May 31, 2020

Online Tredicina di Sant’Antonio at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Newark, New Jersey

Viva Sant'Antonio!
June 1st —June 13th @ 7PM

The Tredicina di Sant’Antonio (thirteen days of preparation for the Feast of St. Anthony) will be celebrated online in Italian by the Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph Ambrosio. Devotees can join the solemn prayer service at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church – Newark, NJ Facebook page.

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May 30, 2020

Church Furthers Cause of the Martyrs of Casamari

The Martyrdom of Simeon Cardon
and his Five Companions
On Wednesday, May 27, Pope Francis advanced the causes for canonization of twelve holy men and women, including the Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus and Blessed Charles de Foucauld, a French hermit murdered in Algeria. The new decrees recognize various miracles as well as the martyrdom of Servant of God Fr. Cosma Spessotto in El Salvador and Servants of God Simeon Cardon and his five companions at the Abbey of Casamari in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. While all are a cause for celebration, the promulgation of the Martyrs of Casamari holds a special significance to us.

During the French invasion of the Kingdom of Naples in 1798, Napoleon’s Grande Armée installed the short-lived and widely unpopular Parthenopean Republic, a treacherous Franco-Jacobin satellite state propped up with French bayonets. Though Sicily remained in control of the Bourbons, the brutal conquest of the Neapolitan portion of the Kingdom was violent and bloody, and as so often is the case with anti-Bourbon historians, the abominable crimes of the Republic receive little to no attention in comparison to the loyalists’ reprisals.

Among the many atrocities committed by the so-called “enlightened” conquerors, was the massacre of six Cistercian friars on May 13, 1799 at the Gothic Abbey of Casamari, bordering the Papal States. Following the capture of Naples, a band of French men-at-arms returning northward came upon the ancient Abbey. Welcomed by the prior Simeon Cardon, a Frenchmen who only a few years earlier fled the revolutionary atrocities in his homeland, the soldiers sacked and desecrated the church in hatred of the faith (Odium fidei). As Cardon and the five other friars attempted to recover the Consecrated Hosts strewn across the sanctuary floor they were shot and murdered in cold blood. After the departure of the soldiers, the martyrs were interred in the Church by the surviving monks.

Closed by Napoleon in 1811, the Abbey recovered with the restoration of the Bourbons. Suppressed again by the Italian State in 1873, it was stripped of its assets. Amazingly, the Cistercians did not abandon the abbey and it continues to be a popular religious destination today for tourists and pilgrims alike. In commemoration, I’m posting a Prayer for the Blessed Martyrs Simeon Cardon and Five Companions:
We humbly beseech the mercy of your majesty, almighty and merciful God, that, as you have poured the knowledge of your Only Begotten Son into the hearts of the peoples by the preaching of the blessed Martyrs Simeon Cardon and five companions, so, through their intercession, we may be made steadfast in the faith. 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.
~ Giovanni di Napoli, May 29, Feast of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi
Addendum: On a sad note, we learned that Don Eugenio Romagnuolo, Abbot at Casamari, recently passed away from Covid-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with Don Romagnuolo, his family, friends and brethren, as well as the parishioners at Casamari. Requiescat in pace.

May 28, 2020

Lessons from the South of Italy: Historical Background and the Response to Covid-19

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What?

The Italian Consiglio Superiore di Sanità (Public Health Council) declared Southern Italy's policy regarding the management of the Coronavirus problem to be an extraordinary success.

The country’s application of measures aimed at containing the spread of the pandemic were timely applied and largely respected in the Southern regions of Italy much more than in the Northern regions. And the numbers clearly highlight the success of such policy, rewarding both the local governments and the citizens.

Do you wish to know how this success was built? And in which modern and historical context the North and South regions of Italy complex coexistence? Do you want to see what competence, timely response, and compassion look like?

We will look at Napoli, as an example of Southern Italy’s excellence. We will enter inside of the only hospital in Italy where not even one doctor, nurse, or worker lost his or her life while saving the lives of their patients. Please join us in this heartwarming and illuminating discovery of Italy’s hidden gems that the current pandemic had brought to light!

When?

Friday, June 5, 2020
5.30 pm - 6.30 pm
• 45 minutes lecture
• 15 minutes Q & A

Where?

The webinar will take place online through Cisco Webex Meetings

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The webinar is $10 for all Filitalia members and non members. RSVP is required, so please reserve your ticket online.

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New Book — Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy

Forthcoming title that may be of interest to our readers. Available at TAN Books

Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy by Charles A. Coulombe

Publisher: TAN Books
Publication date: August 27, 2020
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Language: English
Pages: 268

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New Music — Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas

New and forthcoming music that may be of interest to our readers.

Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 24 performed by Alan Goldstein

Label: Naxos
Release Date: June 12, 2020
Audio CD: $11.99
Number of Discs: 1

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Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 23 performed by Sergio Monteiro

Label: Naxos
Release Date: March 27, 2020
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May 27, 2020

Around the Web: Brief Reflection on Local Legitimism

Reprinted from thewarforchristendom.com
Enrico Fratangelo, mayor of Castellino del Biferno in Mulise, is not a legitimist. He acts as a loyal public servant of the Republic of Italy and as he says he “sang the anthem of Italy at the top of my voice.” But in the past few months, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent crisis, Fratangelo is praticing what can only be called localist legitimist politics. He has begun printing money called ducati, bearing the Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, images of Our Lady or the Saints, and bearing the inscription:
“Flourishing and Peaceful community of the Kingdom of Naples, County of Molise, land of Workers and of Patriots called Brigands. From 1861, land of unemployment and emigration.”
These ducati are to be used for the relief of the poor during the crisis, echoing the Royal Law of 1831, decreeing “unemployment allowance for those who absolutely cannot with their labor support themselves and their family”. In light of the absolutely disastrous response to the crisis by the Republic, Fratangelo’s solution is legitimist in two ways, symbolic and practical. Symbolically, it serves as a reminder of history, patriotism, and fidelity to a tradition that has endured multiple attempts to erase it. In the realm of symbols, legitimists can never be defeated because our symbols are simultaneously true in themselves and signify a greater truth, whether historical, liturgical, or cosmological. Practically it is a participation in the Common Good (note participation in, not the nonsensical phrase “administration of the Common Good,” more about this in a later post), and a reclamation of old sovereignty in accordance with laws that were never abolished but only suppressed by a centuries-long tyranny, which seeks to remove a thousand years of history from the hearts and minds of those it enslaves.
The similarity of this action to that of the 1,603 Austrian municipalities which between the years 1931 and 1938 granted honorary citizenship to His Majesty, Archduke Otto von Habsburg, makes me wonder about the possibility of this kind of localist legitimist politics as the future of our movement. In a world where the Right is becoming increasing fragmented between many similar movements with radically diverging ideologies, these small scale symbolic and practical actions might indeed be the only ground we can reclaim. Whether the “Right” remains divided amongst the New Wave Integralists, illogical Reactionism, or National “Conservatism,” or one of these forms comes to dominate, Legitimism will endure through these communities. Is this just the so-called Benedict Option? I’m not well-researched enough to definitely rule that out, rather I would point to the fact that legitimist politics are restorative, a “sign of contradiction” in the midst of public life. Of course it’s entirely possible that this won’t happen. Even a fully restored Christendom, an “integralist” world would have the same suffering, the same sin, the same corruption as we have today. The restored world wouldn’t be better but it would be good, and in whatever simple ways we can restore the good that decays, we are carrying out our mission from God; we are practicing legitimist politics.
Viv’O Regno!
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The Hapsburg Restoration Movement* is the direct successor and revival of the Restoration Movement which began in 1923, as well as the indirect successor of the Zentralkomitee der Monarchistischen Bewegungen (Central Committee of Monarchist Movements) (1938-1944) and The Restoration Association (1945-1994). The Movement exists to restore the Catholic order of Christendom, and return the Holy Roman Emperor to his rightful place as the Temporal Head of Christendom. Those interested in officially joining the Movement can email me (the Knight Commander) through the contact page.

May 24, 2020

Photo of the Week: L’Obelisco Carolino di Bitonto

The Obelisk Carolino in Bitonto, Apulia, commemorates HRH King Charles of Bourbon’s victory over the Austrian Habsburgs at the Battle of Bitonto in the Kingdom of Naples on May 25, 1734. The 60 foot high monument was designed by Giovanni Antonio Medrano. Photo courtesy of Andrew Giordano

May 23, 2020

New Book — Ex. It.: Sicily’s Utopian Villages

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Ex. It.: Sicily’s Utopian Villages by Daniele Ratti and Luisa Porta

Publisher: Schilt Publishing
Publication date: December 1, 2020
Hardcover: $50.00
Language: English
Pages: 176

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May 20, 2020

New Book — Sonic Ethnography: Identity, Heritage and Creative Research Practice in Basilicata, Southern Italy

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Sonic ethnography: Identity, heritage and creative research practice in Basilicata, southern Italy (Anthropology, Creative Practice and Ethnography) by Lorenzo Ferrarini and Nicola Scaldaferri

Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: November 23, 2020
Hardcover: $37.95
Language: English
Pages: 200

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May 19, 2020

New Book: Nature and the Arts in Early Modern Naples

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Nature and the Arts in Early Modern Naples by Frank Fehrenbach and Joris Gastel

Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: October 15, 2020
Hardcover: $79.99
Language: English
Pages: 296

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May 18, 2020

Photo of the Week: The Holy Souls in Purgatory in the Chiesa Madre di Santa Maria dell'Olmo, Castelmezzano

The Holy Souls in Purgatory, attributed to Giovanni de Gregorio, known as "il Pietrafesa," in the Chiesa Madre di Santa Maria dell'Olmo, Castelmezzano, PZ
Photo by Andrew Giordano

May 14, 2020

2020 Virtual Novena and Feast Day Celebration of Our Lady of Sacro Monte

I warmly invite you to virtually participate in the triduum and the feast of Our Lady of Sacro Monte, Our Blessed Mother and Holy Protectress, which will be live-streamed on the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church of Newark’s Facebook page and the Catholic Society of Our Lady of Sacro Monte of Novi Velia Facebook page.

Feast Program

Thursday, May 14
First Day of the Triduum: Novena at 8 pm

Friday, May 15
Second Day of the Triduum: Novena at 8 pm

Saturday, May 16
Third Day of the Triduum and Vigil of the Feast: Vigil Mass at 7 pm

Sunday, May 17
Feast day: Festal Mass with Panegyric at 11 am.

Immediately following Mass:

Virtual Celebratory Gathering on Catholic Society of Our Lady of Sacro Monte of Novi Velia.

Click on these links to watch the livestreamed events:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Newark, NJ and Catholic Society of Our Lady of Sacro Monte of Novi Velia.

Cosi’ Vi invito tutti calorosamente di partecipare virtualmente al triduo ed alla festa della Madonna del Sacro Monte, la nostra Beata Madre e Protettrice, che saranno trasmessi in diretta dalla chiesa parrocchiale della Madonna del Carmine a Newark sulla loro pagina Facebook, e sulla pagina Facebook della Congrega Maria SS del Sacro Monte di Novi Velia

Programma della Festa

Giovedi’ 14 maggio

Primo giorno del triduo: Novena alle ore 20 (8) p.m.

Venerdi’ 15 maggio
Secondo giorno del triduo: Novena alle ore 20 (8) p.m.

Sabato 16 maggio
Terzo giorno del triduo e vigilia della festa: Messa vespertina alle ore 19 (7) p.m.

Domenica 17 maggio
Giorno della festa: Messa festiva con panegirico alle ore 11 a.m.

Subito dopo la Messa

Raduno festivo virtuale presso Congrega Maria SS del Sacro Monte di Novi Velia.

Cliccate su questi link per guardare le dirette:

Chiesa Madonna del Carmine – Newark, NJCongrega Maria SS del Sacro Monte di Novi Velia.

New Book — The Tyrants of Syracuse: War in Ancient Sicily Volume I (480–367 BC)

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New Book — The Tyrants of Syracuse: War in Ancient Sicily Volume I (480–367 BC) by Jeff Champion

Publisher: Pen and Sword Military
Publication date: Dec. 19, 2020
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Language: English
Pages: 272

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May 12, 2020

New Kindle Edition — Sicilian Court Culture 1061-1266: The Time Traveler's Guide

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Sicilian Court Culture 1061-1266: The Time Traveler's Guide by Jacqueline Alio and Louis Mendola

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Publication Date: May 6, 2020
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May 11, 2020

May 9, 2020

New Book — Ghosts of the Belle Époque: The History of the Grand Hôtel et des Palmes, Palermo

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Ghosts of the Belle Époque: The History of the Grand Hôtel et des Palmes, Palermo by Andrew Edwards and Suzanne Edwards

Publisher: Tauris Parke
Publication date: June 16, 2020
Hardcover: $29.01
Language: English
Pages: 176

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May 8, 2020

Traditional May 8th Supplica — Petition to the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii

Ave Maria!
The Supplica is a powerful petition invoked twice each year, on May 8th and the first Sunday of October, for the intercession of the Madonna del Rosario di Pompei.

Supplica (Petition to the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii)

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O August Queen of Victories, O Sovereign of Heaven and Earth, at whose name the heavens rejoice and the abyss trembles. O Glorious Queen of the Rosary, we, your devoted children, assembled (on this solemn day*) in your Temple of Pompeii, pour out the affection of our hearts and with filial confidence express our miseries to You.

From the Throne of clemency on which You are seated as Queen, turn, O Mary, your merciful gaze on us, on our families, on Italy, on Europe and on the whole world. Have compassion on the worries and trials which embitter our lives. See, O Mother, how many physical and spiritual dangers and how many calamities and afflictions press upon us.

O Mother, implore the mercy of your Divine Son for us and conquer the hearts of sinners with your benevolence. They are our brothers and your children who cause the heart of our sweet Jesus to bleed and sadden your sensitive Heart. Show us all what You are, the Queen of Peace and of Pardon.

Hail Mary…

It is true that, although we are your children, with our sins we are the first to crucify Jesus again in our hearts and pierce your heart anew.

We confess that we deserve the most severe punishments, but remember that on Golgotha You received, with the Divine Blood, the testament of the dying Saviour, who declared You our Mother, the Mother of sinners. You then, as our Mother, are our Advocate, our Hope. And we raise our pleading hands to You with sighs crying, "Mercy!".

O good Mother, have pity on us, on our souls, on our families, on our relatives, on our friends, on our deceased, especially on our enemies, and on so many who call themselves Christian and yet offend the Heart of your loving Son. We implore mercy for today's misguided Nations, for all Europe, for the whole world, so that, repentant, they may return to your Heart.

Have mercy on us all, O Mother of Mercy!

Hail Mary…

Deign kindly to hear us, O Mary! Jesus has placed in your hands all the treasures of His Grace and His Mercy.

You are seated crowned Queen at the right hand of your Son, resplendent with immortal glory above all Choirs of Angels. You extend your dominion throughout heaven, and earth and all creatures are subject to You.

You are omnipotent by grace and therefore You can help us. Were You not willing to help us because we are ungrateful children and undeserving of your protection, we would not know to whom to turn.

Your Mother’s heart would not allow seeing us, your children, lost. The Infant whom You hold on your lap and the mystical Rosary which we gaze at your hand, inspire confidence in us that You shall hear us. We confide totally in You and abandon ourselves to You, like helpless children into the arms of the tenderest of mothers, and on this very day, we expect from You the longed-for graces.

Hail Mary…

Let us ask for Mary's blessing.

One last favour we ask of You, O Queen, which You cannot deny us (on this very solemn day*). Grant us all your steadfast love and in a special way your maternal blessing.

We shall not leave You until You have blessed us.

Bless, O Mary, at this moment, our Holy Father. To the ancient splendours of your Crown, to the triumphs of your Rosary, whence You are called Queen of Victories, add also this, O Mother: grant the victory of the Faith and give Peace to human Society. Bless our Bishops, Priests and particularly those who work zealously to give honour to your Shrine. Finally, bless all those who are associated with your Temple of Pompeii and all those who cultivate and promote the devotion of the Holy Rosary.

O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet Chain which binds us to God, Bond of love which unites us to the Angels, Tower of salvation against the assaults of hell, safe Haven in the universal shipwreck, we shall never abandon You.

You will be our comfort in the hour of agony. For You is the last kiss of our dying life. And the last word on our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompeii, O Dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted. May You be blessed everywhere, on Earth and in Heaven, today and forever. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen…

(*) Only on the 8th of May and the first Sunday of October.

May 6, 2020

Spiritual Talk on "Saint Francis de Sales: A Saint for Our Times" by Canon Matthew Talarico

Thursday, May 7th at 7PM EST
Canon Matthew Talarico, Knight of Ecclesiastical Grace and Chaplain of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, will be live-streaming a 45 minute spiritual talk on ‘Saint Francis de Sales: A Saint for Our Times’
Canon Talarico’s religious community follows the simple but practical teachings of St. Francis de Sales. Virtually attending this brief presentation is a great way to grow our understanding of the Faith and the Constantinian Order while making good use of being stuck at home.

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May 5, 2020

Photo of the Week: Patronal Shrine in Matera, Basilicata

Patronal shrine to San Francesco di Paola, the Madonna della Bruna,
and Sant’Eustachio Martire in Matera, Basilicata

Photo by Andrew Giordano