July 29, 2017

Bonus Pics of the 107th Annual Feast of Saint Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey

Evviva Sant'Anna! 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Here are some additional photographs from Wednesday's Feast Day Mass and procession at beautiful Saint Ann's Church (704 Jefferson St.) in Hoboken, New Jersey.
(L) A detail of the ornate high altar and (r) statue of the Madonna Dei Martiri inside beautiful Saint Ann's Church
After Mass, Saint Ann is presented to the expectant crowd
 On a picture perfect day, the procession wends its way through Hoboken
Shrines dedicated to Sant'Anna were erected along the procession route
(L) Our friends at The Madonna Dei Martiri Society generously offered everyone delicious focaccia and cold water. (R) San Giacomo joins the celebration
(L-R) Statue of the Madonna Dei Martiri and stained glass window of St. John the Baptist. During our stop at St. Francis RC Church, I lit some candles and made my usual intercessory prayers for the happy repose of the souls of my ancestors
A look inside the Santa Febronia Chapel
Santa Febronia, patroness of Patti, Sicily
The Madonna di Tindari
(L) Devotees pin donations on to the statues.
(R) Passing down our time-honored traditions on to the next generation
After a few hours, the procession makes its way back to Saint Ann's Church
Members of the Holy Name Society carry Saint Ann into the church
Sant'Anna and San Giacomo are placed before the altar
After the benediction, we returned to the Monte San Giacomo Clubhouse for some fellowship, cold beer and delicious roast beef and pepper sandwiches. The roisterous John Duke Band took request from the revelers
Also see: 
• Evviva Sant'Anna! A Look at the 107th Annual Feast of Saint Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey

• Evviva Sant'Anna! A Look at the 106th Annual Feast of Saint Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey
• A Look at the 105th Annual Feast of Saint Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey
• A Look at Hoboken's Madonna Dei Martiti
• A Look Inside the Santa Febronia Chapel, Hoboken, New Jersey 
• A Look at the 104th Annual Feast of Saint Ann, Hoboken, New Jersey

Announcing the 2017 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

July 28, 2017

Evviva Sant'Anna! A Look at the 107th Annual Feast of Saint Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey

Evviva Sant'Anna! 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Wednesday's Feast Day Mass and procession at beautiful Saint Ann's Church (704 Jefferson St.) in Hoboken, New Jersey.
The ornate high altar inside Saint Ann's Church
After Mass, the color guard led the procession out the main portal 
These adorable little angels were excited to see so many people
waiting to greet Saint Ann outside the packed church
Saint Ann is presented to the expectant crowd
A throng of jubilant revelers receive Saint Ann
(Above & below) the procession wends its way through the neighborhood
The future looks bright for the Saint Ann's Guild
We couldn't have asked for better weather for the procession
The John Duke Band
The color guard and members of the Padre Pio Prayer Group show their support
Truglio's offered participants pizza and cold water
Failla Memorial Home generously gave participants
sandwiches, pastries, watermelon and cold water
A yard shrine dedicated to Sant'Anna
While everyone was enjoying some delicious focaccia and cold water
outside the 
Madonna Dei Martiri Society Clubhouse, I took the opportunity
to visit 
San Corrado di Molfetta and Our Lady of the Martyrs
San Giacomo greets Saint Ann outside the Monte San Giacomo Clubhouse
San Giacomo joins the celebration
(L-R) Statue of the Madonna Dei Martiri and stained glass window of Saint George. During our stop at St. Francis RC Church, I lit some candles and made my usual intercessory prayers for the happy repose of the souls of my ancestors
(Above & below) Before returning to Saint Ann's Church, we stopped by the Santa Febronia Chapel to pray to the Madonna di Tindari and Santa Febronia
The Madonna di Tindari, inside the Santa Febronia Chapel
Along the way, we also visited a private shrine devoted to Padre Pio
(Above & below) After sauntering through Hoboken for several hours, the procession returns to the bustling fairgrounds
With great fanfare, the statues are returned to the church 
After the benediction, we returned to the Monte San Giacomo Clubhouse for some fellowship, cold beer and delicious roast beef and pepper sandwiches
Click here for additional photos

Also see:
Evviva Sant'Anna! A Look at the 106th Annual Feast of Saint Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey
A Look at the 105th Annual Feast of Saint Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey
A Look at Hoboken's Madonna Dei Martiti
A Look Inside the Santa Febronia Chapel, Hoboken, New Jersey
A Look at the 104th Annual Feast of Saint Ann, Hoboken, New Jersey

Announcing the 2017 Feast of San Pio in Dover Plains, New York

info@sansilverioshrine.org

July 27, 2017

Feast of San Pantaleone

The Martyrdom of San Pantaleone (1638)
by Gerolamo Imperiali

By Giovanni di Napoli
July 27th is the feast day of San Pantaleone, patron saint of Ravello. According to tradition, the Christian physician was beheaded (c. 305) during the Diocletian persecutions in Nicomedia, and that a woman collected his spilled blood. The ampulla holding the saint's blood reached Ravello in the eleventh-century after a storm at sea transported the monks of Saint Basil, guardians of the phial, from the East. It is believed the relic chose the town for shelter.
In honor of the martyr, I would like to share a few photos taken during my 2010 pilgrimage to beautiful Ravello—arguably the most bedazzling jewel gracing the Amalfi Coast—and its fabulous Duomo, home to the saint's relic. Continue reading

"The Orpheus of Apulia"

Guitar Virtuoso and Composer Mauro Giuliani
Mauro Giuliani
By Giovanni di Napoli
"Then Herr Mauro Giuliani, a Neapolitan, came to us—a man who had been led early in the right direction through correct sense of harmony, and who, as an accomplished virtuoso, combined with the most correct performance the greatest perfection of technique and of taste...Through his teaching and the competition he has aroused among teachers and lovers of the instrument, he has formed for us so many outstanding amateurs, that there could scarcely be another place where authentic guitar-playing is so widely practiced as here in our Vienna." —Excerpt from the preface to a guitar method published c.1811/12, entitled Versuch einer vollst√§ndigen methodischen Antleitung zum Guitare-Spielen by Simon Molitor & Wilhelm Klingenbrunner (1)
Southern Italy has a long history with the guitar, dating as far back as the Spanish viceroyalty. In fact, the earliest extant six-string guitar was built by the Neapolitan luthier Gaetano Vinaccia in 1779. The prestigious Gagliano, Fabricatore and Vinaccia families are credited with several innovations for the instrument and throughout the nineteenth century Naples remained a major center for its production. (2) It is also no coincidence that some of the most celebrated early classical guitarists—most notably the great Federico Moretti (1760-1838) and Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841)—hailed from the Regno. Continue reading

Announcing the 92nd Annual San Rocco Festa in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

www.sanrocco.org

July 26, 2017

Feast of Sant’Anna

Evviva Sant’Anna!
July 26th is the Feast Day of Saint Ann, mother of Mary, patroness of housewives, pregnant women, mothers and grandmothers. Widely venerated across southern Italy, she is the principal patron of Caserta (CA), Monte San Giacomo (SA), Ischia Ponte (NA), Bacoli (NA), Lettere (NA), Boscotrecase (NA), and Vernole (LE), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Ann. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Andrew Avellino Roman Catholic Church (35-60 158th Street) in Flushing, New York.
Prayer to Saint Ann
Good Saint Ann, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior. By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek. Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

A Brief Sketch: Francesco Jerace

Carlotta d'Asburgo a Miramare, Napoli
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
Born on July 26, 1854 in Polistena, a small town in the Province of Reggio Calabria, Francesco Jerace received his first instruction in art from his maternal grandfather, Francesco Morani, a descendent of a prolific family of artists from Calabria. He moved to Naples in 1869 and studied painting and sculpting at the Royal Institute of Fine Arts under the guidance of Tito Angelini, Tommaso Solari and Stanislao Lista. He first exhibited his work at the Societ√† Promotrice di Belle Arti in Naples while only 18-years-of-ageContinue reading