October 31, 2017

Photo of the Week: Ruins of the Temple of Hera and Poseidon at Paestum

Heraion II (Temple of Hera and Poseidon) at Paestum, Salerno
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

October 30, 2017

Feast of Sant'Angelo d'Acri

Viva il Beato Angelo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
October 30th is the Feast Day of Sant'Angelo d'Acri, Capuchin priest, itinerant preacher and patron of Acri, Calabria. Canonized by Pope Francis on October 15, 2017 with 34 other new saints, I'm posting a prayer to commemorate the occasion. The accompanying photo was taken during the 2015 Feast 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 Sant'Angelo d'Acri
O God, you gave to your priest Sant'Angelo the grace to call sinners to penance through his words and miracles, grant through his intercession, that we may be sorry for our sins, and gain eternal life. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen

Around the Web: Blessed Angelo of Acri

The incorrupt body of St. Angelo is venerated in the Basilica in Acri, Calabria
Reprinted from Tradition in Action
By Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
Angelo, who would be the great apostle of South Italy, was born in 1669 in Acri, Calabria. He was the son of a manual worker. He entered the Capuchins and was a missionary for 40 years until his death in 1739.
His sermons attracted thousands and the number of conversions he worked was impressive. He received a special grace to combat the evil of the errors of the philosophy of that century. His first sermon was supposed to be preached in Lent, and Angelo spent much time studying and preparing for it, planning its delivery in the florid oratorical style fashionable at the time. When he mounted the pulpit to give it, he forgot the text completely. It was a complete failure. Continue reading

October 28, 2017

The Lioness of the South: Michelina De Cesare

Michelina De Cesare
Oct. 28, 1841 — Aug. 30, 1868
By Giovanni di Napoli
On March 17, 1861 the Kingdom of Italy was born. The events that led to its birth are many but most are hidden behind the myths of theRisorgimento, a romanticized, but false, version of Italian unity. Portraying themselves as liberators, the House of Savoy effectively annexed and colonized the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and Papal States. It didn't take long after unification that the lies and false promises of the Northern conquerors become apparent. The new rulers not only continued the unjust policies they promised to eliminate but in many cases they exacerbated them.

Betrayed and desperate, the people of the South rebelled against the Piedmontese and their collaborators. For well over a decade the Northern invaders waged a bloody war of repression against the Southern insurrection, deceitfully referred to as "the war against brigandage." The occupational forces committed many atrocities against the so-called "brigands," perhaps the most famous of which were the Pontelandolfo and Casalduni massacres. The Southerners retaliated by exacting retribution whenever possible. At its peak, over 100,000 soldiers were needed to suppress the revolt. Tribunals, roundups, deportations and summary executions were an integral part of Italian nation building. Continue reading

Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of All Souls at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in East Harlem, New York

October 27, 2017

A Look at the 116th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo Martire di Craco in Little Italy, New York City

Viva San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Sunday’s 116th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo Martire di Craco at Most Precious Blood Church in Little Italy, New York.
San Vincenzo Martire di Craco at Most Precious Blood Church 
The Craco Society's antique flag is stored in an
acid-free 
preservation box for posterity 
About sixty pilgrims attended the Feast Day Mass
(L) Donations are pinned onto the 1930s era statue of San Vincenzo.
(R) Our dear friends Fred Spero and Paul Tocci with the relic of San Vincenzo
 
(L) The bone and blood reliquaries are kept at the saint's feet.
(R) A look at Most Precious Blood's High Altar 
(L) Teaching the traditions to the next generation.
(R) Our friends Andrew Taranto and Dolores Alfieri
with Bill Russo, project manager at Most Precious Blood Church
Making the rounds, I made my customary intercessory prayers
to the saints (including San Rocco and newly sainted Sant'Angelo di Acri)
for the happy repose of the souls of my ancestors
At Forlini's Restaurant, President Joe Rinaldi delivers his welcome address 
Msgr. Grieco says grace before lunch
Partygoers pack into Forlini's for the celebratory meal
Mr. Francavilla with a handful of his famous homegrown diavolicchio
A beautiful family heirloom.
The old Reginella crown from the Feast of San Rocco was on display
 
The party room was decorated with images of Craco and San Vincenzo

Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of All Saints at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in East Harlem, New York

October 26, 2017

The Associazione Amici di Totò’s “New York Hall of Fame” Tribute at the Italian American Museum

This year's Associazione Amici di Totò’s "New York Hall of Fame"
Photos courtesy of New York Scugnizzo
As an unabashed Napoliphile, it was a tremendous honor to be counted among the Associazione Amici di Totò’s “New York Hall of Fame,” a tribute recognizing individuals who promote Neapolitan culture in New York City. In complete accord with fellow recipient Dr. Joseph Scelsa, our endeavors are a labor of love undertaken out of a sense of duty, not for any reward or glory. However, while we don’t do it for the accolades it is still nice to know members of our community appreciate our efforts.
Held on Monday, October 23rd, at the Italian American Museum in New York City’s historic Little Italy, the first edition of this terrific initiative—organized in conjunction with the Comitati Due Sicilie USA—kicked off with the screening of three movie trailers and five short films by some very talented Neapolitan writers and directors. Among these was Michelangelo Basso’s fascinating Capuzzelle, a short story based on Antonio De Curtis’ (Totò’s) poem ‘A Livella and shot in Naples’ famous Fontanelle Cemetery.
After a short intermission, guests mingled, discussed the films, and enjoyed some lite fare and vino, courtesy of the museum. The festivities resumed with the awards ceremony and brief thank-you speeches. As an added bonus, the Comitati honored Dr. Joseph Scelsa, Vincenzo de Sio and yours truly with certificates for our commitment and passion for southern Italy. 
Congratulations to my fellow honorees: Dr. Joseph Scelsa; Sonia Palmieri; Claudia Romano; Luigi and Antonietta Peluso; Dennis Loiacono; Era Makoci; Michele Pilla; Mngucc Del Core; Luigi Liberti; Michelangelo Basso; my dear friend Marcantonio Pezzano; and my Constantinian brethren, Cav. Charles Sant’Elia. I am humbled to be among such wonderful company.
Thank you President Alberto De Marco, Vincenzo De Sio and all the members of the Associazione Amici di Totò for you hard work and dedication to Neapolitan culture, film, and the memory and legacy of the great Totò. We look forward to the Association’s exciting new projects showcasing the vast talent and imagination of Neapolitan cinema.
The awards table
Vincenzo De Sio awards IAM President Dr. Joseph Scelsa 
Vincenzo awards Dennis Loiacono and Sonia Palmieri
Vincenzo awards Claudia Romano and Luigi Liberti
Vincenzo awards Luigi and Antonietta Peluso
Vincenzo awards Domenico Del Core and Michele Pilla
Vincenzo awards Marcantonio Pezzano
Vincenzo awards Cav. Charles Sant'Elia
Cav. Sant'Elia presents Dr. Scelsa
with the Comitati's coveted certificate of appreciation
In the presence of Vincenzo De Sio, Cav. Sant'Elia presents
Cav. John Napoli with the Comitati's certificate of appreciation

Traditional Latin High Mass for the Feast of Christ the King at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, East Harlem

October 25, 2017

Compra Sud — E. Rossi & Co.

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Also see:
A Memorable Night in Little Italy
Visiting Sant'Antonio's Relic (and More) in NYC's Historic Little Italy
Friday Night Recap
Hanging With Patrizio Buanne in New York City’s Historic Little Italy

October 24, 2017

Feast of San Raffaele Arcangelo

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
October 24th is the Feast Day of San Raffaele Arcangelo (St. Raphael the Archangel), patron of travelers, happy meetings, matchmakers, healers and the blind. In celebration I’m posting a prayer to St. Raphael. The accompanying photo of Tobias and the Angel (c. 1622) by Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, better known as Battistello, was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel
O Raphael, lead us towards those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us! Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand towards those we are looking for! May all our movements, all their movements, be guided by your Light and transfigured by your Joy.
Angel Guide of Tobias, lay the request we now address to you at the feet of Him on whose unveiled Face you are privileged to gaze. Lonely and tired, crushed by the separations and sorrows of earth, we feel the need of calling to you and of pleading for the protection of your wings, so that we may not be as strangers in the Province of Joy, all ignorant of the concerns of our country.
Remember the weak, you who are strong—you whose home lies beyond the region of thunder, in a land that is always peaceful, always serene, and bright with the resplendent glory of God. Amen.

October 23, 2017

Feast of San Giovanni da Capestrano

Viva San Giovanni!
October 23rd is the Feast Day of San Giovanni da Capestrano, patron Saint of military chaplains and jurists. He is also the protector of Capestrano, a commune in the Province of L'Aquila (Abruzzo), where he was born in 1386. 
San Giovanni is revered as the "soldier saint" for his role in the valiant defense of Belgrade against the Ottoman Turks in 1456. With his fiery sermons, he helped raise a peasant army and assisted John Hunyadi, the heroic White Knight of Wallachia, in breaking the siege and routing the invaders. 
To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer in honor of St. John of Capistrano. The accompanying photo of the soldier saint comes courtesy of Tea at Trianon.
Prayer to St. John of Capistrano
Lord, you raised up Saint John of Capistrano to give your people comfort in their trials. May your Church enjoy unending peace and be secure in your protection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Photo of the Week: Ruins of the Temple of Athena at Paestum

Ruins of the Temple of Athena at Paestum, Salerno
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

October 22, 2017

Feast of San Vincenzo Martire

Viva San Vincenzo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
The fourth Sunday of October is the Feast Day of San Vincenzo Martire, patron Saint of Craco, Lucania. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Vincent. (*) The accompanying photo of the reclining statue of San Vincenzo and relic was taken at Most Precious Blood Church (113 Baxter St.) in Little Italy, New York. The picture of the standing statue was taken during the 2012 Feast of San Vincenzo Martire at now closed Saint Joseph's Church (5 Monroe Street) in Manhattan, the national shrine of San Vincenzo. For more on Saint Vincent's Feast Day please visit the Craco Society and the San Fele Society.
Prayer to St. Vincent
Patron of Craco, Lucania


O strong and glorious St. Vincent, our distinguished patron, who had the honor of giving your life for loyal testimony to Jesus Christ, turn your loving gaze on us who by wise design of providence, are, the unworthy, fortunate guardians of your relics.

Teach us, oh, generous Martyr, the tenacity to do good in the way in which you serve as model, having preserved good intentions even when you were violently torn from the quiet life of our family.

Communicate with our souls a little of the great love which you showed evidence of in your lifetime. Pray to the Lord Jesus
that because the generosity of your love of the Cross, that our hearts will be evermore enkindled. Present to Jesus, sweet friend of our souls and crown of Martyrs our earnest desire to support courageously, like you, every suffering of our lives, Amen


(*) A Prayer to St. Vincent courtesy of the San Felese Society

October 21, 2017

HRH Princess Beatrice of Bourbon Two Sicilies Featured in the Fall 2017 Issue of 'Ambassador'

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
I’m honored to have been published in the Fall 2017 issue of Ambassador Magazine (Vol. 29, No. 1), the official organ of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). My brief profile of HRH Princess Beatrice of Bourbon Two Sicilies, this year’s recipient of NIAF’s Special Achievement Award in Philanthropy, joins the triannual publication’s many fascinating features spotlighting Sicily and southern Italy, including an interview with Stephan Talty, author of The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History, and our friend Karen Haid’s In His Blood, a look at Francis Marion Crawford and the coastal Calabrian town that inspired his vampiric tale, For the Blood is the Life. Thank you NIAF for publishing my article and promoting our Duesiciliano culture and heritage!

Auxiliary Malta Walk in NYC, October 2017

Francesca Temesta, DM (fifth from right), and the Order of Malta Auxiliary
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
After missing last month’s Auxiliary Malta Walk for the Feast of San Gennaro, it felt good to be back with our friends from the Knights of Malta and help distribute food to the homeless. Meeting every third Tuesday of the month (@7:30pm) at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral parish house (263 Mulberry Street), members of the Order's Auxiliary and friends prepare and hand out food in the surrounding neighborhoods. Led by the incomparable Francesca Tempesta, DM, our little, but spirited, group distributed 70 bags of ready-to-eat food (sandwiches, fruit, etc.) and toiletries (toothbrushes, mouthwash, etc.).
Anyone interested in supporting this noble endeavor can contact the Order of Malta Auxiliary at nycaux@orderofmaltaamerica.org or call 917-566-3937. For additional information, the Order can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/maltaauxiliarynyc.
God Bless Francesca, the Order of Malta Auxiliary, and Msgr. Sakano for organizing the monthly walk, their hard work and generosity are truly inspiring. I am deeply honored to serve with such an outstanding group of people and excited to do my part and contribute in any way I can to this worthy initiative.
Also see:
Auxiliary Malta Walks in NYC, July 2017
Supporting the "Malta Walks" Street Ministry

October 20, 2017

A Look at the 118th Annual Feast of Saint Gerard Maiella in Newark, New Jersey

Evviva San Gerardo! 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Sunday's 118th Annual Feast of San Gerardo Maiella at Saint Lucy's Church, the national shrine of Saint Gerard, in Newark, New Jersey. 
Saint Gerard in Heavenly Glory by Gonippo Raggi.
Mural on the apse in Saint Gerard's Chapel
Boy Scout carried Old Glory during the National Anthem
After Mass, San Gerardo emerges from St. Lucy's Church with much fanfare
Cardinal Joseph Tobin offers a benediction before the procession
Devotees bring their babies to be blessed by the Saint 
Members of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza show their support
Always great to see our friends from the St. Joseph Society of Lodi, NJ
We stopped by to see our buddies at Buon Antipasto
We made new friends at Earth Moon Tide raw bar
Watching my weight, I skipped the fried food this year
and enjoyed some oysters with hot sauce and horseradish
Inside the church, I offered thanks to Santa Lucia and San Vito
for graces received through their intercession 
Making the rounds, I made my customary intercessory prayers
to the saints (including San Michele and San Sabino)
for the happy repose of the souls of my ancestors
I was blessed to have the opportunity to venerate the relic of San Sabino