June 2, 2019

Feast of Sant’Erasmo

Viva Sant'Erasmo!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
June 2nd is the Feast Day of Sant’Erasmo (also Sant’Elmo or Saint Erasmus of Formia), Bishop and Martyr. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Sant’Erasmo is invoked to help women in labor and those suffering from abdominal pain and intestinal ailments. Protector of Gaeta and Formia,* he is also the patron saint of sailors. Saint Elmo’s Fire, a corona discharge in the air caused by atmospheric electricity, is named after the saint and is considered a good omen by his devotees. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting an Invocation of St. Erasmus. The accompanying photo of the saint was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The picture below of the Castel Sant’Elmo (originally a church dedicated to Sant’Erasmo) atop the Vomero Hill was taken during my 2010 visit to Napoli.
Invocation of St. Erasmus
Holy Martyr Erasmus, who didst willingly and bravely bear the trials and sufferings of life, and by thy charity didst console many fellow sufferers; I implore thee to remember me in my needs and to intercede for me with God. Staunch confessor of the Faith, victorious vanquisher of all tortures, pray Jesus for me and ask Him to grant me the grace to live and die in the Faith through which thou didst obtain the crown of glory. Amen.
Castel Sant'Elmo overlooking Napoli
* Originally part of the Terra di Lavoro Province of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Gaeta and Formia are now part of present day Provincia di Latina, Lazio