October 31, 2018

A Glorious 25 Years

Il Regno wishes our Neoborbone brethren all the best at the upcoming celebration for the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Movimento Neoborbonico. Convening Saturday, November 3rd at the Teatro Mediterraneo della Mostra d'Oltremare di Napoli, a veritable who’s who of Due Siciliani activism, including very special guests TRH Prince Carlo and Princess Camilla di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, will discuss the Movement’s storied past and where its headed.
Though many of us in the diaspora community are unable to celebrate in person with you, know we are always with you in spirit and will continue the good fight here in the States. Forza e onore and Viva o’ Rre!

A Halloween Treat

Tarocco Siciliano cards by Modiano
Thanks Ernie from E. Rossi & Company (193 Grand St.) in Little Italy, New York for the Tarocco Siciliano cards by Modiano. It's a much-appreciated gift that brings back a lot of memories of my younger “Bohemian" years, to put it nicely, when friends gathered in smoke-filled rooms to talk shop and play cards. 
Though never a skilled player, I’ve always found the artwork on playing cards fascinating, especially the macabre imagery of tarot cards. Having dated a couple of streghe back in the day, I’ve seen my share of less generic decks, including a beautiful handprinted one from Benevento.
Popularly used to seek hidden knowledge by practitioners of divination, it is little known that tarot is actually a traditional card game like scopa and briscola, and has no connection to the arcane arts. I never actually played the game, but now with my new deck I look forward to learning how and introducing it to my family on game night. Happy Halloween!

Traditional Masses for All Saints and All Souls Day

Thursday, November 1st, All Saints Day (A Holy Day of Obligation):
St. Mary Church, Norwalk, CT, 8 am low Mass, 5:30 pm high Mass.
St. Pius X, Fairfield, CT, Solemn Mass, 7:30 pm. Celebrant: Fr. Richard Cipolla, Deacon: Fr. Michael Novajosky: Rector of the Cathedral in Bridgeport, CT. Subdeacon: Fr. Timothy Iannacone, Parochial Vicar, St. Pius X, Fairfield. Mass Setting: Missa O quam gloriosum (Tomás Luis de Victoria, 1548-1611)
Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Bridgeport, CT, low Mass at 7:45 am, Missa Cantata at 6 pm.
St. Stanislaus Church, New Haven, CT, 5:30 low Mass.
St. Martha Parish, Enfield, CT, 7 PM
Holy Innocents Church, New York, low Mass at 8 am, Missa Cantata, 6:00pm
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, New York, NY, low Mass at 7:45 am; Solemn Mass and veneration of relics, 7:30 pm.  Fr. Marian Wierzchowski, celebrant, Fr. Tomasz Szczepanczyk, deacon, Fr. Christopher Salvatori, subdeacon.
St. Anthony Church, 1496 Commonwealth Ave., Bronx, 6 pm, with Pro-Quartet Choirs.
St. Josaphat Church, Bayside, Queens, NY, Missa Cantata, 7:30 pm.
St. Fidelis, College Point, Queens, 7:15 am.
Immaculate Conception, Sleepy Hollow, NY, low Mass, 7 pm.
Our Lady of the Way Chapel, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, 10 am.
St. Ladislaus, Hempstead, NY (Long Island), 9 am.
St. Matthew Church, Dix Hills, NY (Long Island), 10:30 am.
St. Isidore Church, Riverhead, NY (Long Island), 2 pm.
Saint Anthony of Padua Jersey City, NJ– Missa Cantata, 8:00pm
Saint Anthony of Padua, West Orange, NJ, low Mass, 7:00pm
Friday, November 2nd, All Souls Day:
St. Mary Church, Norwalk, CT,  8:00 am low Mass, 5:30 pm high Mass.
Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Bridgeport, CT, low Mass at 7:45 am, Missa Cantata at 6 pm.
St. Patrick Church, Bridgeport, CT,  7:30 pm, featuring Victoria’s Missa Pro Defunctis a 4.
St. Mary’s Church, Baltic, CT, 7 pm, Solemn Mass, includes Faure’s Requiem Mass setting.
St. Stanislaus Church, New Haven, CT, low Mass 8 am.
Holy Innocents Church, New York, NY, low Masses at 8 am and 5:15 am, Solemn Requiem Mass, 6 pm
Our Lady of Mount Carmel,  New York, NY, Low Mass, 7:45 am; 7:30 pm Requiem Mass (please note that the all night vigil is cancelled.
St. Anthony Church, 1496 Commonwealth Ave., Bronx, 6 pm
St. Josaphat Church, Bayside, Queens, NY, Missa Cantata, low Mass at 5:30 pm and 6 pm; confessions (6:45 pm-7:20pm), Missa Cantata at  7:30 pm.
Immaculate Conception, Sleepy Hollow, NY, low requiem Mass, 7 pm.
St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Center, NY, 6 pm, Holy Cross Chapel located in the convent building adjacent to the cathedral.
St. Anthony of Padua, Jersey City, Requiem Mass, 8 pm
St. Anthony of Padua, West Orange, NJ, Requiem Mass, 7 pm.
St. John the Baptist Church, Allentown, NJ,  Solemn Requiem Mass, 7 pm, featuring the Faure Requiem. Reception follows in the church hall.
Other Requiem Masses in November:
St. Mary’s Church in Greenwich, CT will offer a Solemn Requiem Mass on Tuesday, November 6th at 7:30 pm, featuring Victoria’s Requiem for 4 Voices.
Holy Name Church, Brooklyn, NY, Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 pm, traditional Requiem Mass.
St. Vincent Ferrer Church, New York, NY, Tuesday, November 13, 7 pm,  Solemn Requiem Mass in the Dominican Rite.  The Schola Cantorum of St. Vincent Ferrer will perform the Requiem in C by Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806) under the direction of James Wetzel.

October 30, 2018

Celebrating the 117th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco, in Little Italy, New York

The statue and relic of San Vincenzo beneath the Guariglia bye altar
Photos by New York Scugnizzo and 
Lucia Malanga-LaRocca
By Giovanni di Napoli
Sunday morning, I joined my Cracotan friends at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood (113 Baxter St.) in Little Italy, New York for the 117th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco. Msgr. Nicholas Grieco, himself a descendant of immigrants from Craco Vecchio in Basilicata, was the celebrant and he was dutifully assisted by Cantor Susan Mello. Members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George were in attendance.
Thank you Fred Spero, Stephen La Rocca and all the members of the Craco Society for your hard work and dedication. As always, it was a tremendous pleasure to celebrate our faith and culture together. Viva San Vincenzo!
Members of the Craco Society fill the pews 
Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Nicholas Grieco 
The First Reading
The Second Reading
Proclaiming the intercessions
Cantor Susan Mello 
Msgr. Grieco spoke at length about San Vincenzo
(L) Stephen LaRocca with the first class relic of San Vincenzo.
(R) Donations are pinned to the miniature statue of the saint
Stephen teaching his son how to venerate the saints
Dame Luisa Cristofano with Cavalieri Vincent Gangone and John Napoli
of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George
Partygoers enjoyed a festive luncheon at Il Cortile Restaurant
Addendum 1: The Feast of Sant’Angelo d’Acri
After Mass, I had the privilege of helping carry the statue of SantAngelo d’Acri from his niche in the rear of the church to the bye alter for the upcoming Mass in the Saint’s honor. Though I was unable to stay for the Mass, it was a great pleasure to be able to contribute something in my own small way to the celebration. Viva SantAngelo d’Acri!
(L) Devotees of Sant'Angelo d'Acri gather around the statue.
(R) Looks like Salvatore has the same devotion to the saints as his father
Addendum 2: Watching Napoli at Ribalta
Instead of partaking in the Craco Society’s festive luncheon at Il Cortile Restaurant (125 Mulberry St.) in Little Italy, a few of us decided to break bread at Ribalta (48 E 12th St.)—the official headquarters of Club Napoli NYC—and watch SSC Napoli’s highly anticipated match against AS Roma in the always contentious Derby del Sole (Derby of the Sun) at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples. 
Packed to the rafters with raucous Napoli fans, we ate, drank and sang our fill, ever willing on our beloved Partenopei against La Lupa. Though the game ended in a disappointing 1-1 tie, we still had a terrific time. Forza Napoli Sempre!
Stewed baby octopus 
Fried calamari with lemon aioli sauce and a bottle Aglianico 
The Borbone 
The Marinara with anchovy

Feast of Sant'Angelo d'Acri

Viva Sant'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

Also see: Around the Web: Blessed Angelo of Acri

October 29, 2018

Photo of the Week: Bronze Head of Hypnos at Axel Munthe's Villa San Michele in Anacapri

Bronze head of Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep,
 in the loggia at Axel Munthe's Villa San Michele in Anacapri, Capri

Photo by New York Scugnizzo

October 28, 2018

This Day in History: The Battle of the Milvian Bridge

The Arch of Constantine in Rome. Situated between the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum, the triumphal arch was dedicated in 315 to commemorate the Emperor's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of the Milivian Bridge
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli

On October 28, 312 AD Emperor Constantine the Great defeated the usurper Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. The victory definitively ended the Roman Empire’s period of Tetrarchy (leadership of four people) established by Diocletion in 293 and set the stage for Constantine’s eventual ascension to sole rule of the empire.
According to tradition, after defeating Maxentius’ forces in northern Italy Constantine advanced south to the Tiber River outside of Rome. At the Milvian Bridge (Ponte Milvio) Constantine found his enemy mobilizing for battle instead of safely preparing for a siege behind Rome’s walls. Looking to the heavens, he invoked the help of Summus Deus, or the greatest god. 
That night, Constantine dreamt of the Chi and the Rho (XP), the first two letters of Christ’s name in Greek, and heard a voice proclaim “In Hoc Signo Vinces,” which means “By this sign you will conquer.”
At dawn, the Emperor had a vision of the Cross rising from the light of the sun and ordered his legion’s to paint the Chi and the Rho on their shields. The symbol and the Cross were also affixed to the Emperor’s golden standard (labarum).
Arrayed before the bridge the two armies clashed. After much valor, struggle and bloodshed, Constantine eventually won the day and routed his enemy. Attempting to flee the field of battle, Maxentius was thrown from his horse and drowned in the Tiber. The corpse was fished from the river and put on show to allay any doubts about Constantine's decisive victory.  
Entering Rome in triumph on October 29th, Constantine was acknowledged as the Western Emperor. He converted to Christianity and legalized the faith in 313, thus ending 300 years of Christian persecution by the Romans.
With Emperor Licinius’ victory over Emperor Maximinus II in the East (313) and Constantine’s subsequent victory over Licinius at the Battle of Chrysopolis on September 18, 324, he became the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
Choosing the strategic city of Byzantium to be the Empire's new capital, on May 11, 330 he renamed it Constantinople after himself.

Solemnity of Christ the King

Christ Pantocrator, Photo by Niccolò Graffio
Celebrated on the last Sunday of October, the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King celebrates the authority of Christ as King of the cosmos. In commemoration, I'm posting A Prayer to Christ the King. The accompanying photo of Christ Pantocrator (Christ Almighty) was taken at the Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily.
A Prayer to Christ the King
O Jesus Christ, I acknowledge you as universal King. All that has been made has been created for You. Exercise all Your rights over me. I renew my Baptismal Vows. I renounce Satan, his pomps and his works; I promise to live as a good Christian. And, in particular do I pledge myself to labor, to the best of my ability, for the triumph of the rights of God and of Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, to You do I offer my poor services, laboring that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred kingship, and that thus the reign of Your peace be established throughout the whole universe. Amen

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 27, 2018

Feast of San Gaudioso di Napoli

Viva San Gaudioso!
October 27th is the Feast Day of San Gaudioso di Napoli, patron saint of Rione Sanità, a neighborhood in the Stella district of Naples.
In 439 AD, the Vandal King Genseric exiled Septimius Celius Gaudiosus, Bishop of Abitinia (a town in the Roman Province of Africa), and a handful of followers for refusing to convert to Arianism. Cast out to sea in a rickety boat with no oars or sail, the vessel and its passengers miraculously landed safely across the Mediterranean at Naples.
Settling on the Capodimonte hill, San Gaudioso is credited with building a monastery, introducing the Rule of St. Augustine, and the translation of several relics, including that of Santa Restituta.
When he died (c.452 AD), the holy man was interred in a necropolis outside the city walls. Quickly becoming a place of devotion and veneration by locals, the catacombs were named in his honor. Abandoned in the Late Middle Ages due to mudslides (known as the Lave dei Virgini) and the removal of the saint’s relics to a safer location, the catacombs eventually opened again in the 16th century with the discovery of a 5th or 6th century Byzantine icon of the Madonna della Sanità, the oldest depiction of the Virgin Mary in Naples.
In addition to the icon and the tomb of San Gaudioso, the catacombs preserve several frescoes and mosaics dating from the 17th century all the way back to the Paleochristian era, including a painting of St. Peter introducing the deceased Pascentius to a third figure believed to be either St. Paul or Jesus Christ.
More recently, the renowned Neapolitan poet Totò (Antonio De Curtis, 1898-1967) composed the poem 'A Livella, which was inspired by a painting of Memento Mori (the Triumph of Death) in the catacombs.
In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to San Gaudioso di Napoli. The accompanying photo comes courtesy of the Catacombe di San Gaudioso.
Prayer to San Gaudioso di Napoli 
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the examples of San Gaudioso di Napoli may effectually move us to reform our lives; that while we celebrate his feast, we may also imitate his actions. Look upon our weakness, almighty God, and since the burden of our own deeds weighs heavily upon us, may the glorious intercession of San Gaudioso protect us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

November 2018 Constantinian Food Walk

This Thursday, November 1st at 7:00PM join the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George Auxiliary Corps for their monthly food walk. Volunteers will meet at the Church of the Transfiguration cafeteria (29 Mott Street—entrance on Mosco St.) in Chinatown, New York to prepare and distribute food to the homeless.

Anyone interested in supporting this charitable endeavor can contact Cav. John Napoli at jnapoli@smocsg.com. For additional information, the Order can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at The Constantinian Chronicle. IHSV

Also see: Constantinian Auxiliary Hit the Streets of Lower Manhattan for Inaugural Homeless Food Walk

Traditional Masses for the Feast of Christ the King in New York

October 26, 2018

Acqua’s Annual Cena Spettacolo–Neapolitan Soiree

The usual suspects came out to party at the “Brigands' Roost”
Photos by Andrew Giordano and New York Scugnizzo
Tuesday night my friends and I celebrated Neapolitan culture at Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar’s 2nd Annual Cena Spettacolo–Neapolitan Soiree in Manhattan’s historic South Street Seaport. For the occasion, Chef Giuseppe Marrone prepared a spectacular Neapolitan menu complete with insalata di mare, parmigiana di melanzane, polpette, spaghettoni ai ricci di mare, filet di orate al cartoccio con profumo di mare, paccheri con ragù’ napoletano, sfogliatella, wine, cocktails, and digestifs (limoncello, amaro). Perfectly paired with the meal was a live musical performance by Gerry Gennarelli and Roberto Iriti Jit. The entertaining duo interpreted a variety of traditional jazz and Neapolitan standards, including a rousing rendition of everybody’s favorite, 'O surdato 'nnammurato.
Festivities kicked off with Gerry Gennarelli and Roberto Iriti Jit
(L) Acqua’s simple decor. (R) What better way to begin a celebration than with a bottle of Falanghina del Sannio, a tasty dry white wine from Campania
Insalata di mare
(mixed seafood, carrots, celery and lemon dressing)
(L) Polpette (traditional beef meatballs with tomato sauce and parmigiana).
(R) Parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmigiana)
Paccheri con ragù’ napoletano
(tube pasta with traditional Neapolitan ragu’)
Spaghettoni ai ricci di mare
(handcrafted pasta with sea urchin, parsley and lemon zest)
(Neapolitan puff pastry with ricotta and orange zest)
(Above & below) Family and friends enjoying the revelry
After dinner, guests stretched their legs and mingled 
Chef Marrone (above) and partygoers (below) get in on the act
(Above & below) Revelers get into the spirit and dance the tarantella 
'O triccheballacche
(Above & below) After a few drinks, we really start to kick up our heels
(Above & below) Chef Marrone lives and breathes Napoli
Briganti show their Due Sicilie pride
ACQUA Restaurant & Wine Bar ★★★★★
21 Peck Slip @ Water Street
New York, New York 10038
Tel 212.349.4433