July 19, 2017

Evviva Maria! Celebrating the 127th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newark, NJ

Mass Ad orientem (towards the East) was concelebrated by His Excellency, the Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, and the Very Rev. Cav. Msgr. Joseph Ambrosio, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
Scenes from Sunday evening’s Feast Day Mass and procession at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newark, New Jersey. (Photos by New York Scugnizzo and Anthony Scillia)
(L) Beautifully decorated High Altar with Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
(R) A shrine to Our Lady was erected by the Communion rail
After Mass, Our Lady is presented to the expectant crowd. Placed on a wagon, the statue was pulled through the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey
(Above & below) Presided by the Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, the procession wends its way through the neighborhood
Flags, society banners and standards add to the pageantry 
(Above & below) Members of the Congregation Maria SS. del Sacro Monte di Novi Velia Salerno di Jersey City, New Jersey show their support
(L) Our friend Stephen La Rocca, President of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza, with the Very Rev. Cav. Joseph Ambrosio. (R) A close up of the new Congregation Maria SS. del Sacro Monte standard
(Above & below) Knights of the Sacred Military Constantinian
Order of Saint George and the Equestrian Order of the
Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem proudly served as honor guard
HE Chancellor Pasquale Menna with Cavs. Vincent Gangone and John Napoli
(Above & below) Our friends from the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem showed up in force 
(Above & below) A good time was had by all
The procession stops so residents can offer donations
Along the procession route, devotees set up statues
and generously offer water to participants
The Tony Neglia Band
The procession returns to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
After the Benediction, worshippers venerate the
veil of the Madonna di Montevergine