July 31, 2020

New Music — La Ville Joyeuse: The City Of Naples In French Piano Music

New music that may be of interest to our readers.

La Ville Joyeuse: The City Of Naples In French Piano Music performed by Daniele Adornetto

Label: Da Vinci Classics
Release Date: July 10, 2020
Audio CD: $NA
Number of Discs: 1

Available at Amazon.com

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Missa Cantata for the 9th Sunday After Pentecost & the Feast of Our Lady, Queen of Angels in East Harlem, NY

July 30, 2020

Meridiunalata XX: 'Ncuorp’’o Caudo D’’A Notte' di Cav. Charles Sant'Elia | 'Inside The Warmth of the Night' by Cav. Charles Sant'Elia

Reprinted from Cav. Charles Sant'Elia's Meridiunalata / Southernade, an evocative bilingual (Neapolitan / English) collection of poetry written between 1989 and 2010. *

Ncuorp’’o Caudo D’’A Notte

Ncuorp’’o caudo d’’a notte
Se ne traseva ‘o friddo
‘E sta luna nova.
Niente s’è smuóppeto.
‘O graro de l’autare
Nce aspettava,
Nu puojo sulagno
Mmiez’’e parole
Ca sagliéveno a cefrone
Addò ghiéveno jéveno.
Ammarrávemo ‘e feneste
Int’’o sbacante,
Ogne lagnanza d’ammore
Scordata e passata
Se steva zitta.
Era ‘o tiempo d’’e canzone nove,
‘O dimane c’’a’ fine
Era venuta mbracci’a nuje.

Inside The Warmth of the Night

Inside the warmth of the night
The cold of this new moon
Was entering.
Nothing moved.
The step of the altar
Was awaiting us,
A solitary ledge
Between the words
That were rising up like chevrons
Wherever they went.
We shuttered the windows
In the void,
Every complaint of love
Forgotten and passed
It was quiet.
It was the time of new songs,
The tomorrow that in the end
Had come into our arms.

* Self-published in 2010, Meridiunalata/Southernade is a treasury of poems gleaned from Cav. Sant'Elia's previous collections (Nchiuso dint''o presente, 'A cuntrora, and 'O pino e l'éllera), which were circulated among friends in New York City and Naples. Special thanks to Cav. Sant'Elia for allowing us to reprint his poetry and translations.

Latin Missa Cantata for the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in East Harlem, New York

July 29, 2020

Portiuncula Indulgence for the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels (August 2nd)

Ave Maria
From noon of August 1st until midnight of August 2nd the faithful can gain a plenary indulgence applicable to themselves or the Souls in Purgatory under the usual conditions:

1. Be in the state of grace.
2. Confession (8 days before or after).
3. Holy Communion.
4. Prayers for the intention of the Pope (Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be.)
5. And by visiting a cathedral, any parish church or a Franciscan church and there praying one Our Father and the Creed.

The Portiuncula is a small church located in a little town situated about three quarters of a mile from Assisi and is officially known as Santa Maria degli Angeli.

Source: The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 W 37th St., NYC) July 26, 2020 bulletin

The accompanying photo of Our Lady of the Angels was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn before the 2017 renovation.

Announcing the 106th Annual Mass in Honor of St. Agrippina di Mineo in Boston, Massachusetts

July 28, 2020

Feast of Santi Martiri Nazario and Celso

St. Nazarius, Ora pro nobis
July 28th is the Feast of the Martyrs San Nazario and San Celso (Nazarius and Celsus), patron saints of Trivento (CB) in Molise and Frignano (CE) in Campania.

According to tradition, San Nazario was born in Rome to a well-to-do family; his father was a pagan (or Jewish) legionnaire and his mother was none other than St. Perpetua. Baptized by the future Pope St. Linus, he was a devout disciple of St. Peter.

Determined to spread the faith and save souls, San Nazario left the Eternal City and visited northern Italy and Gaul. Along his travels, young Celso was entrusted to Nazario and faithfully served as his assistant during his evangelizing mission.

Repeatedly running afoul with the pagan authorities, the companions were subjected to several tortures. Most famously, the two were to be drowned and cast overboard along the Ligurian coast. Instead of sinking, they miraculously stood up and walked on water. Suddenly a great storm whipped-up and the sailors begged Nazario and Celso to save them. Showing mercy to the would-be executioners, they safely sailed back to Genoa and continued their missionary work.

Nazario and Celso eventually went to their reward in Heaven during the reign of Emperor Nero. Around the year 56 they were beheaded for preaching in Milan. Centuries later, their uncorrupted bodies, including a vial of San Nazario’s blood, were discovered in a garden by St. Ambrose. Interred in the Basilica Apostolorum (eventually renamed San Nazaro in Brolo), St. Ambrose would later send relics of the saints to St. Paulinus in Nola, who greatly revered them.

In celebration I’m posting a prayer to San Nazario and San Celso in Italian. The accompanying photo of San Nazario was taken at Saint Lucy’s Church in Newark, New Jersey.


A Santi Nazario e Celso

Gloriosissimi Martiri ed Apostoli di Gesù. Santi Nazario e Celso, che con animo invitto e singolare carità ci avete illuminato a conoscere il vero Dio e ci avete ammaestrato nella fede e nella religione di N. S. Gesù Cristo, fonte di vera civiltà e salvezza, venite in nostro aiuto e degnatevi di intercedere per noi. Ottenete ai pusillanimi vigoria di cristiana virtù e vivezza di fede, ai peccatori una vera contrizione delle loro colpe, ai giusti la finale perseveranza. Ascoltate le preghiere di chi ricorre al vostro valevole patrocinio e siate voi gli Angeli tutelari delle nostre famiglie. Deh fate, o invitti Martiri del Signore, che non venga meno nei nostri cuori la fede e l'amore a Gesù Cristo; che fermi ci manteniamo nel divino servizio e possiamo un giorno essere coronati con Voi nel S. Paradiso. Così sia.

Celebrating the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost and the Feast of St. Anne

Sant'Anna, ora pro nobis
Remember, Saint Anne, never was it said that anyone who sought your assistance was left unaided. For you are indeed a most merciful mother, who tends to all our needs. Since you are the mother of the Queen of Heaven and our Savior’s grandmother, I implore you to obtain from Jesus, through your Immaculate Daughter, the favors I stand in need of. Amen.  ~ Memorare to St. Anne
Sunday morning members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith) gathered at the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th St.) in Manhattan for both the 9:00 am Tridentine Low Mass and the 10:30 am Tridentine High Mass for the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost and the Feast of St. Anne. Our Pastor Fr. James Miara was the Celebrant at both.

Following imposed social distancing guidelines, we were able to get our regular seats on St. Joseph's side of the altar (i.e. the right side) for the early Mass, but as more people arrived for the second one we moved up to the balcony to make room for the elderly, handicapped, and families with children. To be clear (since someone inquired), whenever we attend multiple Masses in a day we never receive Communion twice. Personally, I prefer to receive during the Low Mass because I don't want to wait, the lines are shorter and, you never know, I may not make it to the second Mass.

Speaking of Communion, during the Low Mass we had the great joy of witnessing a young girl make her First Holy Communion. Seven or eight years-old, holding a lit candle and dressed in white with a veil, she kneeled at the altar rail and received on the tongue. Congratulations to her and her family, we wish and pray you continue to grow in the grace of God.

After the High Mass the congregation finished the novena devotions with the Memorare to St. Anne, An Act of Consecration to St. Anne, and Invocations. This was followed by a solemn Candlelight Procession around the nave with a statue, ombrellino and the Blessed Sacrament. The celebration concluded with a Benediction with the relic of the True Cross.

Normally we would meet up with our friends at the Monte San Giacomo Society and attend the Feast of St. Ann in Hoboken, New Jersey, but since the procession and other festivities were cancelled, thanks to Covid-19's uncanny ability to target only peaceful gatherings, we had a low-key luncheon with family and friends instead.

Evviva Sant’Anna!

~ Giovanni di Napoli, July 27th, Feast of San Pantaleone Martire

July 27, 2020

Feast of San Pantaleone

The Martyrdom of San Pantaleone
(1638) by Gerolamo Imperiali
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

July 27th is the feast of San Pantaleone, doctor, miracle worker and martyr. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, he is the principal patron of Ravello (SA), Vallo della Lucania (SA), Serrata (RC), Papanice (KR), and Montauro (CZ), among others. According to tradition, the Christian physician was beheaded during the Diocletian persecutions in Nicomedia (c. 305), and that a woman collected his spilled blood. The ampulla containing the saint's coagulated blood reached Ravello in the eleventh-century after a storm at sea miraculously transported the Basilian monks safeguarding the phial from the East to the Amalfi Coast. It is believed the relic chose the town for shelter. In commemoration I’m posting an ancient prayer to San Pantaleone.
Prayer to San Pantaleone 
O San Pantaleone di Ravello, protector and advocate, pray to our God that frees us from sins, hunger, plague, wars and great chastisements in this world; save us out of pity! Our fate be blessed to have you as a protector. Let us have a good death our always defender. Amen.
In honor of the martyr, I would also like to share a few photos taken during my 2010 pilgrimage to beautiful Ravello and its fabulous Duomo, home to the saint's relic. Continue reading

Photo of the Week: The Cappella di San Pantaleone, Duomo di Ravello

The Cappella di San Pantaleone, Duomo di Ravello, Salerno
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

July 26, 2020

Feast of Sant’Anna

Evviva Sant’Anna!
July 26th is the Feast Day of Saint Ann, mother of Mary, patroness of housewives, pregnant women, mothers and grandmothers. Widely venerated across southern Italy, she is the principal patron of Caserta (CA), Monte San Giacomo (SA), Ischia Ponte (NA), Bacoli (NA), Lettere (NA), Boscotrecase (NA), and Vernole (LE), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Ann. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Andrew Avellino Roman Catholic Church (35-60 158th Street) in Flushing, Queens, New York.
Prayer to Saint Ann
Good Saint Ann, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior. By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek. Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

A Prayer in Memory of Blessed Fr. Jacques Hamel

Born Nov. 30, 1930 — Martyred July 26, 2016
Blessed be the Martyrs, who through their sacrifice, give glory to the Most High God! Blessed be the blood they shed, uniting them with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ! May the Martyrs be welcomed into the Heavenly Kingdom. Blessed be God, who gives courage to all men! May we, too, finish the race and not lose our souls. Blessed be the families of Martyrs, whose hearts have been pierced with sadness. May they be comforted by the Holy Spirit. Blessed be the witness of the Martyrs! May their courage confound the darkness and lead souls to Christ! Blessed be the courage of the Martyrs! May their example embolden and prepare the hearts of others who will soon face their mortality. Blessed be the Martyrs, now and forever! Blessed be God, now and forever! Amen.

Announcing the 132nd Annual Candlelight Procession for the Feast of Our Lady of the Snow in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Ave Maria
This Monday, July 27th, is the Candlelight Procession for the Feast of Our Lady of the Snow. Given the current events surrounding Covid-19, this years version will be modified to be in accordance with state and local guidelines.

This year, only officers will be allowed inside the Society Hall to prepare for our procession. We ask those who wish to partake in the procession to wait outside at 6:45PM. Please note that masks and social distancing are required during the procession. At 7PM, 4 officers will take Our Lady down and we will march to St. Francis of Paola Church for our 8PM Novena. The church will only allow limited patrons in and masks and social distancing are required when inside.

After the Novena, we will take Our Lady back to the Society Hall and the evening will be over. We will be streaming videos of the events for those who are not able to attend.

We apologize for any inconvenience and for acting on such short notice. We will keep you updated with any changes. God Bless you all.

For more information visit the Our Lady of Snow Society on Facebook

Our Lady of the Snow Hall
410 Graham Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

St. Francis of Paola Church
219 Conselyea Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

July 25, 2020

Feast of San Giacomo il Maggiore

Viva San Giacomo! 
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
July 25th is the Feast Day of San Giacomo Apostolo (Saint James the Apostle), also called James the Greater, son of Zebedee, to distinguish him from James the Lesser, son of Alphaeus. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Monte San Giacomo (SA), Calvizzano (NA), Casalnuovo di Napoli (NA), Cicala (CZ), Fuscaldo (CS), Pietrapertosa (PZ), and Roccamandolfi (IS), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Saint James the Apostle. The accompanying photo was taken at Saint Ann's Church in Hoboken, New Jersey during the 2014 Feast of Saint Ann in which members of the Monte San Giacomo Society participated.

Prayer to Saint James the Apostle

O glorious Apostle, St. James, who by reason of thy fervent and generous heart was chosen by Jesus to be a witness of His glory on Mount Tabor, and of His agony in Gethsemane; thou, whose very name is a symbol of warfare and victory: obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending warfare of this life, that, having constantly and generously followed Jesus, we may be victors in the strife and deserve to receive the victor's crown in heaven. Amen.

Feast of San Cristoforo Martire

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
July 25th is the Feast Day of San Cristoforo Martire (St. Christopher the Martyr), patron saint of pilgrims and travelers. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, San Cristoforo is invoked against storms and the plague. Widely venerated across southern Italy, he is the principal patron of Ricigliano (SA), San Cristoforo (SA), Moscufo (PE), Valguarnera Caropepe (EN), and Giuggianello (LE), among others. In celebration I’m posting a prayer to St. Christopher. The accompanying photo of Saint Christopher carrying the Christ Child across a river is a small bas-relief over a doorway on Carroll Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Viva San Cristoforo!
Prayer to St. Christopher
Dear Saint Christopher, protect me today in all my travels along the road's way. Give your warning sign if danger is near so that I may stop while the path is clear. Be at my window and direct me through when the vision blurs from out of the blue. Carry me safely to my destined place, like you carried Christ in your close embrace. Amen.

Congratulations Crotone! I Squali Returns to Serie A

F.C. Crotone secured promotion to Serie A yesterday with a 5-1 victory over A.S. Livorno Calcio. I Squali, or the Sharks, as they are affectionally known, will join Napoli and Benevento next season in Italy's top-flight football league as representatives of the South. We wish them all the best and much success. Forza Crotone!

July 24, 2020

Celebrating the Feasts of the Bl. Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara & Bl. María Mercè of the Sacred Heart

Monastery of the Precious Blood, Borough Park, Brooklyn
24 July, feast of the Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara, gunned down by Republicans on this day in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. Holy, humble women killed for their love of Christ & his Church. In the difficulties we face today, may we emulate their fidelity & heroism ~ Fr. John S. Hogan, ocds (Twitter)
July 24th is the feast of Blessed María Mercè of the Sacred Heart, Virgin: Catalan orphan, Teresian nun, school-teacher, and martyr of the Spanish Civil War—murdered by the Reds at Barcelona on this day in 1936. ~ Tradical (Twitter)
Earlier today, in celebration of the Feasts of the Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara, Spain and Blessed María Mercè of the Sacred Heart, I repeated the penitential pilgrimage I made last week in memory of the Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne. Beginning and ending at the Monastery of the Precious Blood (5400 Fort Hamilton Pkwy.) in Borough Park, Brooklyn, I took the same route to Visitation Monastery (8902 Ridge Blvd.) in Bay Ridge, returning with brief stops at St. Anselm RC Church (356 82nd St.), St. Ephrem RC Church (929 Bay Ridge Pkwy.) and Leif Ericson Park. Neither the rain or heat kept me from completing the walk.
I recently learned the famed Norse explorer was a Roman Catholic
Praying fifteen decades of the Holy Rosary and my private devotions (e.g. the novena to St. Ann), I included a couple of prayers to the Blessed Martyrs I found online.
Blessed Maria Mercedes
Prayer to Blessed María Mercè of the Sacred Heart (1) 
God of infinite goodness, You gave Blessed Maria Mercedes, virgin, the courage to bring to fullness in martyrdom her offering to You and to the Church. Grant us, through her intercession, the grace to be so firmly rooted in the love of Christ that nothing can ever separate us from this love. Grant 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
The Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara, Spain
Blessed Maria Pilar, Teresa of the Child Jesus, and Maria Angeles
Prayer for the Canonization the Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara (2) 
O most loving Jesus who accepted the offer that your faithful Servants Blessed Maria Pilar, Teresa and María Ángeles made of their lives, realizing the ardent desires they had to shed their blood for the triumph of your universal Reign! For the glory they gave you proclaiming your royalty and forgiving their enemies, make all hearts submit to the sweet empire of your love and that the gifts of reconciliation and peace always shine among men and in peoples. 
Grant us the canonization of the Blessed and their ardor in the fulfillment of your Holy Will and help us with the special graces that we now ask of you through their intercession. Amen.
Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary
outside St. Ephrem RC Church
Thus far America has not regressed to the shameful anti-Catholicism of its recent past, let alone emulate the violence and depravity of the French Revolution or Spanish Civil War, but with the changing mood (i.e the dumbing down) of the populace and the disturbing “uptick” in anti-Catholic incidents taking place around the country, I can’t help but think we Traditional Catholics are fast approaching days of outright religious persecution. The less than admirable response to these incidents from the clergy and the appalling apathy of the laity in general, not to mention the open hostility from corrupt politicians and the Fourth Estate, has only added to my apprehension. If and when that day arrives, I pray, through their intercession, I can face the challenge with the same fidelity and heroism as these holy women.
Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara, ora pro nobis.
Blessed María Mercè of the Sacred Heart, ora pro nobis.
~ Giovanni di Napoli, July 24, Feasts of the Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara and Blessed María Mercè of the Sacred Heart 

Addendum: I later learned that July 24th is also the Feast of Blessed Xavier Piferer Bordas, a Salesian priest murdered during the Spanish Civil War. Blessed Xavier Bordas, ora pro nobis.
(1) Source for the Prayer to Blessed María Mercè of the Sacred Heart: www.ocarm.org
(2) Source for the Prayer to the Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Guadalajara: www.martiresdeguadalajara.net

Meridiunalata XIX: 'Nun se po’ ‘sta luntano' di Pino Rispo | 'One Can't Stay Far Away' by Pino Rispo

The Glorious Bay of Naples, photo by New York Scugnizzo
In this installment Meridiunalata, a bilingual offering of Duosiciliano poetry, we're featuring the Neapolitan poetry of Pino Rispo D.R.

Nun se po’ ‘sta luntano
Di Pino Rispo

Aggia campá luntano
Ma nun ce ‘a faccio
Aggia sunná a te ‘o saccio
Ogne notte sí sempe chella
Tutt’’e notte sí unica e sempe bella
Quanta storie ‘ncuolle a te
‘A gente parlano male senza sapé

Sé sbagliava Francesco....
Ce sò rimaste ll’uocchie p’’e chiagnere...
Ma quanti ‘nfame
Ca fanno fint’’e niente
Ma quanne staje luntane...
Vulisse vulá ‘miez’’o viento
Quanne staje fora capisci..
Che tte manca…
Tanno ddato ‘nata storia
Pò he saputo chella vera
E liegge liegge e maje te stanca…

Pò tien’’a chille ca sò fedele
E te vonno ‘nu mar’’e bbene
Invece po’ chille ca venenen’’a fora
Pa’ priezza vulessene tuccá
‘Stu cielo cu’’e mmane....
Cara Napule...
Stá arrivann’’o ghiuorno
Tutte ‘nzieme avimme accunciá
Chesta storia
P’’e chest’’antica patria
Turnará ‘a gloria!!

One Can't Stay Far Away
By Pino Rispo

I have to live far away
But I can’t manage it
I have to dream of you I know
Every night you’re the one
Every night you’re unique and always beautiful
How many stories heaped on you
People speak ill without knowing

[King] Francis was wrong....
You’re eyes are left to cry...
But how many infamous people
Pretend nothing is wrong
But when you’re far away...
You’d like to fly through the air
When you’re abroad you understand...
What you miss…
They gave you another history

Then you learned the real one
And you read and read and never get tired...
Then you’ll have those who are faithful
And who wish you a sea of love
While those who come from abroad
For joy they’d like to touch
This sky with their hands....
Dear Naples...
The day is coming
All together we have to set this history
For this ancient homeland
Glory shall return!!

Translated by Cav. Sant'Elia

* King Francis II of the Two Sicilies, upon going into exile in 1860 to end further bloodshed, famously observed the violence and ransacking against civilians that ensued, and said that the cruel new rulers who occupied his kingdom by force “will not even leave you your eyes to cry with”.

Votive Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in East Harlem, New York

July 22, 2020

Feast of Santa Maria Maddalena

Viva Santa Maria Maddalena!
July 22nd is the Feast Day of Santa Maria Maddalena (St. Mary Magdalene), patroness of penitents. Widely venerated across southern Italy, she is the principal patron of Atrani (SA), Bonifati (CZ), Ischia (NA), Spinoso (PZ), and Uggiano la Chiesa (LE), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a prayer to St. Mary Magdalene. The accompanying photo of The Penitent Magdalene by Corrado Giaquinto was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. 
Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene
Saint Mary Magdalene, woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love. You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence, please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy. Amen.

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost & Commemoration of the Feast of St. Anne in East Harlem, New York

July 21, 2020

Feast of San Lorenzo da Brindisi

Viva San Lorenzo!
July 21st is the Feast Day of San Lorenzo da Brindisi, Apostolic Doctor of the Church. Born Giulio Cesare Russo (1559), he joined the Capuchins at the age of sixteen, taking the name Lorenzo. He excelled in theology and philosophy, and had a gift for languages, including Hebrew. Famous for his ecstatic sermons, his tears were often blotted up and used to cure the sick. While in Germany to establish Capuchin convents, Saint Lorenzo was made the chief chaplain of the Imperial Army. Crucifix in hand, he is credited with leading the severely outnumbered Christian forces to victory against the Ottoman Turks during the Battle of Székesfehérvár in Hungary (1601). An adept negotiator, the Popes often employed him in settling disputes between Christian Monarchs. Saint Lorenzo died in Lisbon on July 22, 1619 after the completion of his final diplomatic mission. At the behest of the people of Naples, he secured from King Philip III of Spain the dismissal of the oppressive Viceroy Don Pedro Téllez de Girón, 3rd Duke of Osuna. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer in Honor of Saint Lawrence. The accompanying photo of The Glory of Saint Lawrence of Brindisi comes courtesy of Il Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali.
Prayer to Saint Lawrence
Lord, for the glory of your name and the salvation of souls gave Lawrence of Brindisi courage and right judgement. By prayers help us to know what we should do and give us the courage to do it. 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

Celebrating the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost and Solemn Novena to Good St. Anne in New York City

Sant'Anna, ora pro nobis
St. Anne, instrument of the Holy Ghost, mother of confidence, vessel of sanctity, merciful mother, comfortress of afflicted, help of the poor, protectress of virgins, support of the oppressed, refuge of thy clients, Pray for us!
For nine consecutive nights (July 18th-26th) the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th St.) in New York City will celebrate Traditional Latin Mass, Novena prayers and candlelight procession in honor of Good St. Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grandmother of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Feast of St. Anne will be celebrated on Sunday, July 26th at 10:30AM with a Traditional Latin High Mass and candlelight procession. Reserve a seat at Holy Innocents Mass Reservation.

Photos from Sunday’s candlelight procession courtesy of Andrew Giordano.

(Above & below) The candlelight procession circles the nave three times
Vigil candles were available for purchase

First Annual Soul of the Apostolate Online Conference

The First Annual Soul of the Apostolate Online Conference will make its debut this coming weekend – July 24-27, 2020. Some of the major speakers at this conference will be Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Bishop Joseph Strickland, Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Dom Alcuin Reid, Sam Guzman, and Dr. Ralph Martin.

This conference is being run by a new organization called Souls of the Christian Apostolate (SOCA – https://socapostolate.org), whose goal is to help form the laity both young and old in the constant teaching of the Church regarding the Interior Life and the Call to Holiness as taught by the saints, doctors, and mystics.

Only saints can sanctify the Church and convert the world. The goal of this conference is to provide practical instruction for the faithful:

• Prepare For Judgment
• Become A Saint
• Sanctify the Church
• Convert the World

Register now for The Soul of the Apostolate free online conference and free formation repository opening July 24th 2020: https://soca.mykajabi.com/a/30485/bhC5Qwqb

Source: The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny

July 20, 2020

Feast of Santa Margherita di Antiochia

Evviva Santa Margherita! 
Photo courtesy of Marilena Giovanna
July 20th is the Feast of Saint Margaret of Antioch (Santa Margherita di Antiochia), virgin and martyr. She is the patroness of farmers, nurses and pregnant women. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, St. Margaret is invoked against infertility and for safe childbirth. Widely venerated around southern Italy, she is the principal patron of Pozzillo (CT), Licodia Eubea (CT), Latiano (BR), Cappadoci (AQ), Pettorano Sul Gizio (AQ), Castelluccio Superiore (PZ), and Villamagna (CH), among others. In addition to the martyr’s palm, she is often depicted with a dragon. According to legend, the Devil in the guise of a great serpent appeared before Margaret to tempt and deceive her. Instead of succumbing to his treachery she simply made the sign of the cross and sent the fiend packing, recoiling in pain. Other versions of the story say she was swallowed whole by a dragon. Pressing her cross against the creature’s stomach she emerged unharmed, thus her association with pregnancies and labor. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Margaret. The accompanying photo was taken at the Parish of S. Margherita e S. Nicola del Pumpulo in Pastena, Salerno.
Prayer to Saint Margaret of Antioch
O God, grant us through the intercession of Thy holy virgin and martyr Margaret, undauntedly to confess the Faith, carefully to observe the chastity of our state of life, and to overcome the temptations of the world, the devil, and the flesh, and thereby escape the punishments of eternal damnation. Amen

Feast of Sant’Elia Profeta

Viva Sant'Elia!
July 20th is the Feast Day of Sant’Elia Profeta (St. Elijah the Prophet), miracle worker and Father of the Carmelites. Patron saint of aviators he is the principle protector of Sant'Elia a Pianisi (CB), Buonabitacolo (SA), Maschito (PZ), Sperone (AV), and Peschici (FG), among others. In commemoration I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Elijah. The accompanying photo of Sant'Elia smiting the false prophets of Baal was taken at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church rectory in Newark, New Jersey.
Prayer to Saint Elijah 
O glorious St. Elijah, ever a mirror of sanctity and justice, while living in this valley of tears, obtain for us of God the grace to be your followers on earth, that we may one day be partakers with you in the everlasting glory in heaven. O great Patriarch of the Order of Mount Carmel, teacher of God's people and the defender of their Faith, disperse, we entreat you, the darkness of our intellect, obscured by our evil passions, and preserve in our hearts the Faith which is kept living by works of charity. O holy Patriarch of the Most high, taken into heaven in a chariot of fire, and who shall be the precursor of Christ, when He shall come in the splendor of his infinite majesty to judge the living and the dead, pray for us, that loving Him and sincerely serving Him on earth, we may have the great happiness of loving Him for all eternity in the blessed kingdom of heaven. Amen.

July 19, 2020

A Prayer for Nantes

St. Rogatien, courtesy of the Cathédrale
Sainte-Pierre et Saint-Paul de Nantes
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France following the July 18th arson attack on historic Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul Cathedral in Nantes. It seems the vile spirit of Jean-Baptiste Carrier lives, as attacks against the Eldest Daughter of the Church continue unabated. May Saints Peter and Paul, and the Holy Martyrs Donatien and Rogatien watch over you.

Prayer to Sts. Peter and Paul for the Holy Catholic Church

Defend, O Lord, thy servants, we beseech thee, from all dangers both of body and soul; and, by the intercession of the blessed and glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, of the blessed Martyrs Donatien and Rogatien, and of all thy saints, mercifully grant us the blessings of peace and safety; that all adversities and errors being removed, thy Church may freely and securely serve thee; through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Celebrating the Feast of the Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne in Brooklyn, New York

Monastery of the Precious Blood, Borough Park, Brooklyn
Simple women living a hidden life of prayer & sacrifice were correctly understood by the Revolutionaries to be the greatest threat. When you make God your enemy, servants of prayer are dangerous, they can achieve a counterrevolution through oblation. Remember that, friends: pray! ~ Fr. John S. Hogan, ocds
Inspired by a tweet by Fr. John S. Hogan, I made a round trip pilgrimage Friday afternoon in honor of the Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne, sixteen nuns executed on July 17, 1794 during the Reign of Terror in France. Starting from the Monastery of the Precious Blood (5400 Fort Hamilton Pkwy.) in Borough Park, Brooklyn, I made my way to Visitation Monastery (8902 Ridge Blvd.) in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, then back again. It was approximately five miles long.
Armed with scapular and Rosary, I chose to start and end the pilgrimage at Precious Blood Monastery because the month of July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord. Additionally, it is also home to the Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood and the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, a contemplative community under the patronage of St. Edith Stein (1891-1942), a discalced Carmelite nun and Martyr.
Seeing as it was the second day of the Novena, I thought it would be appropriate to begin the pilgrimage with a prayer to San Giacomo.
St. James, We come to you in eager pilgrimage. We come as part of a great throng of pilgrims who through the centuries have come to this place, where you are pilgrim and host, apostle and patron. We come to you today because we are on a common journey. Place yourself, patron of pilgrims, at the head of our pilgrimage. Teach us, apostle and friend of the Lord, the Way which leads to him. Open us, preacher of the Gospel, to the Truth you learned from your Master’s lips. Give us, witness of the faith, the strength always to love the Life Christ gives. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
McKinley Park, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
Briefly stopping for shade and prayer at McKinley Park, St. Ephrem RC Church (929 Bay Ridge Pkwy.), and St. Anselm RC Church (356 82nd St.), the plan was to pray the traditional fifteen decades of the Holy Rosary, a few private devotions (e.g. novena to the Infant of Prague), and special intentions for our brethren under siege in St. Louis, California, and elsewhere. Having made good time, I decided to extend the penitential excursion an additional half-mile to include nearby St. Patrick RC Church (9511 4th Ave.) in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Crucifix outside St. Anselm RC Church, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Unfortunately, due to the spontaneity of the walk, none of my confratelli were able to join me. Though interested, they understandably wished I gave them a little more notice. Depending on what happens in the coming months with the pandemic and the inane politics surrounding it, they just may get their wish because I plan on doing a second pilgrimage on Wednesday, November 18th for the Feast of the Seven Martyrs of Madrid who were executed by anarchists in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. This time however, I will reverse the route, beginning and ending at Visitation Monastery, because the martyrs were members of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary and an image of the seven nuns is on display inside the church.
Visitation Monastery, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
A time of upheaval and confusion, the recent spate of anti-Catholic attacks around the country has inspired me to step-up my daily prayer routine and do more. While we cannot sit idly bye and tolerate the desecration of sacred images, church arson, and the increasing violent assaults against catholics, we must be mindful not to stoop to the level of the enemy. Reminiscent of Joseph de Maistre’s (1753-1821) often quoted maxim, “What is needed is not a revolution in the opposite direction, but the opposite of a revolution,” Fr. Hogan has wisely pointed out, the enemy fears and hates us, and the best way to achieve counterrevolution is through oblation. 
~ Giovanni di Napoli, July 18, Feast of St. Camillus de Lellis

Image of the Seven Martyrs of Madrid inside Visitation Monastery
Our Lady of Lourdes shrine outside St. Patrick Church

Photo of the Week: Votive Wall Shrine to Our Lady Help of Christians in Piazza Bellini, Naples

Photo by Andrew Giordano

July 18, 2020

Feast of San Camillo de Lellis

Viva San Camillo!
July 18th is the Feast Day of San Camillo de Lellis (St. Camillus of Lellis), Confessor and founder of the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm. Patron saint of nurses, physicians, hospitals and the sick, San Camillo is also the protector of the Region of Abruzzo and his native Bucchianico in Chieti. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to St. Camillus of Lellis. The image of San Camillo in Gloria comes courtesy of the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm.
Prayer to Saint Camillus of Lellis
Most wonderful Saint, your compassion for the sick and the dying led you to found the Servants of the Sick. As Patron of nurses and hospital workers, infuse in them your compassionate spirit. Make hospitals resemble the inn in Christ’s Parable to which the Good Samaritan brought the wounded man saying: “Take care of him and I will repay you for it.” Amen.

Evening of Reparation on Long Island for Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene at the feet of Jesus
from St. Monica Church, New York
Fr. John Wachowicz will be coming back to St. Francis of Assisi Church in Greenlawn (29 Clay Pitts Road, Long Island) for an evening of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a traditional sung Latin Mass for the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the prototype of the repentant adorer of Jesus.

On Wednesday, July 22, from 6:30 to 7:30, there will be a Holy Hour of Reparation to the Sacred Heart, with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Fr. John will be available for confession during the Holy Hour. Mass will follow at about 7:40. The miraculous Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be present and will stay for veneration after Mass. She is also available for events in or outside your churches, Rosary walks, home and hospital visits, etc. Please text Jane Schiano Wigatow at 631-827-2510 if you are interested or have an idea for her.

St. Francis Church has reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus every Wednesday from 630-730 pm. Sadly, attendance at this, which has been going on for about 40 years, has dwindled just at the time when we need it the most! The Blessed Sacrament is usually exposed, and beautiful prayers of reparation for sin are offered.

July 17, 2020

Feast of Santa Marina Vergine

Evviva Santa Marina!
July 17th is the Feast of Santa Marina, virgin of Bitinia (Bithynia). Widely venerated throughout southern Italy, she is the principal patroness of Filandari (VV), Polistena (RC), Casole Bruzio (CS), Ruggiano (LE), Santa Marina Salina (ME), Santa Marina di Milazzo (ME), and Cumia Inferiore (ME), among others. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to Santa Marina. The accompanying photo was taken at the 2014 Feast of Santa Marina in Inwood, Long Island.
Preghiera a Santa Marina
Salve, o Marina vergine
che avvinta al Redentore
soffristi il disonore
con tacito pudor.

Di santo ardore sfolgora
il nostro cuore triste
che per amor di Cristo
sopporti ognor dolor.

Pura innocente vergine
per gli altri penitenti
con la tua fiamma ardente
purgasti L'altrui error.

Sia gloria nell'empireo
al santo Genitore
al Figlio e all'Amore
in cielo, in terra ognor.

Announcing the 9th Annual Traditional Latin Mass Pilgrimage in East Harlem, New York

July 16, 2020

Feast of the Madonna del Carmine

Viva Maria!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
July 16th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Queen of Naples and Patroness of the Carmelite Order. To commemorate the occasion I'm posting a Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The accompanying photo of the miraculous statue of the Madonna del Carmine was taken at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Pontifical Shrine in East Harlem, New York.
Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Most blessed and immaculate Virgin, ornament and splendor of Mount Carmel, thou who regardest with particular goodness those who wear thy scapular, benignly look upon me also, and cover me with the mantle of thy maternal protection. Fortify my weakness with thy strength, illuminate the darkness of my mind with thy wisdom, increase Faith, Hope and Charity within me, adorn my soul with such graces and virtues that it may be always precious to thee and thy divine Son; assist me in life, console me at the hour of death with thy most loving presence and present me to the most august Trinity as thy son and devout servant, to eternally praise and bless thee in heaven. Amen.

July 15, 2020

Feast of Santa Rosalia (Il Festino)

Santa Rosalia, ora pro nobis
July 15th is the feast of Santa Rosalia, Virgin, Hermitess, and patroness of Palermo, Sicily. The fête recalls her intercession on behalf of the Palermitani and the lifting of the plague of 1625.
Every year since the miracle, the relics of la Santuzza, or Little Saint, as her Sicilian devotees affectionately call her, are paraded through the crowded streets of Palermo on an ornate chariot. [She is also celebrated on September 4th, her Liturgical feast day.]
According to tradition, Rosalia was born of noble birth in Palermo in 1130, the same year Roger II was crowned King of Sicily. Like most of the island’s inhabitants at the time, she was a Byzantine Rite (Greek Rite) Catholic. Renouncing her life of privilege and comfort the pious maiden devoted herself to prayer and solitude, living the ascetic life of a hermit in a remote cave on Mount Pellegrino, where she died in 1166. 
Centuries later, in 1625, a terrible plague broke out in Palermo causing much death and suffering. She appeared in a vision to a local hunter and revealed the location of her remains on the mountain. In a nearby cave the huntsman discovered her relics with an inscription on the wall that read: 
I, Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses, and Quisquina, have taken the resolution to live in this cave for the love of my Lord, Jesus Christ.
Carried in procession, Rosalia's relics were translated to Palermo. Three days later, on July 15th, the plague miraculously ended and the city was saved.
In celebration, I'm posting a prayer to Santa Rosalia. The accompanying photo of Saint Rosalie Interceding for the Plague-stricken of Palermo by Flemish master Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Van Dyck was in Palermo during the plague and his paintings of the "Little Saint" were in great demand. Evviva Santa Rosalia!
Prayer to Saint Rosalia
Father in heaven, we thank You for the communion of saints so that we can draw near to You through the prayers of St. Rosalia. Through her prayers help us to remember that our destiny is heaven. As St. Rosalia gave up all things in this world for the sake of Your Kingdom, through her prayers may we love more fully Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with You and the Holy Spirit are one God forever and ever. O God, our Father, mercifully look upon Your people who come to You and grant through the intercession of St. Rosalia, who turned away from earthly delights to the joys of contemplation, that we may be delivered from all harm here on earth and one day be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven. St. Rosalia, confessor and virgin, we pray to God for our families and friends. Through your powerful prayers, may we obtain health, life, and eternal salvation. I also pray today for this special need and intention (make your intention known). O glorious virgin and confessor, St. Rosalia, I promise henceforth to remember and follow your example of faith and love. Pray for me and mine. Amen.