July 30, 2017

Photo of the Week: HM King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

Statue of HM King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies by Antonio Canova, Grand Staircase, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

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

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

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.

July 25, 2017

Feast of San Giacomo il Maggiore

Viva San Giacomo! 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
July 25th is the Feast Day of San Giacomo Apostolo (Saint James the Apostle), also called James the Greater, son of Zebedee, to distinguish him from James the Lesser, son of Alphaeus. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Monte San Giacomo (SA), Calvizzano (NA), Casalnuovo di Napoli (NA), Cicala (CZ), Fuscaldo (CS), Pietrapertosa (PZ), and Roccamandolfi (IS), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Saint James the Apostle. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Ann's Church in Hoboken, New Jersey during the 2014 Feast of Saint Ann in which members of the Monte San Giacomo Society participated.

Prayer to Saint James the Apostle

O glorious Apostle, St. James, who by reason of thy fervent and generous heart was chosen by Jesus to be a witness of His glory on Mount Tabor, and of His agony in Gethsemane; thou, whose very name is a symbol of warfare and victory: obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending warfare of this life, that, having constantly and generously followed Jesus, we may be victors in the strife and deserve to receive the victor's crown in heaven. Amen.

Feast of San Cristoforo Martire

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
July 25th is the Feast Day of San Cristoforo Martire (St. Christopher the Martyr), patron saint of pilgrims and travelers. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, San Cristoforo is invoked against storms and the plague. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Ricigliano (SA), San Cristoforo (SA), Moscufo (PE), Valguarnera Caropepe (EN), and Giuggianello (LE), among others. In celebration I’m posting a prayer to St. Christopher. The accompanying photo of Saint Christopher carrying the Christ Child across a river is a bas-relief over a doorway on Carroll Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Viva San Cristoforo!
Prayer to St. Christopher
Dear Saint Christopher, protect me today in all my travels along the road's way. Give your warning sign if danger is near so that I may stop while the path is clear. Be at my window and direct me through when the vision blurs from out of the blue. Carry me safely to my destined place, like you carried Christ in your close embrace. Amen.