October 21, 2018

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October 19, 2018

Celebrating the Feast of San Gerardo Maiella in New York City

Due Sicilie pride on display
at Song' e Napule
Tuesday evening, my confratelli and I broke bread at Song’ e Napule restaurant (146 W Houston St.) in celebration of the Feast of San Gerardo Maiella. Burning the candle at both ends of late, sharing a few laughs with good friends over an enjoyable meal while venerating our glorious patron was a much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of our increasingly unrecognizable city.
One of our favorite Neapolitan hotspots in Manhattan, our celebratory meal included burrata with arugula and prosciutto, frittatina di pasta napoletane, polpo alla griglia over beans, and lasagna napoletana. All delicious, the hearty dishes paired well with the bottles of aglianico del vulture we imbibed. Dolce and caffé rounded off the sumptuous repast.
Satiated, but not ready to say goodnight, our party took a leisurely stroll through the brisk autumn night, stopping briefly outside nearby St. Anthony of Padua Church (155 Sullivan St.), to walk-off our meal and shoot the breeze. 
Though a modest tribute to the saint, all in all it was a memorable evening replete with fellowship and devotion. Viva San Gerardo!
I picked up a few gifts at the Feast of St. Gerard in Newark, New Jersey
Imported burrata with arugula and prosciutto
Frittatina di pasta napoletane
Polpo alla griglia
Lasagna napoletana
Photos by Andrew Giordano and New York Scugnizzo
Song' e Napule Pizzeria ★★★★★
146 W Houston Street
New York, NY 10012

Feast of San Pietro d'Alcántara

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
October 19th is the Feast Day San Pietro d'Alcántara (St. Peter of Alcántara), Mystic and Confessor. Patron saint of night watchmen, he is also invoked against virulent fevers. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to St. Peter of Alcántara. The accompanying photo of Saint Ann and a young Virgin Mary with Saint Lucia and Saint Peter of Alcántara by Pietro Bardellino (Napoli 1728-1820) was taken at the Museo Civico di Castel Nuovo in Naples. Evviva San Pietro!
Prayer to St. Peter of Alcántara
St. Peter of Alcántara, you were a tireless watchman of God. Your Vigils were the most difficult and remarkable of all the austerities which touched the heart of God himself. We put in your hands our petitions. St. Teresa of Avila attested that all she asked from God invoking your name, God did not refuse. Use your influence with God for our petitions in this novena (mention your request here). Help us face our daily sufferings and enable us to pray as you did through the nights. We promise on our part to take seriously our life of prayer and live simply, sharing what we have to the poor and the needy. We ask you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

October 18, 2018

Feast of San Luca Evangelista

Viva San Luca!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
October 18th is the Feast Day of San Luca Evangelista (St. Luke the Evangelist), patron saint of artists, physicians and surgeons. Venerated across southern Italy, he is also the principal protector of Praiano (SA), San Luca (RC), and Motta d’Affermo (ME), among others. In commemoration, I'm posting a prayer in honor of Saint Luke. The accompanying photo of San Luca was taken at the Basilica Santa Trofimena in Minori.

Prayer to St. Luke the Evangelist

Almighty God, you inspired Your servant St. Luke the Evangelist and Physician to set forth in the gospel the love and the healing power of your Son. In faithfully detailing the humanity of Jesus, he also showed the divinity of Jesus and His genuine compassion for all human beings. May St. Luke intercede for us that we may deepen our understanding of the gospel and grow in compassion of Jesus. May his intercession enable our new parish to follow Your way and plan for us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

October 17, 2018

Celebrating the 119th Annual Feast of San Gerardo Maiella in Newark, New Jersey (Part 2)

The "Italian Cathedral"
Evviva San Gerardo! 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
A Look at Saturday’s 119th Annual Feast of San Gerardo Maiella at St. Lucy’s Church, the National Shrine to St. Gerard, in Newark, New Jersey. Known as the "Italian Cathedral," the church–with its vast collection of southern Italian religious iconography–is without a doubt one of my favorite places to visit. (See Part 1, The Procession and Fairground)
Saint Gerard in Heavenly Glory by Gonippo Raggi.
Mural on the apse in Saint Gerard's Chapel
(Above & below) Paintings by Raggi in the chapel depict the life of the Saint
The high alter and statue St. Gerard in the sanctuary
In the dome of the apse is a mural of the crowing and glorification of
Santa Lucia with Cathedral Church in Siracusa and Mt. Etna
Rose window with image of Santa Lucia
Clerestory windows above the aisles illuminate the nave.
Images include San Michele Arcangelo and San Sabino di Avellino
Stained glass window with San Gerardo and Santa Lucia
(L) Colorful murals enhance the church's ceilings.
(R) A large Crucifix outside the Sacred Heart of Jesus chapel
An old standard of the Societa Femminile Maddalonese
San Michele Arcangelo adorns the Sacred Heart Chapel
Among the many statues depicting the Blessed Mother are
the Madonna del Pierno and the Madonna Addolorata
I offered thanks to San Michele Arcangelo and
San Vito for graces received through their intercession
Making the rounds, I made my customary intercessory prayers
to all the saints, including to San Sebastiano and San Sabino
Once again, I was blessed with the
opportunity to venerate the relic of San Sabino

October 16, 2018

Celebrating the 119th Annual Feast of San Gerardo Maiella in Newark, New Jersey (Part 1)

The Procession and Fairground
Evviva San Gerardo! 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
A Look at Saturday’s 119th Annual Feast of San Gerardo Maiella at St. Lucy’s Church, the National Shrine to St. Gerard, in Newark, New Jersey. (See Part 2, The "Italian Cathedral")
Devotees pin donations onto the statue
The church was filled with votive candles 
(Above & below) After Mass, the procession departs the church
(Above & below) To the delight of the expectant crowd,
San Gerardo emerges from St. Lucy's with great fanfare
The LaRocca family makes a generous offering
(Above & below) The statue is covered with donations
Members of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza in New York City
and the St. Joseph Society of Lodi, New Jersey show their support
The Metropolitan Festival Band
Boy Scouts carry the flags at the head of the procession 
(Above & below) The procession makes its way from the fairgrounds
Always great to see our buddy Frankie at Buon Antipasto
We made new friends at Avellino's Pizza
Large blankets of money are made to wrap around the statue 
Carnival games for the kids
Before leaving, I inhaled a delicious hot sausage and peppers sandwich

Feast of San Gerardo Maiella

Viva San Gerardo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
October 16th is the Feast Day of Saint Gerard Maiella, patron of motherhood. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a prayer for expectant mothers.(*) The accompanying photo of the Saint was taken during the 2012 Feast of Saint Gerard at St Lucy's Church, National Shrine of Saint Gerard in Newark, New Jersey.
Prayer For Motherhood
O good St. Gerard, powerful intercessor before God and Wonderworker of our day, I call upon thee and seek thy aid. Thou who on earth didst always fulfill God's designs, help me to do the holy Will of God. Beseech the Master of Life, from Whom all paternity proceedeth, to render me fruitful in offspring that I may raise up children to God in this life and heirs to the Kingdom of His Glory in the world to come. Amen.
(*) Prayer For Motherhood was reprinted from The Feast of St Gerard Maiella, C.Ss.R.: A Century of Devotion at St. Lucy's, Newark, New Jersey by Reverend Thomas D. Nicastro, The History Press, 2012, p. 148

October 15, 2018

Photo of the Week: Virgil's Tomb in Naples by Franz Ludwig Catel

Virgil's Tomb in Naples (c.1818) by Franz Ludwig Catel,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Recalling the traditional birth date of the famed Roman poet Virgil, or Publius Vergilius Maro, on October 15, 70 BC, we're posting the painting of Virgil's Tomb in Naples (c.1818) by Franz Ludwig Catel.

All Saints Day Masses at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York

On Thursday, November 1, 2018, The Church Universal celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints. We joyfully remember all who have attained the beatific vision and are in Heaven (collectively known as the Church Triumphant), especially those who are not yet canonized. 

Those who are canonized are able to be remembered in the Sacred Liturgical Rites of the Church (Mass and Divine Office), and those who are not beatified or canonized may be prayed to privately (i.e baptized infants and children who have passed away before the age of reason).

This day is a Holy Day of Obligation, meaning you must assist at the Holy Sacrifice on this day or the night before, as you would on Saturday night or Sunday.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Pontifical Shrine
448 E 116th St. 
New York, NY 10029 

Masses will be celebrated at:

October 14, 2018

Southern Italian Halloween Costume Ideas

'O Munaciello, The Little Monk
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Halloween is once again upon us and, in accordance with its tradition, children (and adults) must decide what costumes to wear for the festivities. Since we all have our favorite characters from Southern Italian history or folklore, we thought it would be fun and interesting to consider some of them for this year's costumes.

'O Munaciello "The Little Monk" This mischievous pint-sized Neapolitan spirit is blamed for almost everything that goes wrong, except when he wears his red cap, then he is associated with good deeds. He is small, pale and wears a monk's robes. It is best to stay on his good side.