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