July 31, 2019

July 30, 2019

Photo of the Week: Duomo di San Giovanni Battista in Vietri Sul Mare

Duomo di San Giovanni Battista at night, Vietri Sul Mare
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

July 29, 2019

A Look at the 16th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn

Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from the 16th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at St. Bernard's Church in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn.
After Mass, members of the Gioiosa Marina Social Club
place the statue on to the vera
Devotees pin donations on to the statue of Our Lady
(Above & below) Departing the bustling fairgrounds,
the procession wends its way through the neighborhood
Danny Vecchiano and the Giglio Band
Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Msgr. Joseph Grimaldi, Dcn. Frank D'Accordo and Dcn. Vincenzo La Gamba make a short stop at the beautiful Mazza residence
Members of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese
Figli Maria SS. Addolorata show their support
Back at the fairgrounds, devotees sing hymns for the Blessed Mother

Il Maestro e Margherita at Saint Cono Society Clubhouse in Brooklyn, New York

La Federazione Delle Associazioni Della Campania USA present for the first time in New York Il Maestro e Margherita, a beautiful movie made in Cilento. Producer Gianni Petrizzo will be with us to talk about the movie and meet the Italian community. Please join us on Friday August 2 at 8 pm at Saint Cono Society 231 Ainsley St. in Brooklyn. Let's all get together and support this young and talented artist. Hope to see you all. Thank you.

July 28, 2019

A Look at the 109th Annual Feast of Saint Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey

Evviva Sant'Anna! 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Scenes from Friday's 109th Annual Feast of St. Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey.
The elaborate high altar in St. Ann's Church (704 Jefferson St.)
(Above & below) After Mass, the Holy Name Society
present St. Ann
 to the expectant crowd
(Above & below) The procession wends its way through Hoboken
The color guard lead the procession
Members of the Padre Pio Prayer Group show their support
The John Duke Band
Members of the St. Ann's Guild take turns pulling the statue
(Above & below) Shrines dedicated to Sant'Anna
were erected along the procession route
Failla Memorial Home generously gave participants
sandwiches, pastries, watermelon and cold water
The Madonna Dei Martiri Society generously offered participants some delicious focaccia and much-needed cold water 
(L)  Generous locals offer cold water to participants. (R) San Giacomo greets Sant'Anna outside the Monte San Giacomo clubhouse
The procession makes a pit stop at the Monte San Giacomo clubhouse 
Inside, participants are treated to delicious roast beef and pepper sandwiches
San Giacomo joins the celebration 
Over five hours in the streets, Saint Ann is returned to the church
The statues are carried to the sanctuary
Sant'Anna and San Giacomo are placed before the altar
The party was just getting started back at the Monte San Giacomo Club

July 27, 2019

Feast of San Pantaleone

The Martyrdom of San Pantaleone
(1638) by Gerolamo Imperiali
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

By Giovanni di Napoli
July 27th is the feast day of San Pantaleone, doctor, miracle worker and martyr. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Ravello (SA), Vallo della Lucania (SA), Serrata (RC), Papanice (KR), and Montauro (CZ), among others. According to tradition, the Christian physician was beheaded during the Diocletian persecutions in Nicomedia (c. 305), and that a woman collected his spilled blood. The ampulla containing the saint's coagulated blood reached Ravello in the eleventh-century after a storm at sea miraculously transported the Basilian monks safeguarding the phial from the East to the Amalfi Coast. It is believed the relic chose the town for shelter. In commemoration I’m posting an ancient prayer to San Pantaleone.
Prayer to San Pantaleone 
O San Pantaleone di Ravello, protector and advocate, pray to our God that frees us from sins, hunger, plague, wars and great chastisements in this world; save us out of pity! Our fate be blessed to have you as a protector. Let us have a good death our always defender. Amen.
In honor of the martyr, I would also like to share a few photos taken during my 2010 pilgrimage to beautiful Ravello and its fabulous Duomo, home to the saint's relic. Continue reading

July 26, 2019

Feast of Sant’Anna

Evviva Sant’Anna!
July 26th is the Feast Day of Saint Ann, mother of Mary, patroness of housewives, pregnant women, mothers and grandmothers. Widely venerated across southern Italy, she is the principal patron of Caserta (CA), Monte San Giacomo (SA), Ischia Ponte (NA), Bacoli (NA), Lettere (NA), Boscotrecase (NA), and Vernole (LE), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Ann. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Ann's Church (704 Jefferson St.) in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Prayer to Saint Ann
Good Saint Ann, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior. By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek. Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

July 25, 2019

Feast of San Cristoforo Martire

Coat of arms of Ricigliano, Salerno
July 25th is the Feast Day of San Cristoforo Martire (St. Christopher the Martyr), patron saint of pilgrims and travelers. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, San Cristoforo is invoked against storms and the plague. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Ricigliano (SA), San Cristoforo (SA), Moscufo (PE), Valguarnera Caropepe (EN), and Giuggianello (LE), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to St. Christopher. The accompanying photo of the coat of arms of Ricigliano, a Comune in the province of Salerno, depicts the saint carrying the Christ Child across a river. Viva San Cristoforo!
Prayer to St. Christopher
Dear Saint Christopher, protect me today in all my travels along the road's way. Give your warning sign if danger is near so that I may stop while the path is clear. Be at my window and direct me through when the vision blurs from out of the blue. Carry me safely to my destined place, like you carried Christ in your close embrace. Amen.

Feast of San Giacomo il Maggiore

Viva San Giacomo! 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
July 25th is the Feast Day of San Giacomo Apostolo (Saint James the Apostle), also called James the Greater, son of Zebedee, to distinguish him from James the Lesser, son of Alphaeus. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Monte San Giacomo (SA), Calvizzano (NA), Casalnuovo di Napoli (NA), Cicala (CZ), Fuscaldo (CS), Pietrapertosa (PZ), and Roccamandolfi (IS), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Saint James the Apostle. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Ann's Church in Hoboken, New Jersey during the 2014 Feast of Saint Ann in which members of the Monte San Giacomo Society participated.

Prayer to Saint James the Apostle

O glorious Apostle, St. James, who by reason of thy fervent and generous heart was chosen by Jesus to be a witness of His glory on Mount Tabor, and of His agony in Gethsemane; thou, whose very name is a symbol of warfare and victory: obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending warfare of this life, that, having constantly and generously followed Jesus, we may be victors in the strife and deserve to receive the victor's crown in heaven. Amen.

July 22, 2019

Feast of Santa Maria Maddalena

Viva Santa Maria Maddalena!
July 22nd is the Feast Day of Santa Maria Maddalena (St. Mary Magdalene), patroness of penitents. Widely venerated across southern Italy, she is the principal patron of Atrani (SA), Bonifati (CZ), Ischia (NA), Spinoso (PZ), and Uggiano la Chiesa (LE), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to St. Mary Magdalene. The accompanying photo of The Penitent Magdalene by Corrado Giaquinto was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. 
Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene
Saint Mary Magdalene, woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love. You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence, please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy. Amen.

July 21, 2019

Feast of San Lorenzo da Brindisi

Viva San Lorenzo!
July 21st is the Feast Day of San Lorenzo da Brindisi, Apostolic Doctor of the Church. Born Giulio Cesare Russo (1559), he joined the Capuchins at the age of sixteen, taking the name Lorenzo. He excelled in theology and philosophy, and had a gift for languages, including Hebrew. Famous for his ecstatic sermons, his tears were often blotted up and used to cure the sick. While in Germany to establish Capuchin convents, Saint Lorenzo was made the chief chaplain of the Imperial Army. Crucifix in hand, he is credited with leading the severely outnumbered Christian forces to victory against the Ottoman Turks during the Battle of Székesfehérvár in Hungary (1601). An adept negotiator, the Popes often employed him in settling disputes between Christian Monarchs. Saint Lorenzo died in Lisbon on July 22, 1619 after the completion of his final diplomatic mission. At the behest of the people of Naples, he secured from King Philip III of Spain the dismissal of the oppressive Viceroy Don Pedro Téllez de Girón, 3rd Duke of Osuna. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer in Honor of Saint Lawrence. The accompanying photo of The Glory of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi comes courtesy of Il Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali.
Prayer to Saint Lawrence
Lord, for the glory of your name and the salvation of souls gave Lawrence of Brindisi courage and right judgement. By prayers help us to know what we should do and give us the courage to do it. 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

Announcing the 81st Annual Saint Ippolito Festival in Leslie, Michigan


July 20, 2019

Feast of Sant’Elia Profeta

Viva Sant'Elia!
July 20th is the Feast Day of Sant’Elia Profeta (St. Elijah the Prophet), miracle worker and Father of the Carmelites. Patron saint of aviators he is the principle protector of Sant'Elia a Pianisi (CB), Buonabitacolo (SA), Maschito (PZ), Sperone (AV), and Peschici (FG), among others. In commemoration I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Elijah. The accompanying photo of Sant'Elia smiting the false prophets of Baal was taken at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church rectory in Newark, New Jersey.
Prayer to Saint Elijah 
O glorious St. Elijah, ever a mirror of sanctity and justice, while living in this valley of tears, obtain for us of God the grace to be your followers on earth, that we may one day be partakers with you in the everlasting glory in heaven. O great Patriarch of the Order of Mount Carmel, teacher of God's people and the defender of their Faith, disperse, we entreat you, the darkness of our intellect, obscured by our evil passions, and preserve in our hearts the Faith which is kept living by works of charity. O holy Patriarch of the Most high, taken into heaven in a chariot of fire, and who shall be the precursor of Christ, when He shall come in the splendor of his infinite majesty to judge the living and the dead, pray for us, that loving Him and sincerely serving Him on earth, we may have the great happiness of loving Him for all eternity in the blessed kingdom of heaven. Amen.

Feast of Santa Margherita di Antiochia

Evviva Santa Margherita! 
Photo courtesy of Marilena Giovanna
July 20th is the Feast of Saint Margaret of Antioch (Santa Margherita di Antiochia), virgin and martyr. She is the patroness of farmers, nurses and pregnant women. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, St. Margaret is invoked against infertility and for safe childbirth. In addition to the martyr’s palm, she is often depicted with a dragon. According to legend, the Devil in the guise of a great serpent appeared before Margaret to tempt and deceive her. Instead of succumbing to his treachery she simply made the sign of the cross and sent the fiend packing, recoiling in pain. Other versions of the story say she was swallowed whole by a dragon. Pressing her cross against the creature’s stomach she emerged unharmed, thus her association with pregnancies and labor. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Margaret. The accompanying photo was taken at the Parish of S. Margherita e S. Nicola del Pumpulo in Pastena, Salerno.
Prayer to Saint Margaret of Antioch
O God, grant us through the intercession of Thy holy virgin and martyr Margaret, undauntedly to confess the Faith, carefully to observe the chastity of our state of life, and to overcome the temptations of the world, the devil, and the flesh, and thereby escape the punishments of eternal damnation. Amen