August 30, 2017

Knight Without Fear and Without Reproach

Giuseppe Petrosino - a true “supercop”
Lt. Joe Petrosino, NYCPD, Badge #285
Photo courtesy of
By Niccolò Graffio
“When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death – this is heroism.” — R.G. Ingersoll: Speech in New York, May 29, 1882
Growing up, like many American-born boys, I was enamored with tales of superheroes, men with “powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men” who used their powers in the fight against evil. The names of these fictitious heroes no doubt would ring a bell with many who are reading this article: Superman, Spiderman, Thor and Daredevil, to name just a few. To a young boy like me it was exhilarating to read of the exploits of these people in comic books, even if in the back of my mind I knew they didn’t really exist (except in the world of imagination). Of all of them, my favorite was always Batman.
Why Batman, you say? Simple: unlike the others, Batman wasn’t blessed with extraordinary powers no real human could possess. True, he was highly intelligent, very athletic and a capable fighter, but nothing about Batman (except perhaps, some of the technology he utilized) was out of the realm of the possible. In short, Batman was a “normal human.” I guess then you could say he was my favorite because I could most identify with him. Continue reading

Announcing the 77th Annual Feast of the Madonna Addolorata in San Diego, California

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August 29, 2017

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Photo by New York Scugnizzo
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Announcing the 2017 Feast of San Gennaro in Yorktown, New York

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August 27, 2017

Feast of the Madonna Della Luce

Evviva Maria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
The last Sunday in August is the Feast Day of Maria Santissima Della Luce (Our Lady of Light), Patroness of Palermiti, Calabria. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to the Madonna della Luce.* The accompanying photo was taken at Sacred Heart Italian Church in Boston, Massachusetts. In nearby Hingham, where large numbers of immigrants from Palermiti settled, the Feast is celebrated each Sunday before Labor Day. 
O Regina dei Martiri, Addolorata Maria, eccomi ai vostri piedi a supplicarvi del vostro patrocinio. O Madre pietosissima, non respingete la mia preghiera, non guardate i miei peccati che piango ai vostri piedi. Io sono indegno dei vostri benefici, ma la bontà vostra, che non ha limiti, mi dà speranza e, Madre vi chiamo, Madre tenerissima e potentissima Regina. Molte lacrime avete asciugate, molti dolori addolciti in virtù dei crudelissimi dolori vostri, in essi dunque ripongo la mia fiducia. Per questi dolori, lenite le mie pene ed impetratemi dal vostro divin Figliuolo Gesù la grazia particolare che qui prostrato vi domando... e di poter meritare una corona di gloria immortale nel S. Paradiso. Amen.
* Thank you Madonna Della Luce Society of Hingham, Massachusetts for providing us with the prayer

Missa Cantata for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Windsor Terrace, Bklyn

August 26, 2017

Feast of San Gianuario Martire

Viva San Gianuario!
Photo courtesy of Stephen La Rocca
August 26th is the Feast Day of San Gianuario (St. Januarius), Bishop of Carthage and Martyr. He is the principal patron of Marsico Nuovo, a town in the province of Potenza in the Basilicata region of southern Italy. To commemorate the occasion, I’m posting a prayer to San Gianuario Martire. The accompanying photo was taken at St. Mary Magdalene dei Pazzi Church (712 Montrose St.) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
A Prayer to San Gianuario Martire
O Glorious San Gianuario, protector of Marsico Nuovo, 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

Feast of Sant'Oronzo

Evviva Sant'Oronzo! 
Photo courtesy of Lucrezia Nardulli
August 26th is the Feast Day of Sant'Oronzo di Lecce (St. Orontius of Lecce), Bishop and Martyr. Widely venerated in the Salento region of Apulia, Sant'Oronzo is the principal patron of Lecce (LE), Turi (BA) and Ostuni (BR). In commemoration I'm posting a prayer in Italian to Sant'Oronzo. The accompanying photo of sidewalk chalk drawing of the saint was taken during the 2015 Feast in Lecce.
Preghiera a Sant'Oronzo
Gloriosissimo e potentissimo Protettore di questa città, e di chiunque ricorre a Voi Sant’Oronzo, che tanto aveste a cuore la gloria del grande Iddio, e la salute del vostro popolo, sicchè per vedere quella aggrandita, e questa posta in sicuro, non curaste le persecuzioni, né le battiture, neppure l’istessa morte, io benedicendo l’altissimo Iddio, per avervi costituito per Apostolo di queste regioni, per primo cristiano, primo pastore e primo martire, per avervi data tanta possanza di tener lontano dai vostri devoti la peste, i tremuoti, la fame, i morbi e la morte, vi prego prostrato ginocchioni al vostro cospetto, di preservarci da tutti i divini flagelli, e d’impetrarci tutte quelle grazie che bisognano a render tranquilla la nostra vita. Ed in particolare vi prego io umilissimo vostro servo, e divoto del vostro nome che vi degnate, con quella di tanti popoli, di prendere ancora la protezione dell’anima mia, della mia roba, dei parenti, della famiglia ed amici, e specialmente concedetemi la grazia che vi chieggo, di cui vedete la necessità, il desiderio che ne tengo, e il fervore con cui ve ne prego.
(Qui si cerchi la grazia che si desidera) 
Ricordatevi, o grande Oronzo, che io son membro della vostra Chiesa, che amaste da sposa in terra, ed oggi proteggete da sopra i cieli, qual amatissimo sposo. Guardatemi qual pecorella di quella greggia, di cui ancora avete la cura, qual gloriosissimo pastore, ed infine come uno di quei figli che voi rigeneraste nella fede e che ancora amate da affettuosissimo pastore. Concedetemi quel tanto di cui vi prego, e fate vedere nella mia persona, e nelle mie cose, che ancora proteggete, e difendete dal cielo, come ci accertaste, tutti coloro che ricorrono alla vostra potentissima intercessione. Così sia.

Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Pontifical Shrine

August 25, 2017

Congratulations Bruno Codispoti, Grand Marshall of the 2017 Feast of Santa Rosalia

Bruno Codispoti Esq.
Congratulations to our dear friend Bruno Codispoti on your election as Grand Marshall for the 42nd Annual Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. What a terrific honor! From all of us at Il Regno, we wish you all the best. Evviva Santa Rosalia!
The procession will start Sunday, August 27th at 3:00 PM by the outdoor chapel on 18th Avenue, and 72nd Street. Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 PM at St. Dominic’s RC Church at 2001 Bay Ridge Parkway.

Evviva Santa Rosalia! A Look at the 42nd Annual Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Rosalia!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Tuesday after work, I finally had the opportunity to go to the 42nd Annual Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Visiting the outdoor chapel to venerate la Santuzza, I said a few intercessory prayers for the earthquake victims in Ischia and for the happy repose of the souls of my ancestors. Although I was a little disappointed to discover that the rumors of a new statue donated by the city of Palermo were untrue, I still made my customary donation and picked up some prayer cards to share with my loved ones.
The outdoor chapel on 18th Avenue, between 71 St. and 72 St.
There was plenty of delicious Palermitano street fare
at Lucy's, including stigghiola...
...and grilled octopus
Naturally we made our obligatory stop at Villabate Alba Pasticceria
(7001 18th Ave.) for some espresso and Baked Iris
Festive street lights line the Avenue
I couldn't leave without getting a little care package
filled with delicious Sicilian specialties for myself
Also see:
Evviva Santa Rosalia! A Look at the 41st Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Recharging at the 41st Anniversary Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Evviva Santa Rosalia! Scenes From the 40th Anniversary Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Back For More: Scenes From the 40th Anniversary Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Back For Seconds: Scenes From the 40th Anniversary Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Opening Night at the 2015 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
A Look at the 39th Annual Festa di Santa Rosalia, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Opening Night at the 2014 Santa Rosalia Feast, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
A Look at the 2013 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Opening Night at 'The Feast'
It's Back! The Santa Rosalia Feast Returns to Bensonhurst
The Twilight of the Feast
The Feast of Santa Rosalia (18th Ave Feast)

Feast of Santa Patrizia, Patroness of Naples

Saint Patricia (1625) by Leonardo Carpentiero
Photo courtesy of Electra Napoli*
By Giovanni di Napoli
August 25th is the feast day of Santa Patrizia (Saint Patricia), patroness of Naples. Each year the faithful gather at the Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno (Church of St. Gregory of Armenia) to venerate the saint and view the miraculous liquefaction of her coagulated blood. The church, believed to have been built by Saint Helena (c. 246-330 AD) on the site of the Roman Temple of Ceres, underwent several significant renovations and is the latest resting place of Santa Patrizia and her relics. Continue reading
* Photo reprinted from The Treasure of San Gennaro: Baroque Silver from Naples, Electra Napoli, 1987, catalogue for the exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum of Art (Oct. 28, 1987 - Jan. 18, 1988).

Announcing the 2017 Feast of San Gregorio Magno in Newark, New Jersey

August 24, 2017

Celebrating the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Francis De Sales in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

High Altar with painting of St. Jane
Frances De Chantal with Our Lord
My friends and I had the great pleasure of visiting Brooklyn Visitation Monastery (8902 Ridge Blvd.) Monday evening for the Votive Sung Mass in honor of the 450th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Francis De Sales, with commemoration to St. Jane Frances De Chantal. 
Mass was sung by Celebrant and Homilist Fr. Stephen Saffron, Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The motets and Mass setting for this Liturgy were composed by organist and choir director David Adam Smith.
Thank you to the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary for organizing the Mass and warmly welcoming us inside their beautiful chapel and monastery grounds. It was a great joy to celebrate our faith together.

Feast of San Bartolomeo

Viva San Bartolomeo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 24th is the Feast Day of San Bartolomeo (Saint Bartholomew), Apostle and martyr. He is the patron saint of tanners, plasterers, cheese merchants, and those who suffer from nervous tics and neurological diseases. Widely venerated across southern Italy he is the principal patron of Lampedusa (AG), Lipari (ME), Giarratana (RG), and San Bartolomeo in Galdo (BN), among others. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to St. Bartholomew. The accompanying photo was taken at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary and Saint Stephen's Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Prayer to St. Bartholomew

Almighty and everlasting God, who gave to your apostle Bartholomew grace truly to believe and to preach your Word: Grant that your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Feast of Sant'Audeno Vescovo di Rouen

Evivva Sant'Audeno! 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
August 24th is the Feast Day of Sant'Audeno (St. Ouen, Archbishop of Rouen), patron saint of Serra di Pratola, Avellino. The cult of Sant'Audeno was introduced to southern Italy by the Normans, who founded several churches in his honor, including the small sanctuary in Montaperto, Avellino; the Chiesa di Sant’Audeno in Aversa, Caserta; and the Apulian-Romanesque Church of Sant’Audeno in Bisceglie, Puglia. Built in 1074, the Church in Bisceglie is one of the oldest consecrated to the French Bishop in southern Italy. An architectural treasure, the church houses a small relic translated from Normandy.
Southern Italian devotion to Sant'Audeno was immortalized in the Miracula Sancti Audoeni, a collection of Saint Ouen’s miracles written after 1047 in Normandy. Included are stories of pilgrims from Andria and Monte Gargano in Apulia who visited the saint’s shrine in Rouen and were miraculously cured of their ailments.
To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Sant'Audeno. The accompanying photo was taken at Our Lady of Good Council Church in Inwood, Long Island.
Prayer to Sant'Audeno
God our Father, enable us who honor the memory of Sant'Audeno, archbishop and confessor, to share with him in the joy of eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Announcing the 2017 Feast of San Vincenzo Martire di Craco in Little Italy, New York City

August 23, 2017

Viva San Rocco! A Look at the 128th Annual Feast of San Rocco di Potenza in New York City

Evviva San Rocco!
Photos courtesy of John Cordi, Rosanna Minervini,
Anthony Scillia, and New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Sunday's 128th Annual Feast of San Rocco di Potenza at Most Precious Blood Church (113 Baxter St.) in Manhattan's historic Little Italy.
Hundreds attend Mass at Most Precious Blood Church
(L) Tina looks after San Rocco's faithful pooch.
(R) The La Rocca men salute Old Glory during the National Anthem
San Rocco emerges from under the church scaffolding 
Confetti exploded and people cheered for our glorious patron
Bill and Bruno bring out the candle house (cinte)
Italo and Concetta helped put the generous donations onto the statue
Baxter Street was buzzing with excitement
Devotees Rosanna, Francesca and Kathryn carry the traditional wax ex-voto
Our buddies Anthony Scillia and Matt Alongi
led the procession down bustling Mulberry Street
(Above & below) The procession wends its way through Little Italy and Chinatown. (R) Our friends from the St. Joseph Society of Lodi, New Jersey show their boundless support and devotion to San Rocco
Devotees take turns carrying our beloved patron
We always get tremendous support from our friends from the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata of Brooklyn, New York (pictured above); the Gioiosa Marina Social Club of Brooklyn, New York; the Our Lady of the Snow Society of Brooklyn, New York; the Craco Society; the Figli di San Gennaro; the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Fraternal Society of New Jersey; the Saint Rocco Society of Fort Lee, New Jersey; ... 
...the St. Joseph Society of Lodi. New Jersey (left); and the San Giacomo Society of Hoboken, New Jersey (right)
Representing the Knights of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, Cav. John Napoli and the Very Rev. Msgr. Cav. Joseph Ambrosio, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newark, New Jersey
Devotees shower San Rocco with rose petals
outside the Church of the Transfiguration
Remembering our roots, we make our way to now-closed St. Joseph's Church  
Mr. and Mrs. Mavrianos showers San Rocco with rose petals
(L) The procession returns to Little Italy.
(R) John and Andrew carry the cinte
Danny Vecchiano and the Giglio Band
After dinner and raffles, revelers danced the night away
Also see: 
Three Days of Prayer for San Rocco
Another Look at the 127th Annual Feast of San Rocco di Potenza in New York City
Worlds Collide at the Feast of San Rocco
Evviva San Rocco! A Look at the 127th Annual Feast of San Rocco di Potenza in New York City
Viva San Rocco! A Look at the 126th Annual Feast of San Rocco in NYC
The Novena To San Rocco at Most Precious Blood
Bittersweet Move: The Translation of the Relic of San Vincenzo and Society Statues to Most Precious Blood Church in Little Italy
Celebrating 125 Years of Devotion to San Rocco in New York City
An Interview with Stephen LaRocca, President of the Saint Rocco Society of Potenza in NYC
A Look at NYC's 124th Annual Feast of San Rocco
A Look at the 123rd Annual Feast of Saint Rocco
A Look at the 122nd Feast of Saint Rocco

Announcing the 2nd Annual Solemn High Mass for the Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel

Also see:
Keeping a Vow: Celebrating the Feast of St. Michael at Most Precious Blood Church in Little Italy

August 22, 2017

A Prayer for the Earthquake Victims on the Isle of Ischia, in the Bay of Naples

Sant'Emidio, prega per noi 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the earthquake victims and their families. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life, the suffering and the destruction. May San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce and Sant'Emidio protect and watch over you.
Prayer to Saint Emygdius in Times of Earthquake and Calamities
Saint Emygdius, Bishop and Martyr of the faith, accept kindly the prayer that we confidently address to you. Intercede for us before the Lord so that, by imitating you, our faith, vivified by works, be a testimony of filial love for God and fraternal love for one’s neighbor. Encouraged by your example we promise to live with a heart detached from earthly goods and the willingness to sacrifice everything in order to remain faithful to God and the Church. Extend upon us, on our families and on our cities your protection, from the earthquake and from every other calamities or pestilence, so that preserved from them, we may lead a quiet and peaceful life dedicated at giving glory to God hoping to secure the salvation of our souls. Amen.

Congratulations Achille Pirro on becoming a Third Order Lay Carmelite

A devotee of St. Rocco, Achille recently led us in prayer during the Triduum for the Feast of San Rocco in Little Italy, New York. Photo by New York Scugnizzo 
Congratulations to our dear friend Achille Pirro on becoming a member of the Third Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. We admire your devotion and enthusiasm for the faith and our southern Italian traditions, may God bless and keep you always.

Also see:
Congratulations Achille Pirro