June 30, 2020

Congratulations Benevento! Le Streghe Returns to Serie A

With yesterday’s 1-0 victory over Juve Stabia, Benevento Calcio won promotion into Serie A for only the second time in the club’s history. Le Streghe, or the Witches, as they are affectionally known, earned their place in Italy’s top-flight by dominating their opponents with a staggering plus 41 goal differential (GF:56, GA:15). With only seven games remaining, Benevento (76 pts) have a 24-point lead over Crotone (52 pts), the next closest rival. Joining Napoli and (hopefully) Lecce as representatives of the South in the 2020-21 Serie A campaign, we wish them all the best and much success. Forza Benevento!

Missa Cantata for the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in East Harlem, New York

June 29, 2020

Feast of San Pietro and San Paolo

Viva San Pietro e San Paolo!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
June 29th is the Feast Day of San Pietro and San Paolo (Saints Peter and Paul), Apostles and Martyrs. Widely venerated across southern Italy, the saints are the principal patrons of Galatina (LE), Agropoli (SA), Miglionico (MT), Petronà (RC), and Lamezia Terme (CZ), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to St. Peter and St. Paul. The accompanying photo of Saints Peter and Paul by Jusepe de Ribera (Játiva 1591-1652 Naples) was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Prayer to Saint Peter and Saint Paul

O holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, I choose you this day and forever to be my special patrons and advocates; thee, Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles, because thou art the Rock, upon which Almighty God hath built His Church; thee, Saint Paul, because thou wast fore-chosen by God as the Vessel of election and the Preacher of truth in the whole world. Obtain for me, I pray you, lively faith, firm hope, and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, attention in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be able to overcome the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and may be made worthy to appear before the chief and eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth for endless ages, to enjoy His presence and love Him forever. Amen.

Missa Cantata for the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in East Harlem, New York

June 28, 2020

Photo of the Week: Reliquary Bust of Sant’Andrea Apostolo inside the Duomo di Amalfi

Photo by Andrew Giordano

Announcing the 2020 San Marziale Parade in Kulpmont, Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy of the San Marziale Parade – Kulpmont, PA
Sunday, July 12, 2020 @ 1 PM

Church of the Holy Angels
855 Scott Street, Kulpmont, Pennsylvania 17834

Festivities begin with a short procession around the parish with the statue of San Marziale and the Our Boys Band. Afterward, open air Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Andrew.

For more information visit San Marziale Parade – Kulpmont, PA on Facebook

June 27, 2020

Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Ave Maria!
June 27th is the Feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Originating in the Byzantine east, devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help was spread in the west by the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, or Redemptorists. Enshrined over the high altar in the Chiesa di Sant’Alponso di Liguori in Rome, the icon is one of the most recognizable images of Our Lady. Replete with symbolism, many miracles have been attributed to the beautiful icon. In celebration I’m posting a prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The accompanying photo of the Our Our Lady of Perpetual Help bye-altar was taken at the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th St.) in Manhattan.

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your powerful name, the protection of the living and the salvation of the dying. Purest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, Blessed Lady, to rescue me whenever I call on you. In my temptations, in my needs, I will never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary, Mary. What a consolation, what sweetness, what confidence fills my soul when I utter your sacred name or even only think of you! I thank the Lord for having given you so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering your name. Let my love for you prompt me ever to hail you Mother of Perpetual Help. Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me and grant me the favor I confidently ask of you. Amen.

Feast of Sant’Andrea Apostolo

Sant'Andrea, prega per noi
Photo by Andrew Giordano
June 27th is the Feast of Sant’Andrea Apostolo, patron Saint of Amalfi and fishermen. In addition to the liturgical feast celebrated on November 30th, the Amalfitans (and greater Christendom) honor the first Apostle on this day for miraculously saving the Southern Italian coastal city from an attack by the infamous Ottoman corsair Barbarossa in June 1544. According to tradition, as the Saracen marauders approached the city looking to capture slaves and booty, terrified townspeople crowded into Amalfi’s famed Duomo and appealed to their glorious patron for protection. Answering his people’s prayers, the clear blue sky suddenly grew dark and a violent storm hit the dreaded armada, sinking several ships and driving off the rest. In celebration I’m posting a prayer to St. Andrew the Apostle. The accompanying photo of the Fontana di Sant’Andrea was taken in the Piazza del Duomo in Amalfi.

Prayer to St. Andrew the Apostle

O Christ, our Lord, Who didst beautify the most blessed Andrew with the grace of apostleship, and the crown of martyrdom, by granting to him this special gift, that by preaching the mystery of the cross, he should merit death on the cross; grant us to become most true lovers of Thy holy cross, and denying ourselves, to take up our cross and follow Thee; that by sharing Thy sufferings in this life, we may deserve the happiness of obtaining life everlasting. Amen

June 26, 2020

New Book — Mezzogiorno Mistaken: The Top 10 Myths About Southern Italians

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Mezzogiorno Mistaken: The Top 10 Myths About Southern Italians by John De Luca

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Language: English
Pages: 134

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Outdoor Mass for Santa Marina in Inwood, New York

Photo courtesy of the Santa Marina Society of Inwood, New York
Saturday, July 11, 2020 @ 10am—1pm

Our Lady of Good Council Church
68 Wanser Avenue, Inwood, NY 11096

Outdoor Mass in church parking lot. Short procession to follow. Please bring your own folding chairs.

For more information visit the Santa Marina Society of Inwood on Facebook

June 24, 2020

Feast of San Giovanni Battista

Viva San Giovanni!
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
June 24th is the Feast of San Giovanni Battista, or Saint John's Day. In Southern Italy, Saint John's Eve (June 23rd) is traditionally celebrated with bonfires known as Saint John's Fire. The bonfires were part of an ancient purification ritual connected with the June solstice. Sometimes called "Summer Christmas," the Feast is a celebration of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, the herald of Jesus Christ. The church also commemorates his Passion on August 29th. 

As my name day, the Feast has an additional special significance to me. Buon onomastico to my fellow Duosicilicani named Giovanni! 

To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Saint John the Baptist. The accompanying photo of the Battesimo di Cristo by Gerolamo Starace-Franchis (Napoli, notizie dal 1754 al 1783) was taken during my 2010 visit to the Museo Civico di Castel Nuovo in Napoli.
Prayer to Saint John the Baptist
O God, You raised up Saint John the Baptist to prepare a perfect person for Christ. We call upon Saint John's intercession to properly prepare us with a true sense of repentance to receive Your grace and salvation. Make us faithful to truth and justice, as You did Your servant, John the Baptist, herald of Your Son's birth and death. Lord, may You increase Your life within us. Amen.

Around the Web: La Brigantessa by Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli

Reprinted from Calabria: the Other Italy

What’s the next best thing to visiting a place? Reading about it. While I would have loved to have been able to follow through with my Calabria tours this past spring, the lockdown gave me the opportunity to catch up on a few books that had been waiting patiently on my shelf. Amongst them, La Brigantessa by Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli.

La Brigantessa

The book’s dramatic cover sets the tone for this historical novel set in Southern Calabria during the period of Italian Unification. The story takes place in 1862, a tumultuous time, particularly difficult and tragic for the Italian South. For the average visitor to Italy or the casual reader, the Risorgimento can be confusing when one hears of the victories of Giuseppe Garibaldi and sees statues of him up and down the peninsula, but then becomes aware of a negativity clouding the subject. The novel presents the dichotomy between the south’s initial support of Garibaldi and the subsequent delusion with the outcome of the political movement that favored the north. Continue reading

June 23, 2020

Celebrating Saint John’s Eve

San Giovanni, pray for us
“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30)
While the dregs of society continue to burn, loot and destroy, members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith) celebrated the Vigil of the Birthday of St. John the Baptist with a traditional San Giovanni bonfire to ward off evil spirits and honor the light-bearer before Christ.

Customarily a night of betrothal (St. John is invoked for good marriages) and moonlight bathing to help cure spiritual and physical ailments, we simply enjoyed some good company, Lacryma Christi wine and a little ballo di San Giovanni (St. John’s Dance) around the fire.* Evviva San Giovanni!


The prayer and hymn used in our solemn celebration were obtained from catholicculture.org.

Prayer:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.
Lord God, almighty Father, the light that never fails and the source of all light, sanctify + this new fire, and grant that after the darkness of this life we may come unsullied to you who are light eternal; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

The fire is sprinkled with holy water; after which the clergy and the people sing the following Hymn: Ut queant laxis

1. Ut queant laxis resonáre fibris
Mira gestórum fámuli tuórum,
Solve pollúti lábii reátum, Sancte Joánnes. 


2. Núntius celso véniens Olýmpo
Te patri magnum fore nascitúrum,
Nomen, et vitae sériem geréndae
Ordinae promit. 3. Ille promíssi dúbius supérni,
Pérdidit promptae módulos loquélae:
Sed reformásti genitus perémptae
Organa vocis.

4. Ventris obstrúso récubans cubíli
Sénseras Regem thálamo manéntem:
Hinc parens nati méritis utérque Abdita pandit.

5. Sit decus Patri, genitaéque Proli
et tibi, compare utriúsque virtus,
Spíritus semper, Deus unus, omni
Témporis aevo.
Amen.

1. O for your spirit, holy John, to chasten
Lips sin-polluted, fettered tongues to loosen;
So by your children might your deeds of wonder
Meetly be chanted.

2. Lo! a swift herald, from the skies descending,
Bears to your father promise of your greatness;
How he shall name you, what your future story,
Duly revealing.

3. Scarcely believing message so transcendent,
Him for a season power of speech forsaketh,
Till, at your wondrous birth, again returneth,
Voice to the voiceless.

4. You, in your mother's womb all darkly cradled,
Knew your great Monarch, biding in His chamber,
Whence the two parents, through their offspring's merits,
Mysteries uttered.

5. Praise to the Father, to the Son begotten,
And to the Spirit, equal power possessing,
One God whose glory, through the lapse of ages,
Ever resounding.
Amen.

P: There was a man sent from God.
All: Whose name was John.

Let us pray. God, who by reason of the birth of blessed John have made this day praiseworthy, give your people the grace of spiritual joy, and keep the hearts of your faithful fixed on the way that leads to everlasting salvation; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

Prayer Source: Roman Ritual, The, Complete Edition by Philip T. Weller, S.T.D., The Bruce Publishing Company, Milwaukee, WI, 1964


* For more information about the local customs of St. John's vigil in Naples see Becoming Neapolitan: Citizen Culture in Baroque Naples, John A. Marino, John Hopkins University Press, 2011

Feast of Sant'Agrippina di Mineo

Sant'Agrippina, ora pro nobis
June 23rd is the Feast of Sant'Agrippina di Mineo, Virgin and Martyr. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Agrippina. The accompanying photo was taken at St. Leonard's Church during the 2014 Feast of Santa Agrippina in Boston's North End. Boston is home to many descendants of Mineo, Sicily, and they fête their patroness each August with a beautiful Feast in her honor. Evviva Sant'Agrippina!
Prayer to St. Agrippina
O glorious virgin and Martyr Agrippina your cruel executioner bound you to prepare you for martyrdom. Pray for us that our hearts will also be bound always to God's holy love, Let us pray fervently. May devotion to Saint Agrippina Endure for ever. Amen.
* Prayer courtesy of the Saint Agrippina Di Mineo Benefit Society of Boston

Happy Birthday Princess Maria Carolina!

HRH was born in Rome, Italy on June 23, 2003
Photo courtesy of Real Casa di Borbone
Happy Birthday Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Calabria and Palermo! May God's love and affection be with you always! Auguri Altezza Reale!

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in Norwalk, Connecticut

June 22, 2020

Feast of San Paolino di Nola

Viva San Paolino!
June 22nd is the Feast Day of San Paolino (Saint Paulinus), Bishop and Patron of Nola (NA). To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to San Paolino. The accompanying photo was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 
Prayer to San Paolino
O Lord, You made Saint Paulinus renowned for his love of poverty and concern for his people. May we who celebrate his witness to the Gospel imitate his example of love for others. 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.

Photo of the Week: Cristo Re in the Chiesa Madre di S. Maria dell'Olmo, Castelmezzano

Photo by Andrew Giordano

June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day!

My paternal Grandfather
In celebration of Father's Day I'm sharing a poem by Giuseppe Jovine from Dialect Poetry of Southern Italy: Texts and Criticism (A Trilingual Anthology) edited by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas, 1997, p.162.

My Father's Ties

So many ties laid out, tassels and bows
all made of cotton, of light wool or silk,
rose-colored, deep blue or red and black,
hanging inside the closet in neat rows.
Mount Vesuvius's plume of smoke, and the sea
of Margellina on a picture landscape,
then a bridge and a river on a crease
underneath the Pope wearing his skullcap.

At every knot upon those colored neckties
my father's hands blossomed into flowers,
at every knot upon those colored neckties
in a brightly-lit room before a mirror
those hands played music on an instrument.
Now all those neckties with so many colors
seem instruments that lie bereft of sound.

Translated by Luigi Bonaffini

Le cravatte de tata

Quanta cravatte, schiocche e nucchetelle
de seta, de cuttone e de lanetta,
roscie e nere, turchine e rusatelle
appise 'n fila dentr'a la tuletta!
A 'na targhetta lu pennacchie 'e fume
du Vesuvie e lu mare a Margellina,
a nu resvolte nu ponte e nu sciume
sott'a lu Papa che la papalina.

A ogne nude de chille cravatte
ievene sciure le mane de tata,
a ogne nude de chille cravatte
'nnanz'a lu specchie na stanza lucente
sunavene lle mane nu strumente!
Tutte chille cravatte culurate
mò parene struminte senza fiate.

da Lu pavone, 1983

June 20, 2020

Feast of San Silverio

San Silverio, ora pro nobis
O Regem tuum, Pastor ætérne, placátus inténde: et per beátum Sylvérium Mártyrem tuum atque Summum Pontíficem, perpétua protectióne custódi: quem totíus Ecclésiæ præstitísti esse pastórum. Per Dóminum.(1)
June 20th is the Feast Day of San Silverio, Pope, martyr and protector of the island of Ponza. San Silverio is also the co-patron of Frosinone (FR) and Scerni (CH), where he shares his patronage with Sant’Ormisda and San Panfilo di Sulmona, respectively. To commemorate the occasion, I'm posting a Prayer to San Silverio. The accompanying photo was taken during the 2014 Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Evviva San Silverio!

Prayer to San Silverio

O Glorious San Silverio, pastor of the Universal Church and hero of the Faith, you were blessed with the courage to die in witness to Christ and the Gospel. Through your example, may we be filled with the courage to profess our faith in Jesus Christ, and to serve Him with generosity in our neighbor. Amen.
(2)

(1) O Eternal Shepherd, do Thou look favorably upon Thy flock, which we beseech Thee to guard and keep for evermore through the blessed Silverius Thy Martyr and Supreme Pontiff, whom Thou didst choose to be the chief shepherd of the whole Church.

(2) Prayer courtesy of the San Silverio Society of Dover Plains, New York. For more about the society visit http://sansilverioshrine.org

Happy Summer!

Apollo with lyre
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
In celebration of the summer solstice, or midsummer, I would like to share a poem by Vittorio Clemente from Dialect Poetry of Southern Italy: Texts and Criticism (A Trilingual Anthology) edited by Luigi Bonaffini, Legas, 1997, p.38. The accompanying photo of Apollo was taken at The Naples National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli) during my 2010 visit to Napoli. In addition to being the god of music, poetry and prophecy, Apollo was, of course, the god of the sun.
Bliss
Golden days of summer, facing the sun,
facing the sea, delighted, and content.
Days spent eavesdropping on the wind,
mindful of words whispered in secret.

Words I'd unravel; listening, alone,
for the voice of the world, the nothing beyond,
alone, while my nimble heart took flight
for untold trysts and destinations.

Perhaps for the very edge of the world,
where Our Lady of the Mariners
trims white roses in the morning.

And to find myself here, again, eyes
like a boy's, quick and bright, seeing, upon
the lace of waves, roses ride to shore...

(Translated by Anthony Molino)

Requiem Sung Mass in the Dominican Rite in NYC

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
Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman in New York City

June 19, 2020

Virtual Mass for the External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sunday, June 21st at 10:30 a.m., Holy Innocents Church will livestream the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You do not need a Facebook account to do so. https://www.facebook.com/InnocentsNYC/

The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents
128 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
www.shrineofholyinnocents.org

June 18, 2020

Napoli Defeat Juventus in Cup Tie

Graphic courtesy of Gennaro De Crescenzo
Congratulations SSC Napoli for your much deserved victory over bitter rivals Juventus in yesterday’s Coppa Italia Final. Played behind closed doors at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, the southern giants won the prestigious trophy 4-2 on penalties, thanks to goals by Lorenzo Insigne, Matteo Politano, Nikola Maksimovic, and Arek Milik.

While strong defending and phenomenal keeping by Gianluigi Buffon kept the scoreline clean during the match, it was ultimately Napoli’s Alex Meret’s heroics against Paulo Dybala (and a Danilo howler) during the shootout that gave the Partenopei their sixth Coppa Italia victory.*

After a disappointing start to the season under Carlo Ancelotti, new coach Gennaro Gattuso deserves a lot of praise for turning this team around. Still competing in the Champions League and with a lot of ground to make up in Serie A, we expect this great result to help inspire Napoli for the remainder of the season.

More than a brief respite from the ongoing world crises, Napoli’s triumph also symbolically gave us a Bourbon victory over the Savoy, that is to say a Southern victory over the North. Sure, it doesn’t make up for 150 years of colonization, emigration and discrimination, but at the very least for a day we got to stick it to Juve. Forza Napoli Sempre!

* Napoli last won the tournament in 2014 against Fiorentina.

June 17, 2020

Around the Web: Vendée Radio — Mr. Luis Infante Interview: Carlism

Mr. Luis Infante is political secretary of S.A.R. Don Sixto Enrique de Borbón and a prominent figure in the Comunión Tradicionalista (contemporary Carlist movement). In this interview he introduces the great Carlist counter-revolutionary movement specifically to anglophone listeners. He explains its main tenets, the reasons for its longevity and it's past and current defense of Spain and the Catholic city.

Listen to the podcast: Mr. Luis Infante Interview: Carlism

New Books: Stories for the Years

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Stories for the Years by Luigi Pirandello

Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: August 5, 2020
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June 16, 2020

Happy Birthday Princess Beatrice di Borbone!

HRH was born in Saint-Raphaël, France on June 16, 1950
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Il Regno would like to extend our warmest birthday wishes to Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, Dame Grand Cross of Justice and Grand Prefect of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. May God continue to shower you with all the blessings you truly deserve. Auguri Altezza Reale!

June 14, 2020

Compra Sud — La Bottega delle due Sicilie

Let's support those who keep our traditions and folkways alive.

Contact: www.bottega2sicilie.net
www.bottegaborbonica.net
http://stores.ebay.it/bottega2sicilie
e-mail: bottega2sicilie@libero.it

June 11, 2020

Virtual Mass for the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 14th @ 10:30 a.m.

Holy Innocents Church will livestream the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Traditional High Mass in Latin according to the Missal of 1962) that day at 10:30 a.m., followed by the traditional Corpus Christi Procession to 3 Altars with Triple Benediction. Please join us!

PLEASE NOTE WELL: THE CHURCH WILL NOT OPEN THAT DAY AT 10:00 A.M. BUT WILL OPEN AT 12:15 P.M. FOLLOWING THE MASS & PROCESSION

THE SLIGHTLY ADJUSTED PUBLIC SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 14 IS AS FOLLOWS:

12:15 P.M. CHURCH OPENS WITH EXPOSITION AND ADORATION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT UNTIL 6:00 P.M.

12:30 P.M. CONFESSIONS IN THE LOWER CHURCH HALL UNTIL ALL ARE HEARD

The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents
128 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
www.shrineofholyinnocents.org

Announcing the 2020 Feast of San Silverio in Yonkers, New York

www.sansilverioshrine.org

June 9, 2020

New Music — Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Martirio Di Santa Teodosia

Forthcoming music that may be of interest to our readers.

Alessandro Scarlatti: Il Martirio Di Santa Teodosia performed by Thibault Noally and Les Accents

Label: Aparte
Release Date: July 10, 2020
Audio CD: $21.98
Number of Discs: 1

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June 8, 2020

Around the Web: Karen Haid, Author of "Calabria The Other Italy" Featured on "Untold Italy" Podcast

Let’s take a trip to the deep south of Italy. To the toe of the boot where not so many visitors to Italy venture. Such a shame. Calabria is the southern most region on Italy’s mainland and it has a fascinating and ancient past, incredible beaches and beautiful mountains to explore. Guest Karen Haid lived in the region for several years and wrote a book Calabria: The Other Italy about her time there. She joins Untold Italy to share her insider knowledge.

Listen to Episode #024: Getting to Know Calabria the Other Italy

Photo of the Week: Fountain of Neptune in Napoli

The Fontana del Nettuno. Photo by Andrew Giordano

June 6, 2020

Around the Web: A Return to a Sane World: The Manifesto of the Legitimist Alliance

The time would come for the first stroke of the consecrated sword, piercing the darkness like a lightning flash. For this reason individuals have the duty of living in alliance with others, gathering the treasure of a new rule of law… – Ernst Jünger, On the Marble Cliffs (1939)
In the aftermath of the great fratricidal war which tore humanity between the extremes of chaotic anarchy and base inhuman subservience, there emerged men and women of great moral clarity, heroic action, and concern for the future of a world scarred by unspeakable horrors. Offering belief in the rule of the Natural Moral Law as a light to a fragmented and benighted world, these Legitimists provided a compelling vision of the Common Good, and though their work is largely dismissed and abandoned today, it is not forgotten. This manifesto is an invitation to all men of good will to join in an alliance for the preservation of the rule of Natural Law, and the restoration of the state and society in proper relation to it, informed by our perspective sub specie Æternitatis, that we never place our hope for paradise in this world but in Eternity. In this dark and chaotic yet fateful night of modernity let us go forth ensigned by an eight-pointed star, representing the light of our eight fundamental and eternal principles, Authority, Faith, Responsibility, Restoration, Tradition, Truth, Freedom, and Nobility through which we seek the Highest Good and ultimate End of Man in political society. Continue reading

June 2, 2020

New Music: Composers from the Neapolitan School

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

Nicola Porpora: Dalla Reggia di Flora performed by Cristina Grifone and Musica Perduta

Label: Brilliant Classics
Release Date: January 3, 2020
Audio CD: $9.99
Number of Discs: 1

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Francesco Durante: Requiem in G Minor performed by Carlo Centemeri and Astrarium Consort

Label: Brilliant Classics
Release Date: April 3, 2020
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Number of Discs: 1

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Salve Regina: Leo, Pergolesi, Porpora performed by Federica Napoletani and Ensemble Imaginaire

Label: Brilliant Classics
Release Date: April 3, 2020
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Number of Discs: 1

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Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Piano Sonatas 4 performed by Christoph Ullrich

Label: Tacet Records
Release Date: May 8, 2020
Audio CD: $17.15
Number of Discs: 2

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Domenico Cimarosa: Requiem in G Minor performed by Adriana Kucerova

Label: Naxos
Release Date: July 27, 2020
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Number of Discs: 1

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June 1, 2020

Photo of the Week: Palazzo Reale di Napoli

The Royal Palace of Naples. Photo by Andrew Giordano