July 26, 2021

Celebrating the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost and the Feasts of San Giacomo il Maggiore and San Cristoforo

Páteant azures misericórdiæ tuæ, Dómine, précibus supplicántium: et ut peténtibus desideráta concédas; fac Eos, quæ tibi sunt plácita, postuláre. Per Dóminum. ~ Collect 1 

Sunday morning members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith) gathered at the packed Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th St.) in Manhattan for both the 9:00 am Tridentine Low Mass and the 10:30 am Tridentine High Mass for the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost and the Feasts of San Giacomo il Maggiore and San Cristoforo Martire. Our Pastor Fr. James Miara was the Celebrant at both. 

During the High Mass, Fr. Miara was dutifully assisted by fourteen servers, and cantor and organist Pedro d’Aquino. Following the Gospel, he consecrated a parishioner to the Guardian Angel.

After coffee hour, many of us returned to the church for the final day of the novena and candlelight Eucharistic procession in honor of Sant’Anna, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We prayed the Most Holy Rosary, Memorare to St. AnneAct of Consecration to St. Anne and Invocations. The novena concluded with the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

1) Let Thy merciful ears. O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy suppliant people: and that Thou mayest grant their desire to those that seek, make them to ask such things as shall please Thee. Through our Lord.

Feast of Sant’Anna

Sant’Anna, ora pro nobis
July 26th is the Feast of Sant'Anna, 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. In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Ann. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Andrew Avellino Roman Catholic Church (35-60 158th Street) in Flushing, Queens, New York. Evviva Sant'Anna!
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.

A Prayer in Memory of Blessed Fr. Jacques Hamel

Born Nov. 30, 1930 — Martyred July 26, 2016
Blessed be the Martyrs, who through their sacrifice, give glory to the Most High God! Blessed be the blood they shed, uniting them with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ! May the Martyrs be welcomed into the Heavenly Kingdom. Blessed be God, who gives courage to all men! May we, too, finish the race and not lose our souls. Blessed be the families of Martyrs, whose hearts have been pierced with sadness. May they be comforted by the Holy Spirit. Blessed be the witness of the Martyrs! May their courage confound the darkness and lead souls to Christ! Blessed be the courage of the Martyrs! May their example embolden and prepare the hearts of others who will soon face their mortality. Blessed be the Martyrs, now and forever! Blessed be God, now and forever! Amen.

July 25, 2021

Feast of San Giacomo il Maggiore

San Giacomo il Maggiore, ora pro nobis
July 25th is the Feast of San Giacomo Apostolo, 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. In celebration, 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. Evviva San Giacomo il Maggiore!

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.

Feast of San Cristoforo Martire

San Cristoforo Martire, ora pro nobis
July 25th is the Feast of San Cristoforo Martire, 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. 
In celebration, 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. Evviva San Cristoforo Martire!
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.

Infant Jesus of Prague Chaplet

On the 25th of every month, devotees of the Divine Infancy should pray the Chaplet of the Infant Jesus of Prague, which includes three Our Fathers and twelve Hail Marys in celebration of the Holy Family and the first twelve years of Our Lord’s childhood. The Chaplet was composed by Venerable Sister Marguerite Parigot of the Blessed Sacrament (March 6, 1590—May 24, 1660), a Discalced Carmelite nun with a strong devotion to the Christ Child. Pleased with the devotion, Our Lord revealed Himself to Sister Marguerite and promised special graces to all who piously recite the Chaplet. In 1855 Pope Pius IX granted an Indulgence of 300 days, applicable to the Poor Souls in Purgatory, for its devout recitation.* In celebration, I’m posting the Infant Jesus of Prague Chaplet. The accompanying photo is my late paternal Grandmother's statue the Infant Jesus of Prague. It came into my possession after my father's passing and is now a treasured part of my private oratory.

Infant Jesus of Prague Chaplet

Divine Infant Jesus, I adore Thy Cross and I accept all the crosses Thou wilt be pleased to send me. Adorable Trinity, I offer Thee for the glory of Thy Holy Name of God, all the adorations of the Sacred Heart of the Holy Infant Jesus.

(3x) “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us” and pray The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)

(12x) “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us” and pray The Angelical Salutation (Hail Mary)

Holy Infant Jesus, bless and protect us. Amen.

Further reading:
* www.sistersofcarmel.com

July 24, 2021

Novena to Sant'Alfonso Maria de Liguori

Sant'Alfonso de Liguori, ora pro nobis
Pray Novena for nine consecutive days, July 24th — August 1st, in preparation for the Feast on August 2nd.
Glorious Saint Alphonsus, loving father of the poor and the sick, all your life, you devoted yourself with a real heroic charity to lightening their spiritual and bodily miseries. Full of confidence in your tender pity for the sick, since you yourself have patiently borne the cross of illness, I come to you for help in my present need. 
(Mention your request here...) 
Loving father of the suffering, Saint Alphonsus, whom I invoke as the Arthritic Saint, since you suffered from the disease in your lifetime, look with compassion upon me in my suffering. Beg God to give me good health. If it is not God’s will to cure me, then give me strength to bear my cross patiently and to offer my sufferings in union with my crucified Savior and His Mother of Sorrows, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls, in reparation for my sins and those of others, for the needs of this troubled world, and for the souls in purgatory. 
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Saint Alphonsus, patron of the sick, pray for me. Amen.
The accompanying photo was taken outside the Saint Anthony of Padua Shrine Church (155 Sullivan St.) in Manhattan. The statue is all that remains from the Church of Saint Alphonsus Liguori (308 W. Broadway), which was closed in 1980.

Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (July 26th — August 1st)

The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents
128 West 37th Street, NYC 100018

• Monday, July 26th - St. Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 3rd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.



Monday, July 26th 

6:00 p.m. Traditional Latin High Mass & Candlelight Procession 

St. Anne, instrument of the Holy Ghost, mother of confidence, vessel of sanctity, merciful mother, comfortress of the afflicted, help of the poor, protectress of virgins, support of the oppressed, refuge of thy clients, Pray for us!

• Tuesday, July 27th - St. Pantaleon, Martyr, Confessor, 4th Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.

THE FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS St. Pantaleon, Martyr - July 27th 

St. Pantaleon was a doctor in Nicomedia who became physician to the Emperor Galerius. Having been seduced by the false maxims of the world, he unhappily relapsed into apostasy. Due to the zealous efforts of the priest Hermolaus, however, he was brought back to the practice of the Faith. So ardent was his zeal and desire to expiate his former apostasy that he distributed all his goods to the poor and openly professed the truth of the Christian religion. His zeal led many to the Faith, and so he was arrested during the reign of the infamous Diocletian. 

Pantaleon was cruelly tortured on the rack, and red-hot plates were applied to his body. He suffered many other torments, which he bore calmly and bravely; finally, he was beheaded. St. Pantaleon is a patron of physicians and midwives, and is invoked against consumption, cancer and tuberculosis and for protection of domestic animals. He is pictured with his hands nailed together, since one of his many tortures was being nailed to a tree. 

• Wednesday, July 28th - Ss. Nazarius & Celsus, Martyrs, Victor I, Pope & Martyr, St. Innocent I Pope & Confessor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Thursday, July 29th - St. Martha, Virgin with Commemoration of Ss. Felix II, Simplicius, Faustinis & Beatrice, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Friday, July 30th - Ss. Abdon & Sennen, Martyrs, 4th Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Saturday, July 31st - St. Ignatius Loyola, Confessor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 1:00 p.m.


The Suscipe Prayer of Surrender of St. Ignatius (1491-1556) 

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, All I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me. 

• Sunday, August 1st - Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, 2nd Class - Low Mass 9:00 a.m. and Chant Mass 10:30 a.m.

Source: July 25, 2021 Bulletin

July 22, 2021

Feast of Santa Maria Maddalena

Santa Maria Maddalena, ora pro nobis
July 22nd is the Feast of Santa Maria Maddalena, 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. In celebration, 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. Evviva Santa Maria Maddalena!
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.

Upcoming Traditional Masses at Most Holy Redeemer Church in New York City

July 21, 2021

Feast of San Lorenzo da Brindisi

San Lorenzo da Brindisi, ora pro nobis
July 21st is the Feast 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, San 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. San 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. 
In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer in Honor of St. Lawrence. The accompanying photo of The Glory of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi comes courtesy of Il Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali. Evviva San Lorenzo da Brindisi!
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

Vigil of the Assumption at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

July 20, 2021

Feast of Santa Margherita di Antiochia

Santa Margherita, ora pro nobis
July 20th is the Feast of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, Virgin and Martyr. She is the patron saint of farmers, nurses and pregnant women. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, St. Margaret of Antioch is invoked against infertility and for safe childbirth. Widely venerated in Southern Italy, she is the principal patron of Pozzillo (CT), Licodia Eubea (CT), Latiano (BR), Cappadoci (AQ), Pettorano Sul Gizio (AQ), Castelluccio Superiore (PZ), and Villamagna (CH), among others. 
In addition to the martyr’s palm, she is often depicted with a dragon. According to tradition, the Devil in the guise of a great serpent appeared before Margaret to tempt and deceive her. Instead of succumbing to the foul fiend's treachery she simply made the sign of the cross and he fled recoiling in pain. Other versions of the story say she was swallowed whole by a dragon and pressing her cross against the creature’s stomach she emerged unharmed, thus her association with pregnancies and labor. 
In celebration, 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. Evviva Santa Margherita di Antiochia!
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

Feast of Sant’Elia Profeta

Sant'Elia Porfeta, ora pro nobis
July 20th is the Feast 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 celebration, 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. Evviva Sant'Elia Profeta!
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.

July 19, 2021

Celebrating the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost and the Feast of San Camillo de Lellis

Prayer cards for San Michele, Sant'Anna and San Camillo

O glorious St. Camillus, special patron of the sick, thou who for forty years, with truly heroic charity, didst devote thyself to the relief of their temporal and spiritual necessities, be pleased to assist them now even more generously since thou art blessed in heaven and they have been committed by Holy Church to thy powerful protection. Obtain for them from Almighty God the healing of all their maladies, or, at least, the spirit of Christian patience and resignation that may sanctify them and comfort them in the hour of their passing to eternity; at the same time obtain for us the precious grace of living and dying after thine example in the practice of divine love. Amen.

Following Pope Francis’ draconian motu proprio restrictions on the Latin Mass, I’m making it a point to start writing about our Traditional parish again. To be clear we never stopped attending the Latin Mass, we just felt that those posts were getting a bit formulaic and monotonous, which is an admission of my own limited writing skills and not a reflection on the beauty and grandeur of the Mass or our church devotions. 

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Largire nobis, quǽumas, Dómine, semper spíritum cogitándi quæ recta sunt, propítius et agéndi: ut, qui sine te esse non póssumus, secúndum te vívere valeámus. Per Dóminum. ~ Collect 1

Sunday morning members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith) gathered at the packed Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th St.) in Manhattan for both the 9:00 am Tridentine Low Mass and the 10:30 am Tridentine High Mass for the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost and the Feast of San Camillo de Lellis. Our Pastor Fr. James Miara was the Celebrant at both.

At the conclusion of the Low Mass, Fr. Miara enrolled over fifty people in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and reminded us of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise:

“Take this Scapular, it shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and a pledge of peace. Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.” 

Our Lady further says: 

“Wear it devoutly and perseveringly. It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life.”
Arriving early in the morning, we were greeted by
Most Precious Blood's new statue of San Michele

Prior to the High Mass, Father blessed the Church’s newly acquired statue of San Michele Arcangelo from Peru. 

During the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, he was dutifully assisted by ten servers, and cantor and organist Pedro d’Aquino.

(Above & below) A few members of our Holy Innocents family

Catching up with friends outside and at coffee hour, we returned to church for the Rosary and novena devotions with Memorare to St. Anne, Act of Consecration to St. Anne and Invocations. We had the great honor and privilege of carrying the statue during the solemn candlelight Eucharistic procession around the nave. The novena to Sant'Anna concluded with the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Temporary shrine to Sant'Anna and processional statue

Candlelight Eucharistic procession with ombrellino around the nave

Getting reacquainted with our Magna Graecian roots, we enjoyed a delicious Greek dinner at Meze restaurant (6601 13th Ave.) in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.

Stuffed grape leaves
Spanakopita (spinach pie)
Ohtapodi (marinated and char-grilled octopus)
Kalamarakia sta karvouna (char-grilled squid)
Loukanika (sausage)
New Zealand lamb chops
Lemon potatoes
Baklava cheese cake
Rizogalo (rice pudding)
We enjoyed Greek beer with dinner and ouzo and espresso for dessert
Afterward, we walked off our meal will a leisurely stroll around the old neighborhood, briefly stopping by the San Pio da Pietrelcina shrine outside the Basilica of Regina Pacis (1230 65th St.).

Outdoor shrine to San Pio outside the Basilica of Regina Pacis

1) Graciously grant to us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the spirit to think and do always such things as be rightful: that we, who cannot exist without Thee, may be enabled to live according to Thy will. Through our Lord. 

Photo of the Week: Crucifix at the Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo in Naples

Photo by Andrew Giordano

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July 18, 2021

Feast of San Camillo de Lellis

San Camillo de Lellis, ora pro nobis
July 18th is the Feast of San Camillo de Lellis, Confessor and founder of the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm. Patron saint of  physicians, nurses, hospitals and the sick, San Camillo is also the protector of the Abruzzo region of Southern Italy and his native Bucchianico in Chieti. In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to St. Camillus of Lellis. The image of San Camillo in Gloria comes courtesy of the Order of the Ministers of the InfirmEvviva San Camillo de Lellis!
Prayer to Saint Camillus of Lellis
Most wonderful Saint, your compassion for the sick and the dying led you to found the Servants of the Sick. As Patron of nurses and hospital workers, infuse in them your compassionate spirit. Make hospitals resemble the inn in Christ’s Parable to which the Good Samaritan brought the wounded man saying: “Take care of him and I will repay you for it.” Amen.

Novena to San Pantaleone Martire

San Panaleone Martire, ora pro nobis
Prayers by Rev. Bonaventure, O.F.M. to be recited for nine consecutive days, July 18th — 26th, in preparation for the Feast on July 27th.

Preparatory Prayer

Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saying, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Prayer in Honor of St. Pantaleon

O God, who didst give to St. Pantaleon the grace of exercising charity toward his fellow-men by distributing his goods to the poor, and hast made him a special patron of the sick, grant, that we, too, show our charity by works of mercy; and through the intercession of this Thy servant preserve us from sickness. But if it be Thy will that illness should afflict us, give us the grace to bear it patiently, and let it promote our soul's salvation. Amen.

Invocation of St. Pantaleon

St. Pantaleon, who during life didst have great pity for the sick and with the help of God didst often relieve and cure them; I invoke thy intercession with God, that I may obtain the grace to serve Him in good health by cheerfully fulfilling the duties of my state of life. But if it be His holy will to visit me with illness, pain, and suffering, do thou aid me with thy powerful prayer to submit humbly to His chastisements, to accept sickness in the spirit of penance and to bear it patiently according to His holy will. Amen.


My Lord and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

* For more on St. Pantaleon and the Fourteen Holy Helpers, I highly recommend Project Gutenberg's free ebook, Mary, Help of Christians and the Fourteen Saints Invoked as Holy Helpers, compiled by Rev. Bonaventure, O.F.M. It has instructions, legends, novenas and prayers, with thoughts of the saints for every day of the year. The accompanying photo of marble bas-relief altar rail depicting San Pantaleone was taken during my 2010 pilgrimage to the Duomo di Ravello, Salerno.

Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (July 19th — July 25th)

The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents
128 West 37th Street, NYC 100018

• Monday, July 19th - St. Vincent de Paul, Confessor, 3rd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (1581-1660) - July 19th 

In April 1830, prior to the visions of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, the remains of Vincent de Paul were translated to the Vincentian church in Paris. The solemnities included a novena. On three successive evenings, upon returning from the church to the rue du Bac, Catherine Laboure had the first vision of the heart of St. Vincent de Paul over a small reliquary in the Chapel of the Sisters. It has the color of flesh and skin and looked like an inner human organ. Catherine understood that the clear color announced peace, innocence and union.

The following day in the same place, the heart of Saint Vincent of Paul appeared again. Catherine relates: "I have seen it red as fire because it must illuminate the charity of hearts. It seemed to me that the whole community should renew and go all the places in the world." 

On the third day Catherine saw the heart between red and black and this produced a great sadness in her heart which was difficult to overcome. She understood the meaning of this vision as a possible change in government and the return of the revolution which would bring about religious persecution and profanations that were going to take place in France, and particularly in Paris.

• Tuesday, July 20th - St. Jerome Emiliani, Confessor, 3rd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.


St. Margaret of Antioch, Virgin & Martyr - July 20th 

According to the ancient martyrologies, she suffered at Antioch in the last general persecution of the Church in the early fourth century. Like St. Vitus, she was instructed in the Faith by a Christian nurse and was persecuted by her own father who was a pagan priest. She suffered many torments before being executed by the sword. 

Devotion to St. Margaret began in the East but spread to Western Europe, where she began to be greatly honored in England, France and Germany in the eleventh century. She is pictured holding a dragon in chains. Although a virgin, she is invoked by women who are pregnant or in labor. She is also invoked by those suffering from kidney disease or backache and for deliverance from devils. She was one of the saints who appeared to St. Joan of Arc regarding her mission. 

• Wednesday, July 21st - St. Lawrence Brindisi, Confessor & Doctor, 3rd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Thursday, July 22nd - St. Mary Magdalene, Penitent, 3rd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Friday, July 23rd - St. Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr, 3rd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Saturday, July 24th - Votive Mass of St. Anne, 4th Class - High Mass, 1:00 p.m.

Young Adult Series hosted by Juventutem NYC 

Saturday, July 24th, 2021 

1:00 pm - Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form 

2:00 pm - Part 2 of talk on the Most Holy Eucharist by Rev. Fr. James L. P. Miara in the Parish Hall (Lower Level)
3:00 pm - Social with refreshments 

What is Juventutem NYC?

Juventutem International Federation promotes the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, and, in particular, the offering of the Traditional Latin Mass. Based at Holy Innocents, Juventutem NYC is the local chapter of this global movement and network of Catholic young adults, ages ~18-40, fostering the sanctification of youth worldwide according to the Roman traditions of the Church. Join today! Simply connect via email at: salve@juventutemnyc.com 

• Sunday, July 25th - Ninth Sunday After Pentecost, 2nd Class - Low Mass 9:00 a.m. and Chant Mass 10:30 a.m.

St. Christopher, Martyr - July 25th 

St. Christopher is one of the most popular and well-known saints, although little is known for certain of his life. The Roman Martyrology simply states that he was beaten at Lycia with iron rods under the Emperor Decius and “was preserved by the power of Christ from being burnt in the raging flames. At last, pierced through with arrow-wounds, he fulfilled his martyrdom by beheading.”

Many legends have grown up around this saint, who is often pictured as a giant carrying the Child Jesus on his shoulders across a river. In fact, his name means “Christ-bearer.” He is invoked against the plague, sudden death, epilepsy and toothaches. He is especially the patron of motorists and other travelers and is also invoked during storms. 

Source: July 18, 2021 Bulletin