March 8, 2016

Investiture and Mass in the Presence of the Royal Family of the Two Sicilies at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City

Our friend Anthony O'Boyle is invested into the 
Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli
On Thursday, March 3rd, hundreds turned out for the Investiture and Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on the occasion of the visit of the Royal Family of the Two Sicilies. The Investiture by command and in the presence of HRH Prince Carlo di Borbone, Duke of Castro, took place in the Lady Chapel behind the High Altar. Close friends and family (as well as members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, the Order of Malta, the Order of Saint Stanislaus, and the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa) watched with pride and joy as loved ones were invested into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George and Royal Order of Francis I of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies.
Following the ceremony, there was a solemn procession from the chapel through the packed nave to the High Altar. Mass was concelebrated by 23 Priests, four seminarians from the Archdiocese of Newark, and other assistants. During his inspirational homily (delivered in English and Italian) his Eminence lauded the efforts of the Royal Family and religious Orders, signaling out Delegate John M. Viola and Mayor Pasquale Menna for special praise. 
In one of the many beautiful and touching moments of the liturgy, Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Capri, and Princess Maria Chiara, Duchess of Palermo, offered the Prayers of the Faithful. Cantor Salvatore Basile, accompanied by organist Daniel Brondel, performed a stirring rendition of Giovanni Paisiello’s Inno al Re, the National Anthem of the Two Sicilies. The service concluded with the veneration of the Relic of the True Cross.
Afterward, about three hundred celebrants attended the reception at the luxurious Lotte Palace Hotel (455 Madison Ave.), where we enjoyed some champagne, a wide range of delicious hors-d'oeuvre, and plenty of camaraderie. While addressing the audience, Their Royal Highnesses were clearly touched by the love and affection accorded them by members of the diaspora community.
The already fantastic evening became even better when I was introduced to the Royal Family. Never could I have imagined that a neobrigante from Brooklyn would actually get to meet Their Sicilian Magesties. It was a privilege and an honor I won’t soon forget. 
I want to thank all the members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George for their hard work and dedication. As always they did a tremendous job. Heartfelt thanks to Delegate John M. Viola, Chancellor Pasquale Menna, and Vice Chancellor Patrick O’Boyle for their warmth and hospitality. We are indebted to their leadership and devotion to our community. Special thanks to Charles Sant’Elia of the Comitati Due Sicilie USA. Charles is a tireless organizer and true warrior. I look forward to our continued collaboration. Viva 'o Rre!
(Above and below) HRH invests new members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George and Royal Order of Francis I of the Royal House of Bourbon Two Sicilies
Baron Robert LaRocca and Consorella, Dama Lisa Swayze led the Procession
The Order of Holy Sepulcher and Order of Malta join in the Mass for TRH
 For the first time the entire Royal Family attends Mass together at St Patrick's
Part of the 23 concelebrating Priests who joined TRH at the Mass
TRH in Sanctuary during Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral
Princess Maria Chiara, Duchess of Palermo, and Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Capri, offered the Prayers of the Faithful
HRH Princess Maria Carolina venerates a Relic of the True Cross
Their Royal Highnesses accommodate the paparazzi
HRH Prince Carlo di Borbone, Duke of Castro, and HRH Princess Camilla di Borbone, Duchess of Castro address the audience at the Lotte Palace Hotel
(Above and below) Guests had a chance to meet the Royal Family at the reception
Our friend Economos Romanos V. Russo with the Royal Family