June 16, 2021

Novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague for the Nine Days Preceding the 25th of Each Month (16th–24th)

1. Eternal Father, I offer to Your honor and glory, for my eternal salvation and for the salvation of the whole world, the mystery of the birth of our Divine Redeemer. Glory be to the Father, etc.

2. Eternal Father, I offer to Your honor and glory, for my eternal salvation and that of the whole world, the sufferings of the most holy Virgin and St. Joseph on that long and weary journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. I offer Thee the sorrows of their hearts at not finding a place wherein to shelter themselves when the Saviour of the world was about to be born. Glory be to the Father, etc.

3. Eternal Father, I offer to Your honor and glory, for my eternal salvation and that of the whole world, the sufferings of Jesus in the manger where He was born, the cold He suffered, the swaddling clothes which bound Him, the tears He shed, and His tender infant cries. Glory be to the Father, etc.

4. Eternal Father, I offer to Your honor and glory, for my eternal salvation and that of the whole world, the pain which the Holy Child Jesus felt in His tender body when He submitted to the rite of circumcision. I offer Thee that Precious Blood which then for the first time He shed for the salvation of all mankind. Glory be to the Father, etc.

5. Eternal Father, I offer to Your honor and glory, for my eternal salvation and that of the whole world, the humility, mortification, patience, charity and all the virtues of the Child Jesus; and I thank Thee, and I love Thee, and I bless Thee without end for this ineffable mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God. Glory be to the Father, etc.

V. The Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.

Let us Pray

O God, whose only-begotten Son was made manifest to us in the substance of our flesh, grant, we beseech Thee, that through Him, whom we acknowledge to have been outwardly like us, we may deserve to be renewed in our inward selves. Who lives and reigns with Thee forever and ever. Amen.

Source: Devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague, TAN Books, 1990

Happy Birthday Princess Beatrice di Borbone!

HRH was born in Saint-Raphaël, France on June 16, 1950
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Il Regno
 would like to extend our warmest birthday wishes to Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, Dame Grand Cross of Justice and Grand Prefect of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. May God continue to shower you with all the blessings you truly deserve. Auguri Altezza Reale!

June 15, 2021

Feast of San Vito Martire

San Vito Martire, ora pro nobis
June 15th is the Feast of San Vito Martire. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, San Vito is invoked against neurological disorders (e.g. Saint Vitus Dance), rabies and animal attacks. He is also the patron saint of epileptics, dancers and actors. Widely venerated across Southern Italy, he is the principal protector of Aquilonia (AV), Mazara del Vallo (TP), Ciminna (PA), Forio (NA), San Vito sullo Ionio (CZ), Regalbuto (EN), and Torella die Lombardi (AV), among others. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer in Honor of Saint Vitus. The photo was taken at St Lucy's Church, National Shrine of Saint Gerard in Newark, New Jersey. Evviva San Vito!
Prayer in Honor of Saint Vitus
Grant us, O God, through the intercession of St. Vitus, a due estimation of the value of our soul and of its redemption by the precious blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ; so that, for its salvation, we bear all trials with fortitude. Give this Thy youthful servant and heroic martyr as a guide and protector to Christian youths, that following his example they may after a victorious combat receive the crown of justice in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

June 14, 2021

Feast of San Marciano di Siracusa, Vescovo e Martire

San Marciano di Siracusa, ora pro nobis
June 14th is the Feast of San Marciano di Siracusa, Missionary, Bishop and Martyr. Co-patron of Syracuse and Gaeta, he is invoked against terrible storms. Known as the “First Bishop of the West,” tradition says he was a disciple of San Pietro Apostolo and sent to Sicily from Antioch to preach the Gospel. Settling in Syracuse, the wonderworker converted a great many to the Faith before being martyred by the Jews. Some sources say he was bound to a column and stoned to death, while others claim he was tossed off a high tower. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to San Marciano. The accompanying photo was taken outside the Duomo di Siracusa in Sicily. Evviva San Marciano di Siracusa!

Prayer to San Marciano

O glorious San Marciano, our special patron, turn your gaze as father and guide of the people who invoke and venerate you. Accept our plea and, with your powerful intercession, obtain the long-awaited graces for us [mention your intensions here] Remove the danger of storms and devastating hail from our countryside. Amen.

O Lord, hear our prayers through the intercession of San Marciano and grant the desires of our heart. San Marciano, pray for us!

Photo of the Week: The Fontana della Sellaria

The Sellaria Fountain in Piazzetta Grande Archivio in Napoli commemorates the suppression of the Neapolitan revolution (1647-48) by Viceroy Iñigo Velez de Guevara. Originally located in Piazza della Sellaria, from which it takes its name, the fountain was moved in 1906 following the renovation works at the no longer exstant square. The fountain was designed and built by Onofrio Antonio Gisolfo (active 1637 – d. 1656), the chief royal engineer of the Kingdom of Naples. 
Photo by Andrew Giordano

June 13, 2021

Feast of Sant'Antonio di Padova

Sant'Antonio di Padova, ora pro nobis
June 13th is the Feast of Sant'Antonio di Padova (1195-1231), Franciscan Friar, Mystic, Wonderworker, and Doctor of the Church. Affectionately called the "Hammer of Heretics" and "Ark of the Testament," he is invoked to recover lost or stolen items.
On this day in 1799, under the watchful eye of the great saint, Cardinal Fabrizio Ruffo and his Army of the Holy Faith (Sanfedisti) liberated the Kingdom of Naples from the clutches of the Jacobin satellite state (Repubblica Partenopea) propped up by the French army and restored HRH King Ferdinand IV to the throne.

Widely venerated across Southern Italy, Sant'Antonio is the principal patron of Andretta (AV), Montefalcione (AV), Afragola (NA), Anacapri (NA), Fardella (PZ), Oppido Lucano (PZ), Gorgoglione (MT), Rotondella (MT), and Nicastro (CZ), among others. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua. The accompanying images depict the victorious Cardinal Ruffo leading the Royalist forces under the protection of Saint Anthony. Evviva Sant'Antonio!
Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua
O glorious St. Anthony, safe refuge of the afflicted and distressed, who by miraculous revelation has directed all those who seek aid to come to Thy altar with the promise that whosoever visits it for nine consecutive Tuesdays, and there piously invokes thee, will feel the power of the intercession. I, a poor sinner, encouraged by this promise, come to thee. O powerful Saint, and with a firm hope I implore thy aid, thy protection, thy counsel and thy blessing. Obtain for me, I beseech thee my request in this necessity. But if it should be opposed to the Will of God and the welfare of my soul, obtain for me such other graces as shall be conducive to my salvation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (June 14th — 20th)

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

• Monday, June 14th - St. Basil the Great, Bishop & Doctor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 15th - Ss. Vitus, Modestus & Crescentia, Martyrs, 4th Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.


June 15: St. Vitus (also called St. Guy), martyr, was born in the third century to pagan parents. As a young boy Vitus had the good fortune to be raised by a pious nurse named Crescentia who, with her husband Modestus, taught Vitus the faith. He embraced wholeheartedly the teachings of the Church and was secretly baptized.

When his pagan father heard of this he was quite incensed and did all in his power to turn his son away from the Christian faith. Since promises and threats were of no avail, he handed Vitus over to a pagan judge who had him whipped. As the pa- gan father was planning a more severe punishment, Vitus was warned by an angel to flee. Accordingly, he departed in the company of Modestus and Crescentia into foreign lands.

During this exile Vitus attained such a reputation for holiness that the fame of it reached the emperor Diocletian himself. The emperor, who had a son possessed by a devil, summoned Vitus to come and cure his son. Vitus did so, but the un- grateful emperor, not being able to persuade Vitus to worship the pagan gods, cast him into prison, together with Modestus and Crescentia.

As they remained steadfast in chains, the emperor then commanded that they be thrown into a cauldron of melted lead, resin and pitch. Like the three Hebrew youths, however, these martyrs sang hymns and remained unharmed. Next Diocletian had them thrown to a lion, which lay down before them and licked their feet. The emperor, now more furious than ever, ordered them to be stretched on a scaffold such that their limbs were broken and all their bones dislocated. As this torture was going on, there were great clap of thunder, bolts of lightning and earthquakes, which caused the temples of the gods to fall down while many pagans were converted.

St. Vitus is invoked against epilepsy, chorea (called "St. Vitus' Dance"), lethargy, paralysis, dis- eases of the nervous system and the bites of poisonous or mad animals, against lightening and storms and for protection of domestic animals. He is considered the patron of actors and is often depicted with a rooster for when he was thrown into the cauldron, a rooster was thrown in as an anti-sorcery antidote. 

• Wednesday, June 16th - Feria - Votive Mass of St. Joseph, 4th Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 17th - St. Gregory Barbarigo, Bishop & Confessor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Friday, June 18th - St. Ephraem, Confessor & Doctor with Commemoration of Ss. Mark and Marcellian, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Saturday, June 19th - St. Juliana Falconieri, Virgin with Commemoration of Ss. Gervase & Protase, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 1:00 p.m.

• Sunday, June 20th - Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, 2nd Class - Low Mass 9:00 a.m. and Chant Mass 10:30 a.m.


A nine day novena of Holy Masses for all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers and spiritual fathers will take place at Holy Innocents beginning on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20th, and ending on June 28th. Envelopes and cards for this purpose are located throughout the church. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the greatest gift we can give anyone, living or deceased. 

Source: June 13, 2021 Bulletin  

June 12, 2021

Around the Web — June, 2021

Some items of interest from around the web.

Soccavo, Ritrovato un Dipinto “Perduto” di Massimo Stanzione

Madonna di Costantinopoli
Reprinted from Il Crivello.it

Secondo lo storico dell'arte Giuseppe Porzio la pala d'altare raffigurante la "Madonna di Costantinopoli", di grande valore artistico, sarebbe stata realizzata in piena epoca barocca. Dopo il restauro sarà esposta nelle sale del Museo diocesano di Pozzuoli. 

La notizia è sicuramente una di quelle che farebbero emozionare qualsiasi amante dell’arte e della cultura: all’interno della parrocchia di Santa Maria delle Grazie a Soccavo, popoloso quartiere della periferia occidentale di Napoli, più precisamente nella cappella dedicata a San Donato, è stato ritrovato un antichissimo dipinto realizzato dal pittore Massimo Stazione, tra i massimi esponenti del Barocco napoletano. La pala d’altare, finora rimasta ignota e custodita nella cappella partenopea nel più totale anonimato, è stata scoperta da Giuseppe Porzio, docente di Storia dell’arte presso l’Università “L’Orientale” di Napoli, il quale ha riconosciuto l’opera dopo un lungo e attento studio commissionato dall’ufficio diocesano per i beni culturali ecclesiastici. Continue reading

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La Tradizione Napoletana nel Regno di Napoli

Reprinted from IMG Press

Avevo promesso in conclusione del suggestivo studio di Francisco Elias de Tejada, “La Monarchia tradizionale” di sviluppare il tema dell’ultimo capitolo in riguardo al Regno di Napoli. De Tejada, studioso e filosofo spagnolo, nonché esponente del carlismo politico spagnolo, è vissuto a Napoli per sette anni, peraltro sposando una donna napoletana.

Nella parte conclusiva del testo, pubblicato in Italia per la prima volta, dalle Edizioni dell’Albero nel 1966, affronta il tema della tradizione di Napoli, per certi versi si tratta di un inno alla napoletanità. È uno studio che Tejada aveva accarezzato già dagli anni dell’infanzia. E’ un richiamo del sangue che lo ha spinto “a cercare notizie su quel paese azzurro e oro in cui le memorie dei miei antenati e la curiosità dell’incantesimo tessevano leggende”, nonostante tutto senza mettere piede in via Toledo. Già si sentiva Napoletano di cuore. I suoi antenati erano partiti da Napoli tre secoli fa ai tempi del re Filippo IV, per stabilirsi in Estremadura. Continue reading

Feast of Sant'Onofrio

Sant'Onofrio, ora pro nobis
June 12th is the Feast of Sant'Onofrio the hermit, patron saint of weavers and jurists. He is also invoked to help recover stolen or lost objects and by women seeking successful husbands. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Centrache (CZ), Sant’Onofrio (VV), Petina (SA), Casalvecchio Siculo (ME), and Serramonacesca (PE), among others. He is co-patron of Palermo (PA) and Sutera (CL). In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to Sant’Onofrio.* The accompanying photo was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Evviva Sant'Onofrio! 
O glorioso Sant’ Onofrio, nostro protettore, devotamente a Te ricorriamo e prostrati davanti alla Tua immagine, con affetto e con gratitudine, ti ringraziamo, ti veneriamo e ti invochiamo.
O Sant’ Onofrio, benedetto anche in terra lontana e straniera, nostro protettore nelle afflizioni e nelle debolezze, allontana da noi ogni male e fa’ che un raggio della Tua luce possa rischiarire la nostra vita.
O Sant’ Onofrio, Tu che sei vissuto nella solitudine del deserto, fa’ che anche noi sul Tuo esempio, possiamo affrontare con coraggio i dolori e i travagli della nostra vita quotidiana, rimanendo sempre fedeli a Dio, camminando sulla via della fede, della speranza e della carita’.
O nostro santo protettore, oggi e sempre imploriamo la tua speciale protezione sulle nostre famiglie, i nostri anziani, vicini e lontani, e specialmente sui nostri giovani.
O nostro amabile protettore, Sant’ Onofrio, con tenero affetto e tanto amore, chiediamo al Signore, tramite la Tua intercessione, di essere sempre protetti da ogni pericolo.
Per Cristo nostro Signore. Amen.
* The prayer to Sant’Onofrio was reprinted from the Committee Sant’Onofrio Centrachese di Toronto

June 11, 2021

Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacro Cuore di Gesù in Napoli
The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sacro Cuore di Gesù) is celebrated nineteen days after Pentecost Sunday in reparation for the indignities and sins committed against Our Lord. The devotion has its origins in the eleventh century, but only became widespread in 1690 after the death of its principal exponent St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. First celebrated in 1670, the Feast was eventually extended to the whole church by Pope Pius IX in 1856. The counter-revolutionary movements of the 18th and 19th centuries—such as the Royalists of the Vendée during the French Revolution and the Pontifical Zouaves during the so-called Italian Risorgimento, among others—were steadfastly loyal to the devotion. In celebration, I'm posting the Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, The accompanying photo of the Sacred Heart was taken at the Chiesa di San Ferdinando in Piazza San Ferdinando during my 2007 pilgrimage to Napoli.
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee. I take Thee, O Sacred Heart, for the sole object of my love, the protection of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my frailty and inconstancy, the reparation for all the defects of my life, and my secure refuge at the hour of my death. Be Thou, O Most Merciful Heart, my justification before God Thy Father, and screen me from His anger which I have so justly merited. I fear all from my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in Thee, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Thine infinite Goodness. Annihilate in me all that can displease or resist Thee. Imprint Thy pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget Thee or be separated from Thee. I beseech Thee, through Thine infinite Goodness, grant that my name be engraved upon Thy Heart, for in this I place all my happiness and all my glory, to live and to die as one of Thy devoted servants. Amen.

The Traditional Latin Mass is Now Celebrated Every Sunday at 9AM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Jersey City, New Jersey

June 10, 2021

New Book: The Politics of Identity in Greek Sicily and Southern Italy

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• The Politics of Identity in Greek Sicily and Southern Italy (Greeks Overseas) by Mark Thatcher

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Publication Date: September 15, 2021

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June 6, 2021

Feast of San Liberato Martire a Roccamandolfi

San Liberato Martire, ora pro nobis
The first Sunday of June is the Feast of San Liberato, Holy Martyr and patron of Roccamandolfi, a small town in the Province of Isernia in Molise.  In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to San Liberato. The accompanying photo was taken at Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey. Evviva San Liberato! 
Prayer to San Liberato 
God our Father, enable us who honor the memory of San Liberato, martyr and protector of Roccamandolfi, 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

Novena to San Vito Martire

San Vito Martire, ora pro nobis

Prayers compiled by Reverend Bonaventure, O.F.M. to be recited for nine consecutive days, June 6th — 14th (Feast on June 15th)

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. Vitus

Grant us, O God, through the intercession of St. Vitus, a due estimation of the value of our soul and of its redemption by the precious blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ; so that, for its salvation, we bear all trials with fortitude. Give this Thy youthful servant and heroic martyr as a guide and protector to Christian youths, that following his example they may after a victorious combat receive the crown of justice in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of St. Vitus

St. Vitus, glorious martyr of Christ; in thy youth thou wast exposed to violent and dangerous temptations, but in the fear of God and for the love of Jesus thou didst victoriously overcome them. O amiable, holy youth, I implore thee by the love of Jesus, assist me with thy powerful intercession to overcome the temptations to evil, to avoid every occasion of sin, and thus to preserve spotless the robe of innocence and sanctifying grace, and to bring it unstained to the judgment-seat of Jesus Christ, that I may forever enjoy the beatific vision of God which is promised to the pure of heart. 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. Vitus 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 was taken at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montclair, New Jersey.

Upcoming New York Purgatorial Society Missa Cantata at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in NYC

The New York Purgatorial Society is a pious association dedicated to assisting the poor souls in Purgatory, under the patronage of St. Michael the Archangel. Members hear Mass (Usus Antiquior) monthly and pray daily for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed (one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be). A Solemn Mass with polyphony is offered annually on or around the feast of All Souls.

To become a member, write to nypurgatorial@yahoo.com. There is an annual membership fee of $30 which defrays the cost of the choir at the annual Solemn High.

Church of St. Vincent Ferrer
869 Lexington Avenue (66th St.)
New York City

Also see:
• Praying for the Repose of the Souls of the Faithful Departed with the New York Purgatorial Society
• Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman in New York City

June 5, 2021

Feast of St. Boniface

St. Boniface, ora pro nobis
June 5th is the Feast of St. Boniface, Benedictine Monk and Martyr. My devotion to the Apostle of the Germans evolved in recent years due to frequent visits and time spent in prayer by his shrine in the peaceful Oratory Church of St. Boniface (109 Willoughby St.) in Brooklyn, New York. My prayers and supplications to the great Saint grew exponentially in 2019 during the disquieting and shameful Pan-Amazonian Synod in Rome, and like Alexander Tshugguel, Michael J. Matt, and other Traditional Catholics around the world, I ardently embraced St. Boniface as a patron Saint of the Counter Revolution. In celebration, I’m posting the collect prayer to St. Boniface. The photo was taken at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface before the 2019-20 renovations. Evviva St. Boniface!

Prayer to St. Boniface

May the Martyr Saint Boniface be our advocate, O Lord, that we may firmly hold the faith he taught with his lips and sealed in his blood and confidently profess it by our deeds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (June 7th — 13th)

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

• Monday, June 7th - Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament in coram sanctissimo with Procession, 2nd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 8th - Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament in coram sanctissimo with Procession, 2nd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Wednesday, June 9th - Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament in coram sanctissimo with Procession, 2nd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 10th - Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament in coram sanctissimo with Procession, 2nd Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Friday, June 11th - Sacred Heart of Jesus, 1st Class - High Mass, 6:00 p.m.


Friday, June 11th is the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. After the 6:00 p.m. High Mass a Eucharistic Holy Hour of Reparation to the Sacred Heart will be held followed by Benediction. Please plan on attending with your families begging almighty God for a great outpouring of graces upon us as we take refuge in this Heart “which has loved men so much!” 

• Saturday, June 12th - St. John of St. Facundo, Confessor with Commemoration of Ss. Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor & Nazarius, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 1:00 p.m.


Saturday June 12th, 2021, 1:00 pm - Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form 2:00 pm - Talk on the Eucharist by Fr. James L. P. Miara in the Parish Hall (Lower Level) 3:00 pm - Social with refreshments 

• Sunday, June 13th - External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 2nd Class - Low Mass 9:00 a.m. and Chant Mass 10:30 a.m.


Next Sunday, June 13th marks the 104th anniversary of Our Lady’s second apparition at Fatima and the manifestation of Her Immaculate Heart. Devotions in Her honor will take place at 2:00 p.m. consisting of the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary, a candlelight Eucharistic Procession and the traditional “Fatima Farewell” (please bring a white handkerchief to wave to Our Lady.) Please note that Vespers will not be sung this Sunday.


Next Sunday, June 13th is the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, particularly loved here at Holy Innocents. Lilies will be blessed in his honor following the 9:00 a.m. Mass and will be available all day for a donation of $5.00 per stem. St. Anthony’s Bread will also be available throughout the day. 

Source: June 6, 2021 Bulletin

June 4, 2021

Feast of San Filippo Smaldone

San Filippo Smaldone, ora pro nobis
June 4th is the Feast of San Filippo Smaldone, the “Apostle of the Deaf.” Born in Naples on July 27, 1848, San Smaldone was ordained a priest on September 23, 1871. Devoting his life to helping deaf-mutes, the blind, orphans, and abandoned children, he founded a school for the deaf in Lecce, Apulia in 1885. The religious women he trained to help tend the impaired would go on to form the Salesian Sisters of the Sacred Hearts. He also founded the Eucharistic League of Priest Adorers and the Eucharistic League of Women Adorers to help support his special ministry. San Filippo Smaldone is the patron saint of the deaf, the mute, and people with heart conditions. In celebration, I'm posting a prayer. Evviva San Filippo Smaldone!
A Prayer to San Filippo Smaldone
Dear St. Smaldone, in your earthly life you were a model of charity. Your love for those with disabilities especially the deaf brought you the beloved name “Apostle of the Deaf.” In your heavenly home please intercede for us here on earth that we may see Jesus in those hardest for us to love. Take our hand and gently guide us on the surest way to salvation. We humbly ask that you place our petitions before the Sacred Heart of Jesus. [Mention your needs here...] Amen.

Feast of San Francesco Caracciolo

San Francesco Caracciolo, ora pro nobis
June 4th is the Feast of San Francesco Caracciolo, patron saint of chefs and protector of Naples. In celebration, I'm posting a prayer to Saint Francis Caracciolo. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Joseph's Church (40 Spring Street) in Lodi, New Jersey. Evviva San Francesco Caracciolo!
Prayer to Saint Francis Caracciolo
O God, You have manifested your love in the priest Saint Francis Caracciolo by making him an adorer of the Eucharist, a preacher of Your divine love, an apostle to the poor, the sick and the sinners. Grant, we implore you, that we may imitate his love for Jesus in the Eucharist, and spare no effort to work for the salvation of our brothers and sisters, always for the greater glory of the risen Christ. Through the intercession of Saint Francis, we ask you to inspire many young men and women to follow Christ totally in the the spirit of prayer, penance and zeal for the building of your kingdom here on earth, Amen.

June 3, 2021

The Feast of Corpus Christi

Celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, the Feast of Corpus Christi, or Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, honors the real presence of the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

In celebration, I’m posting the Anima Christi, a Medieval prayer of unknown origin. The accompanying photo is a party favor I received at my eldest nephew's First Communion.

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

Feast of Our Lady of the Sacred Letter

Madonna della Lettera, ora pro nobis
June 3rd is the Feast of the Madonna della Lettera (Our Lady of the Sacred Letter), patroness of Messina, Sicily. According to tradition, in 42 AD the city of Messina sent a delegation accompanied by St. Paul to Jerusalem to profess their faith in Christ and seek an audience with the Blessed Mother. Warmly welcomed, Our Lady gave the ambassadors her blessing along with a letter confirming her special patronage to their city. The envoy triumphantly returned to Messina on September 8th with the epistle tied with a lock of the Virgin's hair. In celebration, I'm posting Our Lady's letter in English and Italian. The accompanying photo of the Madonna della Lettera was taken at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary and Saint Stephen's Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Evviva Madonna della Lettera!
The Letter
I, Virgin Mary, daughter of Joachim, humble servant of God, Mother of Jesus crucified, of the tribe of Judah, the offspring of David, Health to all in Messina and the blessing of God, the Father Almighty. We know by what public means your great faith have been quickly accepted, and through the Ambassadors you have confessed that our Son, begotten of God, is God and man, and that after the Resurrection He ascended into heaven: You have the way of Truth through the preaching of Paul the Apostle elect, and for this reason I Bless You and Your City and I want to be your perpetual protectoress.
La Lettera
Maria Vergine, figlia di Gioacchino, umilissima serva di Dio, Madre di Gesù Crocefisso, della tribù di Giuda, della stirpe di Davide, salute a tutti i Messinesi e benedizione di Dio Padre Onnipotente. Ci consta, per pubblico strumento, che voi tutti con fede grande avete a noi spedito Legati e Ambasciatori e confessate che il nostro Figlio, generato da Dio, sia Dio e uomo, e che dopo la sua risurrezione salì al cielo, conoscendo voi la via della verità per mezzo della predicazione di Paolo Apostolo eletto. Per la qual cosa, benediciamo voi e la stessa città, della quale Noi vogliamo essere perpetua protettrice.