May 26, 2019

Feast of San Filippo Neri

Viva San Filippo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
May 26th is the Feast Day of San Filippo Neri (Saint Philip Neri), the Apostle of Rome. Founder of the Congregation of the Oratory, a society of secular clergy, he is the patron saint of joy and protector of Roseto Valfortore, a small town in the Province of Foggia in Apulia. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to St. Philip Neri. The accompanying photo was taken at The Oratory Church of Saint Boniface in downtown Brooklyn.
A Prayer to St. Philip Neri
O holy St. Philip Neri, patron saint of joy, you who trusted Scripture’s promise that the Lord is always at hand and that we need not have anxiety about anything, in your compassion heal our worries and sorrows and lift the burdens from our hearts. We come to you as one whose heart swells with abundant love for God and all creation. Hear us, we pray, especially in this need (make your request here). Keep us safe through your loving intercession, and may the joy of the Holy Spirit which filled your heart, St. Philip, transform our lives and bring us peace. Amen.

May 25, 2019

Festa della Madonna delle Milizie di Scicli

La Battaglia de Milici 
Every year on the last Saturday in May, the town of Scicli (a Baroque jewel in the province of Ragusa, Sicily) celebrates the Festa della Madonna delle Milizie and the miraculous triumph of Count Roger of Hauteville over the Saracens in 1091. 
The feast commemorates the divine intercession of the Blessed Mother on behalf of the Norman forces at a critical point in the battle. Overwhelmed by the paynim's superior numbers and fearing defeat, Count Roger invoked the aid of the Virgin. Mounted on a white charger and dressed in full military regalia, the apparition of Our Lady appeared on the field-of-battle in the district of Milizie and lead the Normans to victory. The triumph was of great importance for the eventual Christian reconquest of the island.
As part of the jubilant festivities the Sciclitani dress in period costumes (Christian and Moslem) and parade an equestrian statue of the Madonna through the bustling streets with much fanfare. Among the local delicacies served for the occasion is a delectable cream puff shaped like a turban called testa di turco, or Turkish heads. 
In commemoration I'm posting a Prayer to Our Lady.

O Mother of Perpetual Help

O Mother of Perpetual Help
To thee we come imploring help.
Behold us here, from far and near,
To ask of thee our help to be;
Behold us here, from far and near,
To ask of thee our help to be.

Perpetual help we beg of thee;
Our souls from sin and sorrow free;
Direct our wandering feet aright,
And be thyself our own true light;
Direct our wandering feet aright,
And be thyself out own true light.

And when this life is o'er for me,
This last request I ask of thee:
Obtain for me in heaven this grace,
To see my God there face to face;
Obtain for me in heaven this grace,
To see my God there face to face.

Feast of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi

Evviva Santa Maria Maddalena!
May 25th is the Feast day of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi (Firenze 1566–1607), Mystic and Carmelite nun. One of the co-patrons of Naples, she is invoked against bodily ills and sexual temptation. Known as the “ecstatic saint,” due to the frequency she fell into ecstasy, she is credited with many miracles. In commemoration, I’m posting a prayer to Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi. The accompanying photo of the saint was taken during my 2010 pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Carmine in Sorrento, Campania.
Prayer to Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, pray that we will make a commitment to seek the presence of God in prayer the way you did. Guide us to see the graces God gives us as gifts not rewards and to respond with gratitude and humility, not pride and selfishness. Amen

May 24, 2019

Celebrating the 2019 Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte in Clifton, New Jersey (Part 2)

Procession and Luncheon
Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
SUNDAY, May 19th — A look at the Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey. (See part 1, Mass and Procession)
High Mass was sung by Fr. Anthony Mastroeni
at the Chapel of Our Lady of Tears
(Above & below) After Mass, the procession
circled the monastery three times
(L) With great pageantry, members of the Congregazione
Maria Ss. del Sacro Monte carry the statue of the
Madonna del Sacro Monte. (R) The Tony Neglia Band 
(Above & below) Pilgrims walk along the monastery path
 The Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George
and 
the Order of the Holy Sepulchre
After the procession, the celebration continued at the picnic grounds
Our friends from the Sandu Manghesi del Cliento Club 
The very popular zeppole stand 
Products from Cilento, Salerno were available
Revelers enjoyed a festive luncheon
Sausage and peppers
Cavatelli
Marinated sliced pork and peppers
Zeppole
The ladies enjoyed a very competitive game of “pass the provolone,”
a humorous take on “hot potato,” where the winner gets the cheese
This year the menfolk played "pass the prosciutto"
Also see:
Celebrating the 2019 Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte in Clifton, New Jersey (Part 1)
Celebrating the 2018 Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte in Clifton, New Jersey
Celebrating the 2017 Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte in Clifton, New Jersey
A Look at the 2015 Festa della Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery, Clifton, New Jersey
A Look at the 2014 Festa della Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery, Clifton, New Jersey
A Look at the 2013 Festa della Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery, Clifton, New Jersey

May 23, 2019

Celebrating the 2019 Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte in Clifton, New Jersey (Part 1)

Mass and Procession
Evviva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
SUNDAY, May 19th — A look at the Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey. (See part 2, Procession and Luncheon)
HE Cav. John M. Viola & the O'Boyle men affix the new crowns to the statue
A close-up of one of the new crowns acquired in Naples
A tin medallion of the Madonna and child from Naples
The confraternity's celestial blue mozzettas
Vesting prayers for La Congregazione Maria Ss. del Sacro Monte
di Novi Velia Salerno di Jersey City, New Jersey
HE Cav. John M. Viola (second from right) of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George with Cavalieri Carmine Berardi, Fr. Michael C. Barone, David D'Alessandro, Vincent Gangone, & Vito Totino of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre
(Above & below) Processing to the Chapel of Our Lady of Tears
(L) High Mass was celebrated at the chapel. (R) A group of adorable flower girls pose with the statue of the Madonna del Sacro Monte
A look inside the chapel and a close-up of the Weeping Madonna of Syracuse with map of Sicily and southern Italy
(Above & below) Cavalieri & Dame joined hundreds of pilgrims at the Mass
(Above & below) After Mass, the statue
was carried around the monastery three time
Our friends from Brooklyn Latin Mass taking part in the procession
Also see:
Celebrating the 2018 Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte in Clifton, New Jersey
Celebrating the 2017 Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte in Clifton, New Jersey
A Look at the 2015 Festa della Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery, Clifton, New Jersey
A Look at the 2014 Festa della Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery, Clifton, New Jersey
A Look at the 2013 Festa della Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery, Clifton, New Jersey

May 22, 2019

Feast of Santa Rita da Cascia

Evviva Santa Rita!
May 22nd is the Feast Day of Santa Rita da Cascia, the “Saint of the impossible.” Widely venerated across southern Italy, she is one of the co-patrons of Naples. She is also invoked against smallpox, infertility, difficult marriages and lost or impossible causes. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to St. Rita. The accompanying photo was taken at the 2016 Feast of Santa Rita at St. Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst Brooklyn.
St. Rita Prayer of the Roses
O Blessed Saint Rita, my powerful advocate, behold me prostrate before thy Divine Spouse, Jesus, thy Lord, thy God, and thy All. Behold me recalling His favors to thee, that thou mayst plead for me. May this blessed Rose, sweet with the memories of thy daily acts of love before the image of the Crucified Savior, and of the wonders wrought for thee in thy dying moments, give me confidence that thou in Heaven wilt plead that I, too, may share in the good things God has in store for thy clients. Saint Rita, mystical Rose of every virtue, pray for us.

Il Maggio di San Giuliano: The Marriage of Trees and the Feast of Saint Giuliano the Martyr

San Giuliano di Sora
Saint Paul's Church, Philadelphia

Photo courtesy of Anthony Scillia
By Giovanni di Napoli
Remote Accettura lies in the rugged Southern Italian hinterland of Matera, a province in the region of Basilicata, also called Lucania. The small hilltop town boasts one of the oldest festivals in Italy, il Maggio di Accettura.
Some say the Maggio, or May Festival, predates the classical era by at least a millennia. Others, because of its similarities with the Germanic Maypole, claim the Lombards introduced it. Whatever its origins, like many other holidays, the ancient fertility rite has been repurposed for the Christian observance. In a medley of traditions, "The Marriage of Trees," as the ancient ritual is known, is now happily associated with Accettura's patron saint, San Giuliano di Sora and the celebration of Pentecost. Continue reading

May 21, 2019

Feast of the Madonna Della Fontana

Viva Maria!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
May 21st is the Feast Day of the Madonna della Fontana (Our Lady of the Fountain), patroness of Spilinga, a small town in the Vibo Valentia Province of Calabria. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer in Italian to Our Lady of the Fountain. The accompanying photo was taken at the outdoor chapel next to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newark, New Jersey during the 2016 Feast of the Madonna della Fontana and St. Michael the Archangel.
Preghiera a Maria SS. Della Fontana    
O Vergine Maria, tesoriera di grazie, Voi che state rinchiusa in umile grotta, da cui concedete ai fedeli che vi invocano con fede e devozione moltissime grazie fate che noi non perdiamo mai la fede che ci fa sperare le più elette benedizioni dal Cielo e ci conforta in questa valle di lacrime.


Proteggeteci o Madre, affinché la mano del Pargoletto Gesù che Voi stringete fra le Vostre braccia si tenda verso di noi Vostri devoti per difenderci da tutti i pericoli della vita presente e così possiamo un giorno, sorretti dal Vostro potente patrocinio, cantare le Vostre glorie nel Regno dell'Amore. Così sia.

May 19, 2019

Traditional Latin Mass for the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Getty Villa Presents Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri

Exhibition Features Rare Original Artifacts from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Parco Archeologico di Ercolano, and Biblioteca Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele” di Napoli 
Drunken Satyr, 1st century BC – 1st century AD, Roman. Bronze, H: 137 cm. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, inv. 5628. Reproduced by agreement with the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities and Tourism. National Archaeological Museum of Naples - Restoration Office 
June 26 to October 28, 2019
The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California 
LOS ANGELES – The Getty Villa is modeled on the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, an ancient Roman villa buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Rediscovered in the 1750s and explored further in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Villa dei Papiri has yielded spectacular colored marble and mosaic floors, frescoed walls, a large collection of bronze and marble statuary, and a unique library of more than a thousand papyrus scrolls (from which it gets its name). On view June 26 to October 28, 2019, Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri presents many of the most significant artifacts discovered in the 1750s, along with recent finds from the still active archeological site, and explores ongoing efforts to open and read the badly damaged papyri. 
“The Villa dei Papiri is one of the most luxurious private residences of the ancient classical world ever discovered and one which had an important role in the early history of archeology. Especially important are its unique collection of ancient bronze statuary and antiquity’s only surviving library of papyrus scrolls, which provide an unprecedented insight into the philosophical interests of its aristocratic Roman occupant – none other than the father-in-law of Julius Caesar,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Among the most impressive of these finds is a rare bronze sculpture of a drunken satyr, which, as part of a collaborative conservation project with the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (MANN), is undergoing analysis and conservation treatment in our conservation studios before going on display in the exhibition.” 
Potts adds, “For several decades, we have worked closely with Italian colleagues and institutions in conserving, protecting, researching and celebrating Italy’s extraordinary cultural heritage. We are delighted now to be collaborating with MANN, the Parco Archeologico di Ercolano (PA-Erco), and the Biblioteca Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele” di Napoli (BNN) in organizing this exhibition. We have had several successful collaborative conservation projects with MANN over the past few years including, most recently, their monumental funerary vessel (krater) from Altamura in 2018, and three of their splendid bronzes: the Ephebe (Youth) in 2009, the Apollo Saettante in 2011, and the over-life-size sculpture of Tiberius in 2013.” 
The Villa dei Papiri was a sumptuous private residence on the Bay of Naples, just outside the Roman town of Herculaneum. Deeply buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, it was rediscovered in 1750 when well-diggers struck a spectacular circular multi-colored marble floor that belonged to the luxurious Roman villa (a full-scale replica of this floor decorates the Getty Villa’s Temple of Hercules gallery). Under the sponsorship of King Charles VII, Karl Weber, a Swiss military engineer in the royal guard, was entrusted with excavating the site. Weber directed a crew of conscripts and convicts to dig a series of shafts and tunnels to seek and remove the most impressive finds to augment the collections of the recently established Royal Herculanean Museum. Although his superiors were chiefly interested in recovering artifacts to enhance the royal collections, Weber carefully recorded their findspots and architectural contexts. 
Weber’s excavation plan of the Villa dei Papiri, on display in the exhibition, provides detailed evidence for the layout and decoration of the building, including discovery dates and locations of sculptures, frescos, papyri, columns, pools, fountains, gutters, hinges, and other architectural features. In the early 1970s, when J. Paul Getty decided to replicate the Villa dei Papiri for his museum in Malibu, his architects relied on Karl Weber’s eighteenth-century plan, since the original building remained inaccessible underground. They also employed elements from other ancient structures discovered around the Bay of Naples. 
“It is only fitting that the first major exhibition on the Villa dei Papiri takes place at the Getty Villa, which is a recreation of the famous villa in Herculaneum,” says Kenneth Lapatin, curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Recreating the Villa dei Papiri appealed to Mr. Getty because of its association with Julius Caesar through his father-in-law, Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus, the villa’s supposed owner. Getty often compared himself to ancient Roman rulers and particularly admired Julius Caesar and the emperor Hadrian, a fellow art collector and villa owner. Although Getty, unlike Hadrian, did not live in his villa, his reconstruction was a key component in his attempts to refashion himself from a Midwestern businessman into a European aristocrat.” 
One of the most significant finds recovered in the 1750s was a first-century bronze statue of a Drunken Satyr in dynamic motion. The middle-aged figure was praised by the eighteenth-century German scholar J. J. Winckelmann as one of the most beautiful bronze statues to survive from antiquity. The satyr, a mythical follower of the wine god Bacchus, wears a pine wreath with flower clusters and has pointed ears, small horns, wild hair, and wattles. He snaps his right thumb and middle finger in a gesture associated by ancient authors with Bacchic abandon. A replica of the satyr can be found in the Getty Villa’s Outer Peristyle pool. 
The ancient Drunken Satyr, which is usually on view in Naples, arrived to the Getty early in October 2018 for conservation treatment and analysis as part of a collaborative project with MANN. The project aims to identify past interventions—what was done to the statue in both ancient and early modern times to repair it, stabilize it, or change its appearance. There will also be an investigation of any potential instabilities, including metal corrosion and the connection between the statue’s various parts, as well as their connections to its early modern stone base. In collaboration with their colleagues at MANN, Getty conservators will also evaluate possible aesthetic issues, considering how to best display the sculpture to enhance viewers’ appreciation of its artistry. How the statue was originally manufactured will also be explored through techniques such as X-radiography, endoscopy, technical imaging, and non-invasive analytical methods. 
Another important discovery was the cache of approximately 1,100 papyrus scrolls recovered from the ancient villa in 1752-54, which constitute the only surviving library from the classical world. Camillo Paderni (about 1715–1781), the first director of the royal museum in Portici, was the first to attempt to open the carbonized scrolls by slicing the scrolls lengthwise, cutting through their charred outer “bark” to expose the writing. The texts were copied for study and eventual publication, and then the papyri were scraped to reveal additional layers. In 1753, Father Antonio Piaggio, a curator of manuscripts at the Vatican, devised a more successful system, inventing and refining a series of unrolling machines, one of which is on view in the exhibition. 
In the late 1900s and early 2000s, advanced imaging technologies enhanced the legibility of the previously opened papyri. Today, they offer the prospect of digital unrolling and decipherment of the hundreds that remain closed. An in-gallery video addressing recent attempts to virtually open and read the scrolls will also be part of the exhibition. In addition, a group of papyrus scrolls on loan from Bibiloteca Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele” in Naples, which will be on display for the first time in the US, will undergo a major research project at UCLA of imaging and virtual unscrolling prior to being placed in the exhibition. The results of the project will be available later in the summer after the exhibition opens. 
Most of the texts opened to date are Greek philosophical treatises, particularly by Philodemus of Gadara (about 110–30 BC), a follower of Epicurus. The Athenian philosopher Epicurus (341–270 BC) founded a popular school called the Garden, which recognized pleasure as the greatest good. Images of Greek intellectuals, including busts of Epicurus, and other artifacts, such as a bronze piglet and a portable sundial, recovered from the Villa dei Papiri, further reflects the owner’s interest in Epicurean philosophy and rhetoric. 
The rooms and gardens of the Villa dei Papiri were enlivened by approximately 90 sculptures in bronze and marble depicting mythological figures, athletes, rulers, statesmen, poets, and philosophers. Portraits of eminent figures of the Hellenistic period (323–31 BC) predominate, which reflects the particular interests of the villa’s owners in Hellenistic philosophy and politics. The arrangement of the sculptures also appears to have been programmatic, presenting particular groupings that invited viewers to compare the accomplishments and failings of the subjects as well as the artistic styles of the works. 
For wealthy Romans, otium, or leisure, presented a chance to forget the concerns of urban life, abandon worry about politics or business (negotium). A seaside estate such as the Villa dei Papiri was the perfect place for an escape. Its owners could host elaborate banquets where guests were surrounded by art, sating both their gastronomic and aesthetic appetites. Gardens, baths, and athletic spaces, as well as long walkways for undistracted contemplation, invited visitors to pause and discuss the representations of mythological figures, men of letters, and famous statesmen. The exhibition will include many of these ancient bronze and marble representations, not far from their replicas on display throughout the Getty Villa’s gardens, including two famous figures of bronze runners. 
Exploration of the Villa dei Papiri was abandoned in 1764 and remained entirely buried for more than two centuries until new excavations were undertaken in the 1990s and 2000s. Renewed interested brought to light a portion of the building’s atrium as well as lower levels that were unknown in the eighteenth century. 
Among the new discoveries were rooms with colorful mosaic floors and spectacular frescoed walls and stuccoed ceilings. Finds also included a seaside pavilion and swimming pool, where archaeologists recovered two marble sculptures and luxurious wood and ivory furniture components, on 5 view here for the first time. These recent excavations helped clarify the chronology of the villa, which is now thought to have been built around 40 BC, with the seaside pavilion added around AD 20. Ongoing research continues to advance our understanding of the initial finds from the site. 
Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri is curated by Kenneth Lapatin, curator of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Parco Archeologico di Ercolano, and Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli “Vittorio Emanuele III”, and with the generous participation of the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York. The exhibition is made possible with major support from Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie. It is generously supported by The Spogli Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Villa Council and the Italian Cultural Institute. 

Additional information is available at www.getty.edu.

May 18, 2019

Malta Walk NYC (May 2019)

This Tuesday, May 21st, at 7:30 PM join the Order of Malta Auxiliary for their monthly “Malta Walk” street ministry. Volunteers meet every third Tuesday of the month at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral parish house at 263 Mulberry Street in lower Manhattan to prepare and distribute food to the homeless.
Anyone interested in supporting this noble endeavor can contact the Order of Malta Auxiliary at nycaux@orderofmaltaamerican.org or call 917-566-3937. For additional information, the Order can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/maltaauxiliarynyc.

Announcing the 90th Annual Feast of San Rocco in Fort Lee, New Jersey

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May 17, 2019

Feast of Santa Restituta

Viva Santa Restituta!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
May 17th is the Feast Day of Santa Restituta, virgin martyr and patroness of Lacco Ameno, a town in northwestern Ischia. According to legend, in 284 AD (during the reign of Emperor Diocletian) Santa Restituta was tortured and sentenced to death for her faith and piety. Brought out to sea, she was placed in a small boat, lashed to a pyre and set aflame. However, a strong wind blew the burning pitch onto her executioners' ship, consuming their vessel in flames instead. She died from her wounds while adrift. 

An alternate version of the legend states that she was cast overboard with a millstone tied around her neck. The stone is said to be embedded into the wall of the Chiesa di Santa Restituta in Lacco Ameno. Continue reading

Feast of San Pasquale Baylon

Viva San Pasquale!
May 17th is the Feast Day of San Pasquale Baylon (St. Paschal Baylon), mystic and contemplative. Known as the "Seraph of the Eucharist," San Pasquale is the patron saint of shepherds, cooks and kitchens, as well as the protector of Airola, a commune in the Province of Benevento. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to St. Paschal. The accompanying photo was taken from the festival flier in Airola.
Prayer to St. Paschal
St. Paschal, you were filled by the Holy Spirit with a wondrous love for the sacred mysteries of Christ’s Body and Blood. Intercede for us now that we may obtain the grace of a profound faith and tender devotion for Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. May we draw from the Eucharist the same spiritual riches you received with great joy, and may our lives reveal the enduring fruit of love, generosity and goodness to the glory of God our Father. St. Paschal Baylon, lover of the Eucharist, pray for us. Amen.

May 16, 2019

Feast of St. Simon Stock

Detail of The Madonna in Glory with
Saints and Angels
 by Onofrio Avellino
May 16th is the Feast Day of St. Simon Stock, an early Prior General of the Carmelite Order. In 1251, Our Lady appeared to him in Cambridge, England and gave him the Carmelite habit, the brown scapular, as a token of her protection and a promise of salvation to those who died wearing it. In commemoration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Simon Stock. The accompanying photo of The Madonna in Glory with Saints and Angels by Onofrio Avellino (1674-1741) was taken during my 2010 pilgrimage to the Santuario della Madonna del Carmine in Sorrento, Campania.
Prayer to St. Simon Stock
O holy Saint simon, thou wert blessed with the apparition of Our Lady and received the Scapular as a special sign of her favor. Following thy example, I pledge to wear the Scapular faithfully and devoutly so that I may always have Our Lady's wonderful protection in life and her special help at the hour of death. Amen.

May 15, 2019

Feast of San Liberatore

Viva San Liberatore!
May 15th is the Feast Day of San Liberatore, Bishop and Martyr. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Ariano Irpino (AV), Torrecuso (BN) and Civitacampomarano (CB), among others. In commemoration, I’m posting a prayer in his honor. The accompanying photo was taken at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Belleville, New Jersey.
Prayer to San Liberatore
God our Father, enable us who honor the memory of San Liberatore, martyr and protector of Ariano Irpino, to share with him in the joy of eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen