September 30, 2017

Feast of San Girolamo

St. Jerome removing a thorn from the lion’s paw
September 30th is the Feast day of San Girolamo (Saint Jerome), Doctor of the Church. Scholar and historian, he is best known for his translation of the Bible into Latin. Protector of Cittanova in Reggio Calabria, San Girolamo is also the patron saint of archeologists, translators, scholars, librarians and students. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to St. Jerome. The accompanying photo of St. Jerome removing a thorn from the lion’s paw (c. 1440-70) by Early Renaissance Neapolitan painter Niccolò Antonio Colantonio is on view at the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples.
Prayer to St. Jerome
Master of unworldliness and founder of monasteries, you had a deep love for God's inspired Word and were a most careful translator of the Sacred Scriptures. Your single-mindedness in seeking God's glory is a perfect model for all exegetes. Inspire them with respect for the sacred text as well as for Tradition and the Church's Magisterium. Help them to impart to all the true meaning of the Word of God. Amen.

Feast of Sant’Amato di Nusco Vescovo

Viva Sant'Amato!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 30th is the Feast Day of Sant’Amato di Nusco Vescovo, citizen and first Bishop of Nusco, Avellino. Invoked against earthquakes and other natural disasters, many miracles and healings have been attributed to Nusco’s beloved patron. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Sant’Amato.* The accompanying photo was taken at the Società Sant’Amato di Nusco clubhouse in Long Island City, New York.
Orazione a Santo Amato
O glorioso Santo Amato, che in tempi di tenebre splendesti di sanità nella tua patria e la sollevasti a nuovi costumi e nuova vita civile, deh! stendi su tutti i tuoi devoti l'opera tua benefica.
Tu avvisasti nel tuo popolo il fervore della fede e della pietà cristiana, Tu fosti sollievo negli affanni, scampo nei pericoli, e Tu conserva ognora all'ombra tua il popolo del tuo acquisto e quanti invocano il tuo nome benedetto.
O padre e Pastore della tua Nusco spira nei cuori la carità, che ti accese verso il tuo gregge, sicché, amandoci in terra, possiamo esser insieme con Te cittadini in cielo.
* Prayer courtesy of the Saint Amato Society of Long Island City, New York

Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude in Paterson, New Jersey

Note new time and venue!

September 29, 2017

Feast of the Holy Archangels

September 29th is the Feast Day of the Holy Archangels. In celebration I’m posting a Prayer to the Archangels. The accompanying photo of seven angels vanquishing demons on the ceiling of the chapel in the house of Saint Pius V was taken during my 2007 pilgrimage to the Vatican.
A Prayer to the Archangels
Heavenly King,You have given us archangels to assist us during our pilgrimage on earth. Saint Michael is our protector; I ask him to come to my aid, fight for all my loved ones, and protect us from danger. Saint Gabriel is a messenger of the Good News; I ask him to help me clearly hear Your voice and to teach me the truth. Saint Raphael is the healing angel; I ask him to take my need for healing and that of everyone I know, lift it up to Your throne of grace and deliver back to us the gift of recovery. Help us, O Lord, to realize more fully the reality of the archangels and their desire to serve us. Holy angels, pray for us. Amen.

Announcing the 5th Anniversary Columbus Day Giglio and Block Party in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

September 28, 2017

The Last Days of September

The "Four Days of Naples" Remembered
Scene from the siege of Naples (September, 1943)
By Niccolò Graffio
“See Naples and die.” (Vedi Napoli e poi muori) – Italian proverb (variously ascribed to Virgil, Goethe and Humboldt)
The city of Naples is one of the oldest, continually inhabited cities in all of Italy, if not Europe. Tradition has it Greek settlers from Euboea founded a colony at the site sometime in the 8th century BC. Archaeologists, however, believe the earliest settlers were Greek sailors from Rhodes who established a mercantile colony on the tiny island of Megaride almost 100 years earlier. They named this colonyParthenope.
Around the 5th century BC these settlers were displaced by new arrivals from the Greek colony of Cumae. Reaching the mainland, these displaced settlers founded a new colony they named Neapolis (Gr: “New City”). In time Parthenope came to be absorbed into the growing city, being renamed simply Palaiopolis (Gr: “Old City”). Continue reading

Announcing the 2017 Fiaccolata di San Rocco, Queens, New York

For more info visit the Societá Gioventú Quagliettana on Facebook

September 27, 2017

A Look at the 2017 Santa Fortunata Procession in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Fortunata!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Saturday’s 117th Annual Procession in honor of Santa Fortunata, beloved patroness of Baucina, Sicily, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
The two day celebration, full of pomp and pageantry, began at the society clubhouse (7702 17th Ave.) in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Devotees offer donations
A prayer before the procession
The Color Guard led the way down 77th Street
Vincent and Ciro have the great honor of carrying the society's standards
Society women display the banner 
Flowers spell out Santa Fortunata
(Above & below) Decked out in their colorful raiment, participants reenact
the life and martyrdom of Santa Fortunata
The Tony Neglia Band
President Ciro Quattrocchi (right) enjoying the festivities 
Devotees pull the vara with Santa Fortunata through the neighborhood
A good time was had by all
The procession makes its way through the neighborhood
Also see:
NYC’s 2016 Feast of Santa Fortunata
NYC's 2015 Feast of Santa Fortunata
NYC's 2014 Feast of Santa Fortunata
NYC's 2013 Feast of Santa Fortunata
NYC's 2012 Feast of Santa Fortunata (Part I)
NYC's 2012 Feast of Santa Fortunata (Part II)

Attention! Change in Venue: The 114th Annual Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian will now be Celebrated at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

Also see:
• Most Precious Blood Church Heritage Profile: The Healing Saints, Cosmas and Damian

September 26, 2017

Congratulations Princess Maria Chiara di Borbone, Duchess of Capri and Noto

HRH Princess Maria Chiara di Borbone, Duchess of Capri and Noto
Photo courtesy of Real Casa di Borbone delle Due Sicilie
During an official visit to the city of Noto, Sicily over the weekend, HRH Prince Carlo di Borbone, head of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies, has conferred upon his youngest daughter HRH Princess Maria Chiara di Borbone, Duchess of Capri, the additional title of Duchess of Noto. With much love and joy in our hearts, we wish Her Highness all the best in her future endeavors and pray for God to watch over and protect her always! Auguri!

Feast of Saints Cosimo and Damiano

Saints Cosimo and Damiano
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 26th is the Feast Day of Saints Cosimo and Damiano, patrons of physicians and surgeons. Widely venerated across southern Italy, they are the principal patrons of Riace (RC), Ginosa (TA), Sferracavallo (PA), Roccascalegna (CH) and Carbonara di Nola (NA), among others. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to Saints Cosmas and Damian. The accompanying photo of the martyrs was taken at Most Precious Blood Church (109 Mulberry Street), the national shrine of San Gennaro, located in New York City's historic Little Italy.
Prayer to Saints Cosmas and Damian 

O glorious martyrs of Christ, Saints Cosmas and Damian, you gave your lives for the love of God, benefiting your fellow man, and crowning your martyrdom with an open and loyal profession of your faith. You taught us to love God above all things, and to love our fellow man as ourselves, professing always, and without fear, the religion of Jesus. 

Augmenting amongst the faithful populace many miracles, you are glorious indeed. Through your intercession, which brings about deliverance of these miracles, we pray to you for your aid in all things. May your patronage never be far from us in the illness of our body and soul. 

O great protectors, Saints Cosmas and Damian, assist us with your love and free us from all evils. Amen

September 24, 2017

Feast of Our Lady of Ransom

Evviva Maria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 24th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Ransom, also called Our Lady of Mercy (or Madonna della Misericordia). The Feast commemorates the founding of the Mercedarians, a mendicant Order devoted to the redemption of Christian slaves seized by Moslem reavers. Originally celebrated by the friars on August 1 (the night the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Peter Nolasco, prompting him to found the Order in 1218) the Feast was eventually extended to the entire Church by Pope Innocent XII and observed on September 24. The Order is credited with rescuing 70,000 Christian slaves from the Saracens. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy by Saint Augustine. The accompanying photo was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn during the 2015 Festa di Maria SS. della Misericordia, Patroness of Fontanarosa, Avellino.
Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy 
Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanks for having rescued a fallen world by your generous consent! Receive our gratitude, and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins. Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven and enable them to make our peace with God.
Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged, comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God. May all who venerate you feel now your help and protection. Be ready to help us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it your continual concern to pray for the people of God, for you were blessed by God and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world, who lives and reigns forever. Amen.

Mass and Procession in Honor of Saint Theresa in Astoria, Queens

September 23, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Festa del Santissimo Crocifisso in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Feast of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Painted ceramic of Saint Pio
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 23rd is the Feast Day of Saint Padre Pio. In commemoration, I'm posting aPrayer to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. The accompanying photo was taken in Vietri Sul Mare during my 2010 pilgrimage to Southern Italy.
Prayer to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
O Glorious Saint Pio, bearing the wounds of Christ you generously accepted your sufferings, and labored faithfully for the good of all souls. Help me to embrace that same attitude of acceptance in my life. With confidence, I ask for your intercession to obtain the grace of (make your request), which I ardently desire. If it is not, however, God's will that this should come to pass, then help me to find serenity and joy in God's choices for me. Amen

September 22, 2017

Evviva San Gennaro! A Look at the 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro in NYC's Historic Little Italy

Evviva San Gennaro!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Despite the threat of bad weather large numbers of worshipers made their way to Most Precious Blood Church in New York City’s historic Little Italy for Tuesday’s 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro (Sept. 19th). I wish to thank Msgr. Donald Sakano, Pastor, and all the parish staff and congregation for your warmth and hospitality. Special thanks to John A. Fratta, Ernest Magliato and all the members of the Figli di San Gennaro for your hard work and making the celebration a huge success. Three cheers for the Giglio Boys, the St. Rocco Society of Potenza, the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George and individual devotees who helped carry the saint through the bustling streets of Little Italy. As always, it was an honor and a priviledge to celebrate our faith and culture with you. Evviva San Gennaro!
(Above & below) Before Mass, the crucifer and acolytes led the procession of clergy down Baxter Street into Most Precious Blood Church
The rollicking Red Mike Festival Band played
many of our 
favorite patriotic and Neapolitan songs 
The sanctuary and bye-altar with statue of San Gennaro
After Mass, devotees venerate the relic of San Gennaro
Ernest Magliano and John A. Fratta
Our pals John and Sal
It was a tremendous honor to carry our beloved patron again
The procession turns off Canal Street onto bustling Mulberry Street
(L) The Red Mike Festival Band. (R) The outdoor shrine to San Gennaro
On Mulberry Street, members of the US Navy helped carry San Gennaro
(Above & below) Devotees pin donations on to the statue
Foundry markings on the base of the statue
Street lights with images of San Gennaro line Mulberry Street
After the procession, we joined our friends Annamaria and Salvator Argenio, visiting from Napoli, for some cocktails and laughs at Sapori d'Italia
Also see:
Knights of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George Participate in the 90th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in NYC's Historic Little Italy
Evviva San Gennaro! A Look at the 90th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in NYC's Historic Little Italy
Evviva San Gennaro! A Look at the 90th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in New York City's Historic Little Italy
Evviva San Gennaro! A Look at the 89th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in New York City's Historic Little Italy
A Look at the 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, New York City
A Look at NYC’s 87th Annual San Gennaro Feast
A Look at NYC's 2013 San Gennaro Parade
Pix from the 2012 San Gennaro Procession
Pix from the 2012 San Gennaro Parade
A Look at NYC's 85th Annual Feast of San Gennaro
NYC’s 84th Annual Festa di San Gennaro
New York City's Feast of San Gennaro Pictorial