July 17, 2019

Evviva Maria! Celebrating the 129th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Newark, New Jersey

Evviva Maria!
Sunday evening scores of devotees, including members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, converged on the Ironbound District of Newark, New Jersey to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form was sung by newly ordained Fr. Damian Zahlocki, who was dutifully assisted by a slew of sacred ministers, altar servers, and the glorious parish schola.

Following the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, pilgrims processed the statue of Our Lady for a few hours through the working-class neighborhood. Accompanied by the Tony Neglia Festival Band, our cortège wended its way through the streets with great fanfare. Along the way, we were regularly greeted by spirited locals who generously offered participants cold water and refreshments.

Returning to the church, the statue (adorned with donations) was placed back on the beautifully decorated bye-altar. Fr. Damian concluded the ceremony with a benediction and the opportunity to venerate the relic of the Blessed Mother’s veil.

Adjourning to the rectory, guests were treated to a catered reception courtesy of the Very Rev. Msgr. Cav. Joseph Ambrosio, Chaplain of the Constantinian Order and Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
(L) The relic of the veil of the Blessed Mother. (L) The High Altar 
Dama Minervini & Cavs Napoli, Fratta, Gangone & Berardi with Fr. Zahlocki
After Mass, Our Lady is presented to the expectant crowd. Placed on a wagon, the statue was pulled through the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey 
The procession wends its way through the neighborhood 
(Above & below) Knights of the Sacred Military Constantinian
Order of Saint George proudly served as honor guard
(Above & below) The procession stops so residents can offer donations 
(R) Along the procession route, devotees set up statues
and generously offer water to participants
(L) After the procession, the statue is returned to the bye-altar. (R) Standard of the defunct Our Lady of Mt. Carmel society of Waterville, New York
The Benediction
After the Benediction, devotees venerate the relic of the veil
Back at the rectory, Monsignor regales us with a few songs
Photos courtesy of Rosanna Minervini, Anthony Scillia and John Napoli