June 30, 2019

Photo of the Week: Statue of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Habsburg

Statue of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of Habsburg sculpted by Vincenzo Gemito in a niche on the western facade of the Palazzo Reale di Napoli (Royal Palace of Naples) in the Piazza del Plebiscito (formally Largo del Palazzo Reale), Naples. Photo by New York Scugnizzo

June 29, 2019

Feast of San Pietro and San Paolo

Viva San Pietro e San Paolo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
June 29th is the Feast Day of San Pietro and San Paolo (Saints Peter and Paul), Apostles and Martyrs. Widely venerated across southern Italy, the saints are the principal patrons of Galatina (LE), Agropoli (SA), Miglionico (MT), Petronà (RC), and Lamezia Terme (CZ), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to St. Peter and St. Paul. The accompanying photo of Saints Peter and Paul by Jusepe de Ribera (Játiva 1591-1652 Naples) was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Prayer to Saint Peter and Saint Paul

O holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, I choose you this day and forever to be my special patrons and advocates; thee, Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles, because thou art the Rock, upon which Almighty God hath built His Church; thee, Saint Paul, because thou wast fore-chosen by God as the Vessel of election and the Preacher of truth in the whole world. Obtain for me, I pray you, lively faith, firm hope, and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, attention in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be able to overcome the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and may be made worthy to appear before the chief and eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth for endless ages, to enjoy His presence and love Him forever. Amen.

June 28, 2019

Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacro Cuore di Gesù in Napoli
The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sacro Cuore di Gesù) is celebrated nineteen days after Pentecost Sunday in reparation for the indignities and sins committed against Our Lord. The devotion has its origins in the eleventh century, but only became widespread in 1690 after the death of its principal exponent St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. First celebrated in 1670, the Feast was eventually extended to the whole church by Pope Pius IX in 1856. The counter-revolutionary movements of the 18th and 19th centuries—such as the Royalists of the Vendée during the French Revolution and the Pontifical Zouaves during the so-called Italian Risorgimento, among others—were steadfastly loyal to the devotion. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting the Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. The accompanying photo of the Sacred Heart was taken at the Chiesa di San Ferdinando in Piazza San Ferdinando during my 2007 pilgrimage to Napoli.
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee. I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee. I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants. Amen.

June 27, 2019

Support the 130th Annual Feast of Saint Rocco Rallyup Raffle Campaign

This is our main fund-raising event. It is our hope that the profit from the raffle can go toward our society's budget for the feast and to help support Most Precious Blood Church. This will help our Society keep the Feast of St Rocco and our Italian-American Catholic Traditions going.

Winner of the Raffle does not need to be present. We will call and/or email the winners after the raffle drawing on the evening of Sunday, August 18th.

Come Join us on Sunday, August 18th 2018 for the 130th Feast of St. Rocco. For details please visit our website at http://www.stroccosociety.com

June 26, 2019

Around the Web: Italian American Power Hour Episode 98, “Could America’s Mayor Be Any More Italian?”

An Intimate Afternoon with Mayor Rudy Giuliani

The Italian American Podcast Power Hour Team with Mayor Giuliani
This week’s episode of the Italian American Power Hour is one for the ages, when most of the gang reassembles in New York City for the chance to spend an incredible day with America’s Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Known for leading one of the most transformative eras in the history of America’s great metropolis, Mayor Giuliani sat down with us for over two and a half hours of honest, contemplative, and (in true Power Hour fashion) meandering discussion about life, faith, service, and exactly why his Italian heritage makes him the man he is today.

Find out how a day at the beach changed his life path, and how his love of the Latin Mass made him an opera lover. Learn what inspired his beliefs about homelessness and crime, and how his Italian culture made him one of American politic’s great huggers. Find out where his affections fall in the debates between southern and northern Italy, and get an inside look at his infamous mission to destroy the American mafia.

While you may think you know this iconic figure, this episode will reveal an often-unseen side of this familiar man… his glaringly Italian soul. It’s Rudy like you’ve never heard him, in what we are sure will go down as one of our most talked about episodes yet!

Listen to the episode

June 25, 2019

Feast of San Guglielmo di Montevergine (da Vercelli)

The Vision of St. William of Vercelli by Domenico Antonio Vaccaro
June 25th is the Feast Day of San Guglielmo di Montevergine (St. William of Montevergine), hermit and abbot. Patron saint of Irpinia in Avellino, St. William was the founder of the Benedictine Williamites, the now defunct monastic Order of Mount Virgin. He built several monasteries in southern Italy, including that of Montevergine in 1119, and served as a trusted advisor to HRH King Ruggero II of Sicily.

According to tradition, while living as a hermit on a mountain near Atella in Potenza, St. William restored site to a blind man. News of the miracle brought unwanted attention and compelled him to leave and find a new place of solitude. Moving to Monte Virgiliano (named after the Roman Poet Virgil) he had a vision of the Blessed Mother holding the Divine Infant. With only his donkey, he started building a shrine in her honor on the site of an earlier temple to Cybele. One day while working, a wolf killed his donkey. St. William scolded the beast and commanded it to take the donkey’s place. The wolf obeyed the saint and started hauling timber and stone.

To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to St. William. The accompanying photo of The Vision of St. William of Vercelli (Visione di San Guglielmo da Vercelli) is by the great Neapolitan artist Domenico Antonio Vaccaro (1678-1745). 
Prayer to St. William
O God, Who hast set for us in Thy saints an example and a help to our weakness, to assist us to tread the path of salvation, grant us so to venerate the virtues of the blessed abbot William, that we may share in his prayers and follow in his footsteps. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Photo of the Week: Statue of Alfonso the Magnanimous

Statue of Alfonso the Magnanimous, King of Naples and Sicily sculpted by Achille D’Orsi in a niche on the western facade of the Palazzo Reale di Napoli (Royal Palace of Naples) in the Piazza del Plebiscito (formally Largo del Palazzo Reale), Naples. Photo by New York Scugnizzo

June 24, 2019

Feast of San Giovanni Battista

Viva San Giovanni!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
June 24th is the Feast of San Giovanni Battista, or Saint John's Day. In Southern Italy, Saint John's Eve (June 23rd) is traditionally celebrated with bonfires known as Saint John's Fire. The bonfires were part of an ancient purification ritual connected with the June solstice. Sometimes called "Summer Christmas," the Feast is a celebration of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, the herald of Jesus Christ. The church also commemorates his Passion on August 29th. 

As my name day, the Feast has an additional special significance to me. Buon onomastico to my fellow Duosicilicani named Giovanni! 

To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Saint John the Baptist. The accompanying photo of the Battesimo di Cristo by Gerolamo Starace-Franchis (Napoli, notizie dal 1754 al 1783) was taken during my 2010 visit to the Museo Civico di Castel Nuovo in Napoli.
Prayer to Saint John the Baptist
O God, You raised up Saint John the Baptist to prepare a perfect person for Christ. We call upon Saint John's intercession to properly prepare us with a true sense of repentance to receive Your grace and salvation. Make us faithful to truth and justice, as You did Your servant, John the Baptist, herald of Your Son's birth and death. Lord, may You increase Your life within us. Amen.

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart in Kearny, New Jersey

June 23, 2019

Feast of Santa Agrippina di Mineo

Evviva Santa Agrippina!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
June 23rd is the Feast Day of Santa Agrippina di Mineo, virgin and martyr. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Agrippina. The accompanying photo was taken at the 2014 Feast of Santa Agrippina in Boston's North End. Boston is home to many descendants of Mineo, Sicily, and they venerate their patroness each August with a beautiful Feast in her honor.
Prayer to St. Agrippina
O glorious virgin and Martyr Agrippina your cruel executioner bound you to prepare you for martyrdom. Pray for us that our hearts will also be bound always to God's holy love, Let us pray fervently. May devotion to Saint Agrippina Endure for ever. Amen.
Also see:
• Celebrating a Hundred Years of Devotion to Santa Agrippina di Mineo in Boston, Mass. (Part 1)
• Celebrating a Hundred Years of Devotion to Santa Agrippina di Mineo in Boston, Mass. (Part 2)

Happy Birthday Princess Maria Carolina!

HRH was born in Rome, Italy on June 23, 2003
Photo courtesy of Real Casa di Borbone
Happy Birthday Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Calabria and Palermo! May God's love and affection be with you always! Auguri Altezza Reale!

Announcing the 2019 Festa Della Madonna Delle Grazie, Ridgewood, New York

Feast of San Guglielmo di Montevergine in Washington, DC

June 22, 2019

Feast of San Paolino di Nola

Viva San Paolino!
June 22nd is the Feast Day of San Paolino (Saint Paulinus), Bishop and Patron of Nola (NA). To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to San Paolino. The accompanying photo was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 
Prayer to San Paolino
O Lord, You made Saint Paulinus renowned for his love of poverty and concern for his people. May we who celebrate his witness to the Gospel imitate his example of love for others. 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.

Solemn High Mass for the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

June 21, 2019

Solemn Mass for Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Bridgeport Cathedral

Happy Summer!

Apollo with lyre
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
In celebration of the summer solstice, or midsummer, I would like to share a poem by Vittorio Clemente from Dialect Poetry of Southern Italy: Texts and Criticism (A Trilingual Anthology) edited by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas, 1997, p.38. The accompanying photo of Apollo was taken at The Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli) during my 2010 visit to Napoli. In addition to being the god of music, poetry and prophecy, Apollo was, of course, the god of the sun.
Bliss
Golden days of summer, facing the sun,
facing the sea, delighted, and content.
Days spent eavesdropping on the wind,
mindful of words whispered in secret.

Words I'd unravel; listening, alone,
for the voice of the world, the nothing beyond,
alone, while my nimble heart took flight
for untold trysts and destinations.

Perhaps for the very edge of the world,
where Our Lady of the Mariners
trims white roses in the morning.

And to find myself here, again, eyes
like a boy's, quick and bright, seeing, upon
the lace of waves, roses ride to shore...

(Translated by Anthony Molino)

June 20, 2019

The Feast of Corpus Christi

Celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, the Feast of Corpus Christi, or Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, honors the real presence of the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting the Anima Christi, a Medieval prayer of unknown origin. The accompanying photo of a traditional Eucharistic Procession was taken after the Tridentine Mass at Our Lady of Peace Church in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Anima Christi 

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

Feast of San Silverio

Evviva San Silverio! 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
June 20th is the Feast Day of San Silverio, Pope, martyr and protector of the island of Ponza. San Silverio is also the co-patron of Frosinone (FR) and Scerni (CH), where he shares his patronage with Sant’Ormisda and San Panfilo di Sulmona, respectively. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to San Silverio.(*) The accompanying photo was taken during the 2014 Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Prayer to San Silverio
O Glorious San Silverio, pastor of the Universal Church and hero of the Faith, you were blessed with the courage to die in witness to Christ and the Gospel. Through your example, may we be filled with the courage to profess our faith in Jesus Christ, and to serve Him with generosity in our neighbor. Amen
* Prayer courtesy of the San Silverio Society of Dover Plains, New York. For more about the society visit http://sansilverioshrine.org

June 19, 2019

Novena and Consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacro Cuore di Gesù,
Chiesa di San Ferdinando, Napoli
Novena to the Sacred Heart attributed to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque to be recited daily for nine consecutive days:
O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of ______ (name your request here). Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . . Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of ______ (name your request here). Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . . Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of______ (name your request here). Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . Glory Be . . . Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours. Hail Holy Queen . . . St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
contemplating the Sacred Heart
of Jesus by Corrado Giaquinto
The Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart attributed to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque:
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee. 
I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee. 
I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants. Amen.

June 18, 2019

Feast of San Calogero

Viva San Calò!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
June 18th is the Feast Day of San Calogero, the Calcedonian hermit and miracle maker. Widely venerated throughout Sicily, he is one of the principal patrons of Sciacca (AG), Torretta (PA), San Salvatore di Fitalia (ME), and Agrigento (AG), among others. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to San Calogero. The accompanying photo of the statue of San Calogero was taken at Most Precious Blood Church, the National Shrine of San Gennaro, in New York City's Little Italy.
Prayer to San Calogero
O glorious San Calogero, turn your gaze to us and hear our prayer. You have been sent by God to radiate in Sicily the light of the Gospel. You served with penance to seek God in the solitude. You taught the way of salvation and virtue. All call upon thee miracle worker, because by your intercession God gave speech to the dumb, health to the sick, hearing to the deaf and sight to the blind. Save us from danger and grant the graces we ask of you. Amen

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart in Kearny, New Jersey

June 17, 2019

Photo of the Week: Statue of Ruggiero il Normanno

Statue of Roger the Norman sculpted by Emilio Franceschi in a niche on the western facade of the Palazzo Reale di Napoli (Royal Palace of Naples) in the Piazza del Plebiscito (formally Largo del Palazzo Reale), Naples. 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

5th Annual Corpus Christi Mass, Outdoor Procession & Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament in East Harlem, New York

June 16, 2019

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

The Most Holy Trinity
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
The first Sunday after Pentecost is the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, or Trinity Sunday. The celebration honors the Triune nature of the Godhead, who is one eternal and incomprehensible God in the form of three divine persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 
In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to the Most Holy Trinity. The accompanying photo of the statue of the Most Holy Trinity was taken in the choir loft of the Shrine Church of Saint Anthony of Padua (154 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012) in SoHo, New York.
Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity 
God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray, that in profession the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Happy Birthday Princess Beatrice di Borbone!

HRH was born in Saint-Raphaël, France on June 16, 1950
Photo courtesy of Real Casa di Borbone
Il Regno would like to extend our warmest birthday wishes to Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, Dame Grand Cross of Justice and Grand Prefect of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. May God continue to shower you with all the blessings you truly deserve. Auguri Altezza Reale!

Happy Father's Day!

In celebration of Father's Day I'm sharing a poem by Achille Serrao from Cantallèsia: Poems in the Neapolitan Dialect (1990-1997), edited and translated by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas 1999, p. 68-69.

My Father Never Left...

My father never left
the last mouthful in the plate
and didn’t throw away half a cigarette, ever.

I do, times have changed
and so have sayings…
as for instance:
tell me who your father is
I’ll tell you who you are.

Pàtemo nun lassava...

Pàtemo nun lassava
'o muorzo d''a crianza dint' ô piatto
e nun jettava 'a meza sigaretta, mai.
I' si, 'e tiempe só ccagnate
e 'nzieme 'e ditte càgneno...
tanto pe' mme n'ascì:
'e chi sì ffiglio, dimme
e te dico chi sì.

June 15, 2019

Feast of San Vito Martire

Viva San Vito!
June 15th is the Feast day of San Vito Martire (St. Vitus the martyr). One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, San Vito is invoked against neurological disorders (e.g. Saint Vitus Dance), rabies and animal attacks. He is also the patron saint of epileptics, dancers and actors. Widely venerated across Southern Italy, he is the principal protector of Aquilonia (AV), Mazara del Vallo (TP), Ciminna (PA), Forio (NA), San Vito sullo Ionio (CZ), Regalbuto (EN), and Torella die Lombardi (AV), among others. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer in Honor of Saint Vitus. The accompanying photo was taken at Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey.
Prayer in Honor of Saint Vitus
Grant us, O God, through the intercession of St. Vitus, a due estimation of the value of our soul and of its redemption by the precious blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ; so that, for its salvation, we bear all trials with fortitude. Give this Thy youthful servant and heroic martyr as a guide and protector to Christian youths, that following his example they may after a victorious combat receive the crown of justice in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

June 14, 2019

Viva Sant'Antonio! A Look at the 2019 Feast of St. Anthony of Padua in SoHo, New York

Thursday evening the Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua (154 Sullivan St.)
celebrated its Titular Feast with a solemn Mass and procession
 
Members of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza in NYC show their support
The beautiful high altar with statue of St. Anthony
receiving the apparition of the Infant Jesus
 
 
After Mass, devotees had the opportunity to venerate the relics of Sant'Antonio 
Religious items and blessed bread were available in the church basement 
Donations were pinned to the statue
The Red Mike Festival Band 
The procession wends its way through the neighborhood
 The procession returns to the church with much fanfare 
Salvatore and Konstantinos help carry 
Steve's giant votive candle back to the church 
Afterward, we visited Song' e Napule Pizzeria for our celebratory meal
As always, I enjoyed a delicious plate of Paccheri alla Genovese 
Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
• A Look at the 2018 Festa di Sant'Antonio da Padova in Soho, New York
• A Look at the 2017 Festa di Sant'Antonio da Padova in Soho, New York
• A Look at the 2016 Festa di Sant’Antonio da Padova in SoHo, New York
• A Look at the 2015 Festa di Sant’Antonio da Padova in SoHo, New York
• A Look at the 2014 Festa di Sant'Antonio da Padova in Soho, New York

June 13, 2019

Feast of Sant'Antonio di Padova

Viva Sant'Antonio!
June 13th is the Feast day of Sant'Antonio di Padova (St. Anthony of Padua), Doctor of the Church and "Hammer of Heretics." On this day in 1799, under the watchful eye of the great saint, Cardinal Fabrizio Ruffo and his Army of the Holy Faith (Sanfedisti) liberated Naples from the clutches of the Jacobin satellite state (Repubblica Partenopea) propped up by the French army and restored HRH King Ferdinand IV to the throne.

Widely venerated across southern Italy, Saint Anthony is the principal patron of Montefalcione (AV), Andretta (AV), Afragola (NA), Anacapri (NA), Fardella (PZ), Oppido Lucano (PZ), Gorgoglione (MT), Rotondella (MT), and Nicastro (CZ), among others. He is also invoked to recover lost or stolen items. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua. The accompanying images depict the victorious Cardinal Ruffo leading the Royalist forces under the protection of Saint Anthony.
Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua
O glorious St. Anthony, safe refuge of the afflicted and distressed, who by miraculous revelation has directed all those who seek aid to come to Thy altar with the promise that whosoever visits it for nine consecutive Tuesdays, and there piously invokes thee, will feel the power of the intercession. I, a poor sinner, encouraged by this promise, come to thee. O powerful Saint, and with a firm hope I implore thy aid, thy protection, thy counsel and thy blessing. Obtain for me, I beseech thee my request in this necessity. But if it should be opposed to the Will of God and the welfare of my soul, obtain for me such other graces as shall be conducive to my salvation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

June 12, 2019

Feast of Sant'Onofrio

Viva Sant'Onofrio!
June 12th is the Feast Day of Sant'Onofrio the hermit, patron saint of weavers and jurists. He is also invoked to help recover stolen or lost objects and by women seeking successful husbands. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Centrache (CZ), Sant’Onofrio (VV), Petina (SA), Casalvecchio Siculo (ME), and Serramonacesca (PE), among others. He is co-patron of Palermo (PA) and Sutera (CL). To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to Sant’Onofrio.* The accompanying photo was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 
Preghiera
O glorioso Sant’ Onofrio, nostro protettore, devotamente a Te ricorriamo e prostrati davanti alla Tua immagine, con affetto e con gratitudine, ti ringraziamo, ti veneriamo e ti invochiamo.
O Sant’ Onofrio, benedetto anche in terra lontana e straniera, nostro protettore nelle afflizioni e nelle debolezze, allontana da noi ogni male e fa’ che un raggio della Tua luce possa rischiarire la nostra vita.
O Sant’ Onofrio, Tu che sei vissuto nella solitudine del deserto, fa’ che anche noi sul Tuo esempio, possiamo affrontare con coraggio i dolori e i travagli della nostra vita quotidiana, rimanendo sempre fedeli a Dio, camminando sulla via della fede, della speranza e della carita’.
O nostro santo protettore, oggi e sempre imploriamo la tua speciale protezione sulle nostre famiglie, i nostri anziani, vicini e lontani, e specialmente sui nostri giovani.
O nostro amabile protettore, Sant’ Onofrio, con tenero affetto e tanto amore, chiediamo al Signore, tramite la Tua intercessione, di essere sempre protetti da ogni pericolo.
Per Cristo nostro Signore. Amen.
* The prayer to Sant’Onofrio was reprinted from the Committee Sant’Onofrio Centrachese di Toronto website