocco during their respective feasts and processions. I was especially touched to have been chosen to carry the Order’s labarum during the Mass for HM King Francesco II di Borbone.
Some of the other more memorable moments include venerating the relics of the True Cross, Sant’Elena di Laurino, San Vincenzo Pallotti, San Francesco d’Assisi, Sant’Antonio di Padova, San Gennaro, San Giuda Taddeo, San Vincenzo Martire and Santa Trofimena. 
Still Under Renovation
In an effort to clean up and streamline Il Regno, we’ve been working hard fixing or removing broken links, deleting redundant and extraneous material and re-editing certain entries. Due to the volume of material (well over 3,000 posts), this mammoth undertaking has been taking a lot longer than we anticipated. We are aiming to have everything updated and in order before the year’s end. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.
Upcoming Events
Clearly more than just an information and opinion blog, Il Regno has a lot of exciting things planned for the upcoming year. In conjunction with the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George we are sponsoring Traditional Latin Masses for the Madonna Addolorata (April 7th), San Francesco di Paola (April 29th) and San Michele Arcangelo (Sept. 29th). Plans for the 9th Annual Battle of Bitonto Commemoration, as well as a Classical Neapolitan guitar recital featuring the works of the great Mauro Giuliani, are in the works, so keep a lookout for these and other exciting events. Needless to say, we intend to continue our usual participation and support in as many southern Italian religious and cultural events as is humanly possible.
Pray Pal
Just a reminder, we are still accepting donations in the form of prayers. So if you like what we do and want us to continue doing it, please say a prayer for us. Your generosity and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated.
Forza e Onore! — Cav. J. Napoli