September 30, 2019

Napoli Nobilissima: Naples and the Visual Culture of Renaissance & Baroque Italy at Seton Hall University

Photo of the Week: San Michele Arcangelo in Pomarico

Grazie mille Andrew Giordano for sharing your wonderful photo
of the Feast of San Michele Arcangelo in Pomarico, Basilicata

Feast of San Girolamo

St. Jerome removing a thorn from the lion’s paw
September 30th is the Feast day of San Girolamo (Saint Jerome), Doctor of the Church. Scholar and historian, he is best known for his translation of the Bible into Latin. Protector of Cittanova in Reggio Calabria, San Girolamo is also the patron saint of archeologists, translators, scholars, librarians and students. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to St. Jerome. The accompanying photo of St. Jerome removing a thorn from the lion’s paw (c. 1440-70) by Early Renaissance Neapolitan painter Niccolò Antonio Colantonio is on view at the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples.
Prayer to St. Jerome
Master of unworldliness and founder of monasteries, you had a deep love for God's inspired Word and were a most careful translator of the Sacred Scriptures. Your single-mindedness in seeking God's glory is a perfect model for all exegetes. Inspire them with respect for the sacred text as well as for Tradition and the Church's Magisterium. Help them to impart to all the true meaning of the Word of God. Amen.

Feast of Sant’Amato di Nusco Vescovo

Viva Sant'Amato!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 30th is the Feast Day of Sant’Amato di Nusco Vescovo, citizen and first Bishop of Nusco, Avellino. Invoked against earthquakes and other natural disasters, many miracles and healings have been attributed to Nusco’s beloved patron. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Sant’Amato.* The accompanying photo was taken at the Società Sant’Amato di Nusco clubhouse in Long Island City, New York.
Orazione a Santo Amato
O glorioso Santo Amato, che in tempi di tenebre splendesti di sanità nella tua patria e la sollevasti a nuovi costumi e nuova vita civile, deh! stendi su tutti i tuoi devoti l'opera tua benefica.
Tu avvisasti nel tuo popolo il fervore della fede e della pietà cristiana, Tu fosti sollievo negli affanni, scampo nei pericoli, e Tu conserva ognora all'ombra tua il popolo del tuo acquisto e quanti invocano il tuo nome benedetto.
O padre e Pastore della tua Nusco spira nei cuori la carità, che ti accese verso il tuo gregge, sicché, amandoci in terra, possiamo esser insieme con Te cittadini in cielo.
* Prayer courtesy of the Saint Amato Society of Long Island City, New York

September 29, 2019

Celebrating Michaelmas at Our Lady of Peace Church in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Evviva San Michele!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Sunday morning, Members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George joined a score of parishioners at Our Lady of Peace Church (522 Carroll St.) in Gowanus, Brooklyn for the Missa Cantata in honor of the Feast of the Archangel Michael. Mass was sung by celebrant and homilist Fr. Christofer M. Cullen, who was dutifully assisted by several servers and church choir.
The sanctuary
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
Stained glass depiction of Christ
appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Our Lady of the Rosary appears to
St. Dominic de Guzman and St. Catherine of Siena
Sant'Antonio da Padova
The Holy Souls of Purgatory

Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel

September 29th is the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel, Prince of the Heavenly host. Dating from the fifth century, the celebration recalls the Apparition of St. Michael on Mount Gargano in Apulia and the founding of several Churches in honor of the Archangel. In celebration I’m posting the Consecration to Saint Michael. The accompanying photo of Seven angels vanquishing demons on the ceiling of the chapel in the house of Saint Pius V was taken during my 2007 pilgrimage to the Vatican.

Consecration to Saint Michael

Saint Michael the Archangel, invincible Prince of the Angelic hosts and glorious protector of the universal Church, I greet thee and praise thee for that splendor with which God has adorned thee so richly. I thank God for the great graces He hast bestowed upon thee, especially to remain faithful when Lucifer and his followers rebelled, and to battle victoriously for the honor of God and the Divinity of the Son of Man.

Saint Michael, I consecrate to thee my soul and body. I choose thee as my patron and protector and entrust the salvation of my soul to thy care. Be the guardian of my obligation as a child of God and of the Catholic Church as again I renounce Satan, his works and pomps.

Assist me by thy powerful intercession in the fulfillment of these sacred promises, so that imitating thy courage and loyalty to God, and trusting in thy kind help and protection, I may be victorious over the enemies of my soul and be united with God in Heaven forever. Amen.

Around the Web: September News and Happenings from the Constantinian Chronicles

Photo courtesy of Marie Therese Valle
A Look at the Annual Mass for the Persecuted Church in New York City

On Thursday, September 26th, members of the Order participated in the Annual Missa Cantata for the Persecuted Church at the Church of the Holy Family (315 East 47th St.) in New York City. Continue reading

Photo courtesy of New York Scugnizzo
Celebrating the 93rd Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, New York

On Thursday, September 19th, members of the Order celebrated the 93rd Annual Feast of San Gennaro at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood (113 Baxter St.) in Little Italy, New York. Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Cav. Timothy Pickles
Celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in New Orleans

By kind invitation of the Pastor Fr. Garret O'Brian, the Southern Sub-Delegation of the Order held its mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Saturday, September 14th at St. Patricks Church on Camp Street, New Orleans. Chaplain Fr. William Farge SJ Ecclesiastical Knight of Grace was the celebrant in the Extraordinary form rite. Continue reading

Photo courtesy of New York Scugnizzo
Celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Little Italy, New York

Saturday, September 14th — Members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George celebrated Solemn High Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood in Little Italy, New York. Continue reading

First Thursday Missa Cantata for the Feast of Saint Theresa of the Infant Jesus in East Harlem, New York

September 28, 2019

A Most Regrettable Sunday

Reject the practice of
Communion in the hand
Having woken up late last Sunday, I didn’t have enough time to make the long trek to the Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine Mass) at either Our Lady of Peace Church (522 Carroll St.) in Brooklyn or Holy Innocents Church (128 W 37th St.) in Manhattan. So I ended up going to a local Novus Ordo (New Order) service instead and immediately regretted my impropriety.

The irreverence of the average parishioner was scandalous. If the awful din of chattering people rustling through bags, banal music, girl altar boys, and the lack of genuflecting or kneeling in the presence of the tabernacle wasn’t enough, the final straw before I walked out was the pastor’s ill-informed sermon, in which he spoke gushingly about Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen activist who recently admonished the United Nations about the environment.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, people need to stop using children beset with adolescent angst (or other problems) for their own political expedience. If you’re not going to talk about religious or moral matters during Mass, you can at least not wax lyrical about an overwrought child clearly being exploited by her irresponsible parents to help push their own agenda. Besides, that'll be the day I take advise on important issues from a child (or celebrity, athlete or any other callow personality for that matter).

We’re constantly told the new rite can be as beautiful and serene as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, but in my experience, even the most reverent Novus Ordo pales in comparison. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the New Mass isn’t valid or cannot be beautiful.(1) The problem is more often than not they are rife with Liturgical abuse and mishaps. In addition to the examples above, just last week (at a different church) I saw a priest chase after a woman who walked off without consuming the consecrated Host during Holy Communion. Thankfully, when confronted, she did not put up a fuss.

Regrettably I failed to fulfill my Sunday obligation and will add that to my long list of sins at weekly Confession, but I am dismayed at the unnecessary deprivation of Traditional Masses in New York City, especially Brooklyn, the so-called “Borough of churches.” Despite the spate of closings in recent years, there are still plenty of churches in this city. The fact that only five (that I know of) offer the "Mass of the Ages" regularly on the Sabbath is appalling.(2)

I literally have a church one block away from my home. There are easily a half-dozen more in walking distance, still I choose to commute an hour and a half or more on the dirty and unreliable subway every time I want to go to Mass because none of them celebrate the Extraordinary Form. While this may be too difficult for many (families, elderly, etc.), I do this happily in order to worship God in what I believe to be the most fitting manner. And after that most regrettable Sunday, I'm off to bed early so as not to have a repeat offense.

                                        ~ Giovanni di Napoli, Saturday, September 28th, the Feast of Good King Wenceslas
(1) I attend a lot of Italian Feast celebrations and some can be quite nice. The Masses celebrated ad orientem (to the east) at the Church of St. Rocco (18 3rd St.) in Glen Cove, New York and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (259 Oliver St.) in Newark, New Jersey stand out.

(2) St. Agnes Church (143 E 43rd St., New York City); St. Josaphat Church (34-32 210th St., Bayside, Queens); Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (448 E 116th St., East Harlem, New York); Our Lady of Peace Church (522 Carroll St., Brooklyn, New York); and the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 W 37th St., New York City).

Announcing the 116th Annual Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian in NYC

September 27, 2019

Feast of Saints Cosma and Damiano

Viva Saints Cosma and Damiano!
September 27th is the traditional Feast Day of Saints Cosma and Damiano, patrons of physicians and surgeons. Widely venerated across southern Italy, they are the principal patrons of Riace (RC), Ginosa (TA), Sferracavallo (PA), Roccascalegna (CH) and Carbonara di Nola (NA), among others. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to Saints Cosmas and Damian. The accompanying photo of the martyrs was taken 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 Saints Cosmas and Damian 

O glorious martyrs of Christ, Saints Cosmas and Damian, you gave your lives for the love of God, benefiting your fellow man, and crowning your martyrdom with an open and loyal profession of your faith. You taught us to love God above all things, and to love our fellow man as ourselves, professing always, and without fear, the religion of Jesus. Augmenting amongst the faithful populace many miracles, you are glorious indeed. Through your intercession, which brings about deliverance of these miracles, we pray to you for your aid in all things. May your patronage never be far from us in the illness of our body and soul. O great protectors, Saints Cosmas and Damian, assist us with your love and free us from all evils. Amen

Missa Cantata for the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel in East Harlem, New York

September 24, 2019

Evviva Maria! The Madonna Addolorata of Mariotto

Members of the society process the painting during Mass
On Sunday, September 15th, members of Mariotto community in the Bronx celebrated their Annual Feast of the Madonna Addolorata, Patroness of Mariotto, Apulia, with Mass at beautiful Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (627 E. 187th, St.) in the Bronx, New York.
Thank you Angela Molinini for sharing your wonderful picture of the painting of Madonna Addolorata of Mariotto. Anyone interested in learning more about the celebration and the society can email them at

Feast of Our Lady of Ransom

Evviva Maria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
September 24th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Ransom, also called Our Lady of Mercy (or Madonna della Misericordia). The Feast commemorates the founding of the Mercedarians, a mendicant Order devoted to the redemption of Christian slaves seized by Moslem reavers. Originally celebrated by the friars on August 1 (the night the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Peter Nolasco, prompting him to found the Order in 1218) the Feast was eventually extended to the entire Church by Pope Innocent XII and observed on September 24. The Order is credited with rescuing 70,000 Christian slaves from the Saracens. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy by Saint Augustine. The accompanying photo was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn during the 2015 Festa di Maria SS. della Misericordia, Patroness of Fontanarosa, Avellino.
Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy 
Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanks for having rescued a fallen world by your generous consent! Receive our gratitude, and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins. Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven and enable them to make our peace with God.
Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged, comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God. May all who venerate you feel now your help and protection. Be ready to help us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it your continual concern to pray for the people of God, for you were blessed by God and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world, who lives and reigns forever. Amen.

Photo of the Week: Crocifisso at the Chiesa di San Giuseppe in Taranto, Apulia

Grazie mille Andrew Giordano for sharing your wonderful photo
of the 
Crocifisso at the Chiesa di San Giuseppe in Taranto, Apulia

September 23, 2019

A Look at the 2019 Pilgrimage to the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pennsylvania

The Our Lady of Grace Chapel and iconic arches
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Saturday, September 21, on the occasion of the Feast of San Matteo, I had the privilege of joining my dear friends of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata and Gruppo Italiano Sant'Atanasio (G.I.S.A.) on their pilgrimage to the National Centre for Padre Pio in Barto, Pennsylvania from St. Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
It was a picture-perfect day to visit the Centre 
Bronze statues of Padre Pio with children and Padre
Raffaele di Sant'Elia a Pianisi
 greet visitors on their Arrival
In addition to the chapel and spiritual sites, the Centre boasts
an impressive museum, cultural center, gift shop, and café 
There was also an outdoor food court and picnic area
With plenty of time to kill before Mass, our group
found a shady tent outside the gift shop to have lunch
(Above & below) We enjoyed some delicious homemade
focaccia Barese and torta di carciofi alla Calabrese
Because it was the Saturday Ember Day of Autumn, I had just a sliver of each
(L) A view from the arches built to resemble the friary in
San Giovanni Rontondo, Foggia. (R) A peek into the courtyard
Votive candles line the walls of the courtyard
An outdoor shrine to Sant'Antonio di Padova
Sant'Antonio and the Madonna del Romitello
The outdoor shrine to the Madonna del Romitello 
(Above & below) The Centre is home to Maria Ss. del Soccorso di Castelfranci, Avellino and San Michele Arcangelo, protettore di Sturno, Avellino
Our Lady and San Michele vanquishing the devil 
Glorious San Michele 
Smiting Satan 
Above the main altar in the Madonna della Grazie chapel are paintings
of Saint John the Baptist, Our Lady of Grace, and St. Paul the Apostle
In the sanctuary are statues of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
and (I believe) St. Louis IX, King of France 
On the first side altar on the right is St. Francis of Assisi with relic
Below him lies Santa Massimiana, virgin, martyr
and patroness of San Giovanni Rotondo
(L) The second side altar on the right is dedicated to St. Felix Cantilice.
(R) The actual confessional used by Padre Pio to hear
the confessions of women in San Giovanni
A glove relic is on display inside the confessional 
A copy of Luca Giordano's The Patron Saints of Naples
Adoring Christ on the Cross
 hangs above the confessional
Statues of the Madonna della Libera and Madonna di Fatima in the Museum