October 30, 2019

Feast of Sant'Angelo d'Acri

Viva Sant'Angelo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
October 30th is the Feast Day of Sant'Angelo d'Acri, Capuchin priest, itinerant preacher and patron of Acri, Calabria. Canonized by Pope Francis on October 15, 2017 with 34 other new saints, I'm posting a prayer to commemorate the occasion. The accompanying photo was taken during the 2015 Feast at Most Precious Blood Church (109 Mulberry Street), the national shrine of San Gennaro, located in New York City's historic Little Italy.
Prayer to Sant'Angelo d'Acri
O God, you gave to your priest Sant'Angelo the grace to call sinners to penance through his words and miracles, grant through his intercession, that we may be sorry for our sins, and gain eternal life. 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
Also see: Around the Web: Blessed Angelo of Acri

Next Purgatorial Society Mass: November 13

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.

Also see: Praying for the Repose of the Souls of the Faithful Departed with the New York Purgatorial Society

October 29, 2019

Celebrating the 118th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco, in Little Italy, New York

Viva San Vincenzo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
A Look at Sunday’s cold and rainy 118th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo Martire at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood (113 Baxter St.) in Little Italy, New York.

Thank you Fred Spero, Stephen La Rocca and all the members of the Craco Society for your hard work and dedication. As always, it was a tremendous pleasure to celebrate our faith and culture together. Viva San Vincenzo!

The 1901 statue of San Vincenzo
(Above & below) Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Nicholas Grieco  
Lectors Michael Salomone and Patrick Colabella reading the Sacred Scriptures
During his sermon, Msgr. Grieco spoke at length about San Vincenzo 
(L) Joseph Rinaldi proclaiming the intercessions. (R.) Cantor Susan Mello
sang a glorious rendition of Inno a San Vincenzo Martire
After Mass, devotees venerate San Vincenzo
Donations are pinned onto the 1930s era statue of San Vincenzo 
Our buddies Konstantinos with the standing statue
and Stephen La Rocca with the relic of San Vincenzo
Children venerating the relic
Cav. John Napoli of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George with dear friends, Tony, Anna, and Konstantinos Mavrianos-Cesare 
San Rocco Society brethren, Cav. Napoli with
Cav. Paul Tocci of 
the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
Viva Sant'Angelo!
After Mass, I had the privilege of helping carry the statue of Sant'Angelo d’Acri from his niche to the bye alter for the Mass in the Saint’s honor.

Photo of the Week: Ruins of Pompeii

Photo by New York Scugnizzo

October 28, 2019

Celebrating the Forty Hours Devotion at the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City

Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Immortalitátis alimónian consecúti, quǽsumus, Dómine: ut, qui sub Christi Regis vexillis militáre gloriámur, cum Ipso, in cælésti sede, júgiter regnáre possímus: Qui tecum vivit.(1)
Over the course of three days members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith) joined the faithful at the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th St.) in Manhattan to celebrate the Forty Hours Devotion, a solemn forty-hour period of continuous prayer made before the Most Blessed Sacrament in exposition. A bastion of traditional Catholicism, the church is the only parish in the entire Archdiocese of New York that observes the devotion in its traditional form.(2)

Beginning Friday evening with Holy Hour and Confession, the Votive Mass of Exposition was sung by Rev. Fr. James L.P. Miara. After Holy Communion, the Most Blessed Sacrament was placed in the monstrance and incensed. A solemn Eucharistic procession around the nave with crucifer, thurifers, and a retinue of acolytes carrying torches and processional canopy culminated with the enthronement of the Blessed Sacrament on the altar for all-night Adoration while the Schola chanted the Tantum Ergo Sacramentum
Mass concluded with the Benediction, Divine Praises, and the chanting the Litany of the Saints. 

Returning Saturday afternoon, we found the tired faces of a few devout souls who remained and prayed through the night. Settling in, we 
implored God's divine mercy and joined the congregation in praying the Holy Rosary. As it happens, it was also the final day of Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s forty-day crusade of prayer and fasting, so we prayed the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows for the good intentions of the Holy Father as well as for his rejection of the theological errors and heresies connected with the Amazon Synod.
Missa Pro Pace (Mass for peace) was sung by Fr. Miara at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help bye-altar.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by the faithful continued throughout the night.

Sunday morning, the closing Mass of Reposition and the Solemnity of Christ the King was celebrated Coram Sanctissimo, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The Forty Hours Devotion closed with a solemn procession and final reposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. 
Same as with the opening Mass of Exposition, Fr. Miara ended with a Benediction, the Divine Praises, and chanting the Litany of the Saints. The congregation sang the Te Deum and recited the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Plenary Indulgences were gained by all who confessed their sins and received Holy Communion at the church during the three days of Exposition.

                                         ~ Giovanni di Napoli with Andrew Giordano, Sunday, October 27, The Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ 
(1) We who have received the food of immortality, beseech Thee, O Lord: that we who glory in our warfare under the banners of Christ our King, may reign with Him for ever in His heavenly dwelling place: Who liveth and reigneth. ~ Postcommunion Collect

(2) Forty Hours Devotion at Church of Holy Innocents This Weekend by Stuart Chessman, October 24, 2019, The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny

October 27, 2019

Solemnity of Christ the King

Christ Pantocrator, Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily
The last Sunday of October is the Feast of Christ the King, which celebrates the authority of Our Lord Jesus Christ as King of the cosmos. In celebration, I'm posting A Prayer to Christ the King. The accompanying photo of Christ Pantocrator (Christ Almighty) was taken at the Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily.
A Prayer to Christ the King
O Jesus Christ, I acknowledge you as universal King. All that has been made has been created for You. Exercise all Your rights over me. I renew my Baptismal Vows. I renounce Satan, his pomps and his works; I promise to live as a good Christian. And, in particular do I pledge myself to labor, to the best of my ability, for the triumph of the rights of God and of Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, to You do I offer my poor services, laboring that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred kingship, and that thus the reign of Your peace be established throughout the whole universe. Amen

Feast of San Gaudioso di Napoli

Viva San Gaudioso!
October 27th is the Feast Day of San Gaudioso di Napoli, patron saint of Rione Sanità, a neighborhood in the Stella district of Naples.
In 439 AD, the Vandal King Genseric exiled Septimius Celius Gaudiosus, Bishop of Abitinia (a town in the Roman Province of Africa), and a handful of followers for refusing to convert to Arianism. Cast out to sea in a rickety boat with no oars or sail, the vessel and its passengers miraculously landed safely across the Mediterranean at Naples.
Settling on the Capodimonte hill, San Gaudioso is credited with building a monastery, introducing the Rule of St. Augustine, and the translation of several relics, including that of Santa Restituta.
When he died (c.452 AD), the holy man was interred in a necropolis outside the city walls. Quickly becoming a place of devotion and veneration by locals, the catacombs were named in his honor. Abandoned in the Late Middle Ages due to mudslides (known as the Lave dei Virgini) and the removal of the saint’s relics to a safer location, the catacombs eventually opened again in the 16th century with the discovery of a 5th or 6th century Byzantine icon of the Madonna della Sanità, the oldest depiction of the Virgin Mary in Naples.
In addition to the icon and the tomb of San Gaudioso, the catacombs preserve several frescoes and mosaics dating from the 17th century all the way back to the Paleochristian era, including a painting of St. Peter introducing the deceased Pascentius to a third figure believed to be either St. Paul or Jesus Christ.
More recently, the renowned Neapolitan poet Totò (Antonio De Curtis, 1898-1967) composed the poem 'A Livella, which was inspired by a painting of Memento Mori (the Triumph of Death) in the catacombs.
In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to San Gaudioso di Napoli. The accompanying photo comes courtesy of the Catacombe di San Gaudioso.
Prayer to San Gaudioso di Napoli 
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the examples of San Gaudioso di Napoli may effectually move us to reform our lives; that while we celebrate his feast, we may also imitate his actions. Look upon our weakness, almighty God, and since the burden of our own deeds weighs heavily upon us, may the glorious intercession of San Gaudioso protect us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco

San Vincenzo Martire, ora pro nobis
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
The fourth Sunday of October is the Feast of San Vincenzo, Legionnaire and Martyr. He is the patron Saint of Craco in Basilicata (Lucania). In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Vincent.(1) The accompanying photo of the reclining statue of San Vincenzo and relic was taken at Most Precious Blood Church (113 Baxter St.) in Little Italy, New York. The picture of the standing statue was taken during the 2012 Feast of San Vincenzo Martire at now closed Saint Joseph's Church (5 Monroe Street) in Manhattan, the national shrine of San Vincenzo. For more on Saint Vincent's Feast Day please visit the Craco Society and the San Fele SocietyEvviva San Vincenzo!
Prayer to St. Vincent,
Patron of Craco, Lucania

O strong and glorious St. Vincent, our distinguished patron, who had the honor of giving your life for loyal testimony to Jesus Christ, turn your loving gaze on us who by wise design of providence, are, the unworthy, fortunate guardians of your relics.

Teach us, oh, generous Martyr, the tenacity to do good in the way in which you serve as model, having preserved good intentions even when you were violently torn from the quiet life of our family.

Communicate with our souls a little of the great love which you showed evidence of in your lifetime. Pray to the Lord Jesus
that because the generosity of your love of the Cross, that our hearts will be evermore enkindled. Present to Jesus, sweet friend of our souls and crown of Martyrs our earnest desire to support courageously, like you, every suffering of our lives, Amen

(1) A Prayer to St. Vincent courtesy of the San Felese Society

October 25, 2019

Around the Web: “Why We Are Neo-Bourbon” an IAP Lecture on the Southern Italian Roots of the Italian American Community

In celebration of Italian American Heritage Month, our favorite moderator John M. Viola has been invited to speak to the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation (NOIA Foundation) about the history of Southern Italy and its impact on the Italian American story.

Recorded from a live presentation, join our friends in Cleveland as they explore a brief history of a united Southern Italy, from the Golden Age of the Norman Kingdom, through the Bourbon era and the end of the Kingdom’s 731 year sovereignty.

In this beginners overview of two of the most dynamic and important periods of the history of the Two Sicilies, you’ll discover some fascinating historic trivia, and as John shares the shocking statistics of what the South was really like on the eve of the Risorgimento, you’ll begin to understand the long-lost counter-history that explains why the nation that in 1860 had Europe’s lowest rate of emigration, would lose nearly 40% of its population within 50 years of the Italian Reunification.

Listen to the episode

Solemnity of All Saints at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York

October 24, 2019

Celebrating the 120th Annual Feast of San Gerardo Maiella in Newark, New Jersey

Evviva San Gerardo! 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
A Look at Sunday’s cold and rainy Feast of San Gerardo Maiella at St. Lucy’s Church, the National Shrine to St. Gerard, in Newark, New Jersey.
In the chapel, devotees pin donations on to the statue
Among the many statues depicting the Blessed Mother are
the Madonna Addolorata and the Madonna del Carmine
Making the rounds, I made my customary intercessory prayers
to all the saints, including to San Michele Arcangelo and San Sabino
Clerestory windows above the aisles illuminate the nave.
Images include San Michele Arcangelo and San Sabino di Avellino
Detail of ceiling mural depicting the martyrdom of Santa Lucia
Next door to the church, displaying tons of historical memorabilia, is the Museum of the Old First Ward (in the basement of St. Lucy's Community Center)
The front and back of an antique standard
Some badges and pins on display 
Among the museum's many treasures is an authentic Neapolitan Presepio
(Above & below) Presepio pieces on display near the gift shop 
The Magi bearing gifts 
Our Lady with the Infant Jesus
(Above & below) Cold and sodden, the procession returns to the fairgrounds 
(Above & below) The statue is generously wrapped in money 
The rain didn't dampen the festive spirit
Diehard devotees escort the saint back into the church

Feast of San Raffaele Arcangelo

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
October 24th is the Feast Day of San Raffaele Arcangelo (St. Raphael the Archangel), patron of travelers, happy meetings, matchmakers, healers and the blind. In celebration I’m posting a prayer to St. Raphael. The accompanying photo of Tobias and the Angel (c. 1622) by Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, better known as Battistello, was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel
O Raphael, lead us towards those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us! Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand towards those we are looking for! May all our movements, all their movements, be guided by your Light and transfigured by your Joy.
Angel Guide of Tobias, lay the request we now address to you at the feet of Him on whose unveiled Face you are privileged to gaze. Lonely and tired, crushed by the separations and sorrows of earth, we feel the need of calling to you and of pleading for the protection of your wings, so that we may not be as strangers in the Province of Joy, all ignorant of the concerns of our country.
Remember the weak, you who are strong—you whose home lies beyond the region of thunder, in a land that is always peaceful, always serene, and bright with the resplendent glory of God. Amen.

Solemnity of Christ the King at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York

October 23, 2019

Praying for the Repose of the Souls of the Faithful Departed with the New York Purgatorial Society

Evviva San Vincenzo!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Monday evening, members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith) made the long overdue trek to St. Vincent Ferrer Church (869 Lexington Ave.) in Manhattan for the monthly sung Requiem Mass. Sponsored by the New York Purgatorial Society, the Mass is offered in the Dominican or Roman Rites for the poor and forgotten souls in Purgatory.

Arriving early, we had the opportunity to explore the beautiful church and say our preparatory prayers before the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Wishing not to disturb the other worshipers, I waited until after Mass to take my pictures. However, buy that time the lights were dimmed and most of the chapels were gated, so I didn’t get to take as many photos as I would have liked. 
Mass was celebrated by the Rosary bye-altar
High Mass was sung by Fr. Joseph F. Wilson, Chaplain of the Society. He was dutifully assisted by several servers and the society’s very talented Schola. Celebrated at the Rosary bye-altar, I did not have a clear view of the Mass, but thanks to the church’s amazing acoustics we heard everything perfectly.
We were able to venerate the relics of Pope St. John Paul II,
on the eve of his Feast Day (October 22nd), and St. Jacinta Marto
As an aside, the one thing that really stood out for me was how young most of the assemblage was. I finally witnessed first hand the much-vaunted youthfulness of traditional Catholics. Admittedly, this hasn’t always been my experience, so it was nice to see so many young faces. Additionally, the sound of happy toddlers in the back of the church was most welcome.  
St. Ann and the Blessed Mother
Afterward, we were invited to join the Purgatorial Society for some drinks at a nearby watering hole. Mingling with other partygoers, we were happy to learn that several of the attendees were new to the Latin Mass.
Knocking back a few pints, we drank to the memory of good King Francesco II of the Two Sicilies and the ever faithful Loyalists who fought and died for the Kingdom. Seeing as it was his Feast Day (October 21st), we couldn't forget Blessed Emperor Karl I of Austria and his wife, Servant of God Empress Zita.
The sanctuary and High Altar
Thank you Very Rev. Walter Wagner, O.P., Pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena Parish, and members of the congregation for your warmth and hospitality. Special Thanks to our pal Pete Clemente for inviting us, I wish we took you up on the invitation sooner. God bless the members of the New York Purgatorial Society for sponsoring the Masses and their righteous mission to promote prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. As always, it was a great joy to celebrate our faith together.
The Next Purgatorial Mass at St. Vincent Ferrer Church will be offered on Wednesday, November 13th. For more information about the New York Purgatorial Society visit www.nypurgatorial.com or write to nypurgatorial@yahoo.com.
                                            ~ Giovanni di Napoli, Tuesday, October 22nd, the Feast St. Abercius of Hieropolis