September 30, 2020

Triduum in Honor of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

My Grandmother's pocket statuette
of the Infant of Prague and the back
of the Society of the Little Flower
membership card with the image
of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Join us spiritually by privately praying the Triduum (three days of prayer) from Sept. 30th thru Oct. 2nd in preparation for the Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux on October 3rd.*

Preparatory Prayer


O Glorious Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, the Little Flower of Jesus, safe refuge of the afflicted and distressed, I, a poor sinner, encouraged by the promises God has made to thee, come to thee today with a firm hope, and I rejoice in the great honor which our Holy Mother the Church, has shown to thee in placing thee amongst the saints of Her altars. I pour forth my prayer to thee; I implore thine aid, thy protection, thy counsel, and thy blessing. Obtain for me, I beseech thee, the intention of this novena (here specify your intention). I ask this favor provided it is not opposed to the Holy Will of God and the welfare of my salvation. Should such, however, be the case, obtain for me such other graces as shall be conducive to the welfare of my soul. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.


Prayer by Pope Benedict XV


O Little Thérèse of the Child Jesus, who during thy short life on earth didst become a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of whole-hearted abandonment to God, now that thou rejoicest in the reward of thy virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in thy hands. Make my troubles thy own — speak a word for me to our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love thou wert — to that Queen of Heaven "who smiled on thee at the dawn of life." Beg her as Queen of the Heart of Jesus, to obtain for me by her powerful intercession, the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment, and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy Eternity. Amen.

* Prayers courtesy of the Carmelite Nuns of Brooklyn

Feast of San Girolamo

St. Jerome in his study removing a thorn from the lion’s paw
September 30th is the Feast of San Girolamo (Saint Jerome), Doctor of the Church. A fourth century scholar and historian from the Roman province of Dalmatia, he is best known for his translation of the Holy Bible into Latin (the Vulgate) from the original Hebrew and Greek Septuagint. Protector of Cittanova in Reggio Calabria, San Girolamo is also the patron saint of archeologists, translators, scholars, librarians and students. In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to St. Jerome. The accompanying photo of St. Jerome removing a thorn from the lion’s paw (c. 1440-70) by Early Neapolitan Renaissance painter Niccolò Antonio Colantonio is on view at the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples.
Prayer to St. Jerome
Master of unworldliness and founder of monasteries, you had a deep love for God's inspired Word and were a most careful translator of the Sacred Scriptures. Your single-mindedness in seeking God's glory is a perfect model for all exegetes. Inspire them with respect for the sacred text as well as for Tradition and the Church's Magisterium. Help them to impart to all the true meaning of the Word of God. Amen.

Feast of Sant’Amato di Nusco

Sant'Amato Vescovo, ora pro nobis
September 30th is the Feast of Sant’Amato, first Bishop of Nusco in Irpina. Invoked against earthquakes and other natural disasters, many healing miracles have been attributed to the saint's relics. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer in Italian to Sant’Amato, courtesy of the Società Sant’Amato di Nusco of Long Island City, New York. The accompanying photo was taken at the society clubhouse in 2014. Evviva Sant'Amato Vescovo!
Orazione a Santo Amato
O glorioso Santo Amato, che in tempi di tenebre splendesti di sanità nella tua patria e la sollevasti a nuovi costumi e nuova vita civile, deh! stendi su tutti i tuoi devoti l'opera tua benefica.
Tu avvisasti nel tuo popolo il fervore della fede e della pietà cristiana, Tu fosti sollievo negli affanni, scampo nei pericoli, e Tu conserva ognora all'ombra tua il popolo del tuo acquisto e quanti invocano il tuo nome benedetto.
O padre e Pastore della tua Nusco spira nei cuori la carità, che ti accese verso il tuo gregge, sicché, amandoci in terra, possiamo esser insieme con Te cittadini in cielo.

September 29, 2020

Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel

San Michele Arcangelo, ora pro nobis
September 29th is the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel, Prince of the Heavenly Host. Dating from the fifth century, the celebration recalls the Apparition of St. Michael on Mount Gargano in Apulia and the founding of several Churches in honor of the Archangel. In celebration, I'm posting the Consecration to Saint Michael. The accompanying photo is a detail of Seven angels vanquishing demons on the ceiling of the chapel in the house of Saint Pius V, taken during my 2007 pilgrimage to the Vatican.

Consecration to Saint Michael

Saint Michael the Archangel, invincible Prince of the Angelic hosts and glorious protector of the universal Church, I greet thee and praise thee for that splendor with which God has adorned thee so richly. I thank God for the great graces He hast bestowed upon thee, especially to remain faithful when Lucifer and his followers rebelled, and to battle victoriously for the honor of God and the Divinity of the Son of Man.

Saint Michael, I consecrate to thee my soul and body. I choose thee as my patron and protector and entrust the salvation of my soul to thy care. Be the guardian of my obligation as a child of God and of the Catholic Church as again I renounce Satan, his works and pomps.

Assist me by thy powerful intercession in the fulfillment of these sacred promises, so that imitating thy courage and loyalty to God, and trusting in thy kind help and protection, I may be victorious over the enemies of my soul and be united with God in Heaven forever. Amen.

September 28, 2020

Feast of San Venceslao I, Duca di Boemia

San Venceslao I, ora pro nobis

Deus, qui beátum Wencesláum per martyrii palmam a terréno principátu ad cœléstem glóriam transtulísti: ejus précibus nos abomni adversitáte custódi, et ejúsdem tríbue gaudére consórtio. Per Dóminum.

September 28th is the Feast of San Venceslao I (St. Wenceslaus I), 10th century Duke, Martyr and patron saint of Bohemia (Czechia). A pious and holy King, he was a great benefactor of the Church and helped spread Christianity throughout his kingdom. On his way to Mass, he was murdered by his brother Prince Boleslaus' henchmen in 929 (or 935).


In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Wenceslaus I in English and Latin. The accompanying photo of St. Wenceslaus by the Roman painter Angelo Caroselli comes courtesy of Kunst Historisches Museum Wien. Evviva San Venceslao!


Prayer to St. Wenceslaus I


O God, Who, through the palm of Martyrdom, didst transfer blessed Wenceslaus from an earthly principality to heavenly glory, keep us, by his prayers, from all adversity, and grant us to rejoice in his fellowship. Through the Lord.

Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel in Bayside, Queens

September 27, 2020

Feast of Saints Cosma and Damiano

Santi Medici Cosma and Damiano,
orate pro nobis
September 27th is the Feast of Saints Cosma and Damiano, Arabian physicians and Martyrs. Patron saints of physicians, surgeons, doctors, pharmacists and midwives, the brothers are invoked by people suffering with medical conditions. Widely venerated across southern Italy, they are the principal patrons of Riace (RC), Sferracavallo (PA), Ginosa (TA), Roccascalegna (CH) and Carbonara di Nola (NA), among others. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Saints Cosmas and DamianThe accompanying photo of the holy martyrs was taken at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (627 East 187th Street) in East Harlem, New York. Evviva Santi Medici Cosma and Damiano!
Prayer to Saints Cosmas and Damian 

O glorious martyrs of Christ, Saints Cosmas and Damian, you gave your lives for the love of God, benefiting your fellow man, and crowning your martyrdom with an open and loyal profession of your faith. You taught us to love God above all things, and to love our fellow man as ourselves, professing always, and without fear, the religion of Jesus. Augmenting amongst the faithful populace many miracles, you are glorious indeed. Through your intercession, which brings about deliverance of these miracles, we pray to you for your aid in all things. May your patronage never be far from us in the illness of our body and soul. O great protectors, Saints Cosmas and Damian, assist us with your love and free us from all evils. Amen

Photo of the Week: Santi Medici Cosma e Damiano at the Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista in Matera

Photo by Andrew Giordano

September 26, 2020

Celebrating Our Late September Patrons at Amunì

Maria SS. della Misericordia
from Fontanarosa, Avellino
Members and friends of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith), or Sanfedisti for short, returned to Amunì Ristorante in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Thursday evening to celebrate some of our September patrons. Our dinner for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary earlier in the month was so enjoyable we jumped at the opportunity to go back.

As much as we would like to celebrate every patronal Feast Day as a group, it’s just not possible. The end of September has way too many for us to do individually, so we decided to have one celebratory dinner for them all on September 24th, the Feast of the Madonna della Misericordia (Our Lady of Mercy, or Ransom).


We chose the 24th for a couple of reasons. First, it was the most central date starting from the Feasts of San Gennaro and Our Lady of La Salette, which we celebrated on September 19th in Little Italy, New York; and second, it didn’t fall on an Ember Day, allowing us to eat and drink our hearts content without any dietary restrictions.

Table shrine with reliquary prayer cards of Sant'Agata and San Pio; holy cards of San Matteo and Sant'Amato di Nusco; pocket statuette of the Bambino Gesu di Praga; a green scapular; a framed picture of Santi Cosma & Damiano; metal plague with bas-relief of Padre Pio; stone relics from the Apparition Grotto at the Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo in Gargano, Puglia; and, courtesy of our friend Tony, a lucky St. Joseph fava been.
Unofficially, any other day further back in the month would have been too close to the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel and considering the devotion our group has for the Prince of the Heavenly Host, I can’t imagine us not having another get-together (even a modest one) after the Mass on September 29th.
Caponata con crostini

Warmly welcomed by chef and owner Vincent Dardanello, our party was promptly seated in the cozy backyard dining area, sequestered away from the unpleasant din and unwanted intrusions that often comes with outdoor dining, especially these days. 

Carciofi fritti

Putting our fate in Chef Dardanello’s hands, we let the maestro choose the menu and he didn’t disappoint. All served family style, he treated us to a spectacular multi-course repast starting with affettati e formaggio, caponata con crostini, and carciofi fritti, fried artichoke hearts tossed with caciocavallo cheese and parsley. These culinary delights were soon followed with a sweet sausage and onion roll and classic arancini, rice balls with chop meat and peas.

Sausage and onion roll

For our primi, we were presented with two phenomenal pasta dishes, rigatoni all’Amatriciana and pasta al forno, baked anellini with ground beef, peas, mozzarella and caciocavallo cheese. Unable to decide which dish to try, we naturally tasted both. Far from settling the matter, since both dishes were extraordinary, we all helped ourselves to a hearty second serving of each. 

Arancini

After all that, the pièce de résistance was definitely chef Dardanello’s perfectly cooked old-school braciola di maiale al forno. Served with a choice of three different types of salads, the baked breaded pork chops were juicy, delicious and a most welcome blast from the past. Like so many of his dishes, this was joyfully reminiscent of the traditional fare many of us grew up with. 

Pasta al forno

Needless to say, the meal came to a close with dessert and caffé. Our collective sweet tooth was sated with an amazing limoncello mascarpone cake, handmade seven layer cookies, and sugar-dusted cannoli with crushed pistachios. Capped off with some espresso and homemade limoncello, we happily walked off our meal (not to mention all the Nero d'Avila we imbibed) with a long leisurely stroll to the Verrazzano Bridge and back.

Rigatoni all’Amatriciana

The saints honored were Santa Candida & Sant’Eustachio (Sept. 20); San Matteo (Sept. 21); San Maurizio (Sept.22); San Pio da Pietrelcina (Sept. 23); Madonna della Misericordia (Sept. 24); San Firmino di Amiens & the Bambino Gesù di Praga (Sept. 25); Santi Cipriano & Giustina  (Sept. 26); Santi Cosma & Damiano (Sept. 27); San Venceslao, Duca di Boemia (Sept. 28); San Michele Arcangelo (Sept. 29); and Sant’Amato di Nusco & San Girolamo (Sept. 30).


~ Giovanni di Napoli, September 25, the Feasts of San Firmino di Amiens & the Infant of Prague


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Insalata Verde with arugala, pistachios, shaved caciocavallo and lemon dressing
Insalata di finocchio with fennel, oranges, arugala and lemon dressing
Cucumber and tomato salad with ricotta salata
Braciola di maiale al forno
Limoncello mascarpone cake
Homemade cannoli with crushed pistachios
Homemade seven layer cookies
The Fratelli della Santa Fede with Chef Dardanello (second from right)
Photos by New York Scugnizzo

Traditional High Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

September 25, 2020

Feast of San Firmino di Amiens

San Firmino di Amiens, ora pro nobis
A San Fermín pedimos, por ser nuestro patrón, nos guía en el encierro, dándonos su bendición*
September 25th is the Feast of San Firmino di Amiens, Bishop and Martyr. Patron Saint of the city of Amiens in France and the region of Navarre in Spain, he is also invoked by bakers, boot makers, wine traders, and of course the mozos, the foolhardy daredevils who run with the bulls each year in Pamplona, Spain during the famed Los Sanfermines, or San Fermin Festival.

According to tradition, San Firmino was a native of Pamplona in the region of Navarre. Born of noble birth (his father was a senator), his family converted to Christianity and were baptized by St. Saturninus of Toulouse. In time, he was ordained into the priesthood by St. Honoratus at Tolosa (modern Toulouse) in Roman Gaul. Returning to Navarre, he was appointed the first Bishop of Pamplona.

Years later, San Firmino travelled up north to the remote regions of Gaul to preach and evangelize. Converting thousands to the faith, he eventually settled at Amiens and became the town's first Bishop. Repeatedly running afoul with the pagan priests, San Firmino was denounced as a Christian, imprisoned and ultimately beheaded.

San Firmino's cult was established in Pamplona in the twelfth-century with the arrival of his relics from Amiens. Somehow conflated with the martyrdom of St. Saturninus, who was dragged to his death by a bull at a mithraeum in Tolosa, the holy cephalophore (head-carrier) is also venerated on July 7th with a 
resplendent nine-day fête

From July 6th-14th, Los Sanfermines is replete with religious and cultural traditions. Among the most popular are the festive processions with papier maché Gigantes and cabezudos (Giants and big heads), the Riau-Riau dance said to have been introduced by the Carlists in 1914 to annoy their liberal rivals, and of course the world-famous running of the bulls.

In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Fermin. The accompanying photo of St. Fermin Holding His Head (ca. 1225-75, Amiens) was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Viva San Fermin! Gora San Fermin!

Prayer to St. Fermin of Amiens 
O Glorious St. Firmin of Amiens, you served God in humility and confidence on earth, now you enjoy His beatific vision in Heaven. Help me to strengthen my faith and protect me in conflict. Obtain for me the grace to live a holy life, so that one day I may join you in the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen
(*) “We ask San Fermín, as our patron, to guide us through the bull run, giving us his blessing.” Prayer recited three times before the running of the bulls.

September 24, 2020

Celebrating the Feast of Padre Pio and Michaelmas Embertide at St. Catherine of Alexandria Churchyard

Madonna di Lourdes, ora pro nobis
Ember Wednesday members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede, or Sanfedisti for short, visited the outdoor Madonna di Lourdes shrine at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church (1119 42nd St.) in Borough Park, Brooklyn. One of the few accessible open air sacred spaces left in our part of town, we thanked the Lord for our many gifts, entreated Him to sanctify the season of Autumn, prayed to San Pio da Pietrelcina, and recited the Holy Rosary for the Poor and Forgotten Souls in Purgatory. 

We also prayed for the faithful in Caltanissetta, Sicily, whose Chiesa San Agata al Collegio was vandalized and looted late Monday night by several disturbed young men. In addition to desecrating priceless sacred objects, these demons broke into the tabernacle and scattered the Host across the sanctuary floor. Lord have mercy on us.


Jumping the gun a week earlier, due to some confusion with the September dates, we learned that the Fall Ember Days, under the 1960 Code of Rubrics promulgated by Pope John XXIII, actually follow the third Sunday within the month, not the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14th), which was how they were calculated in the pre-1955 rubrics. For more about the Michaelmas Ember Days visit Fr. Z’s Blog and Fish Eaters.


Although a little embarrassed by the mixup, we were none the worse for wear. At the very least, in our exuberance we got to visit this beautiful grotto, say a few additional prayers and fasted an extra day this month. Surely, that could never be a bad thing. Evviva San Pio!


~ Giovanni di Napoli, September 23rd, Feast of San Pio da Pietrelcina

(L) The church is currently under renovation. (R) Parish war memorial
View of the churchyard from the corner entrance
The grotto
(L) St. Bernadette Soubirous. (R) Our Lady of Lourdes
The grotto from the right
The grotto from the left
(L) Outdoor altar against the grotto's Eastern wall. (R) Another look at Our Lady
Some of the cards and relics we used for our prayer service
Photos from both visits by New York Scugnizzo

Feast of Our Lady of Ransom

Madonna della Misericordia, ora pro nobis
September 24th is the Feast of Our Lady of Ransom, also called Our Lady of Mercy (Madonna della Misericordia). The Feast commemorates the founding of the Mercedarians, a mendicant Order devoted to the redemption of Christian slaves in Africa seized by Moslem reavers. Originally celebrated by the friars on August 1st (the night the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Peter Nolasco, prompting him to found the order in 1218) the Feast was eventually extended to the entire Church by Pope Innocent XII and observed on September 24th. The Order is credited with rescuing 70,000 slaves taken from Europe by the Saracens. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy by Saint Augustine. The accompanying photo was taken at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn during the 2015 Festa di Maria SS. della Misericordia, Patroness of Fontanarosa, Avellino.
Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy 
Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanks for having rescued a fallen world by your generous consent! Receive our gratitude, and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins. Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven and enable them to make our peace with God.
Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged, comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God. May all who venerate you feel now your help and protection. Be ready to help us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it your continual concern to pray for the people of God, for you were blessed by God and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world, who lives and reigns forever. Amen.

September 23, 2020

Feast of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

San Pio, ora pro nobis

San Pio's blood stained glove
After my death I will do more. My real mission will begin after my death. ~ Padre Pio
September 23rd is the Feast of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Capuchin friar, Stigmatic and Mystic. Patron saint of adolescents and civil defense volunteers, he is also invoked against stress. In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to St. Pio. The photo of the statue was taken at the now-closed rectory of the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood (109 Mulberry Street) in New York City's historic Little Italy. The glove relic was temporarily on display at the church. Evviva San Pio!

Prayer to St. Pio of Pietrelcina

O Glorious Saint Pio, bearing the wounds of Christ you generously accepted your sufferings, and labored faithfully for the good of all souls. Help me to embrace that same attitude of acceptance in my life. With confidence, I ask for your intercession to obtain the grace of (make your request), which I ardently desire. If it is not, however, God's will that this should come to pass, then help me to find serenity and joy in God's choices for me. Amen

Observing Michaelmas Embertide

San Michele Arcangelo, ora pro nobis
Even though Ember Days are no longer required by the post-Conciliar Church, the faithful should still observe these penitential days of devotion for spiritual enrichment, inner renewal, and as a means of reparation for our sins. A corruption of the Latin Quatuor Tempora, which means “four times,” Ember Days are three days of prayer, fasting and charity set aside four times a year to give thanks to God for the fruits of the earth, to practice abstemiousness, and almsgiving.

The quarterly observances, which correspond to the changing seasons, are kept on the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following the Feast of St. Lucy in Winter (Advent Embertide); the week after Ash Wednesday in Spring (Lenten Embertide); after Pentecost Sunday in Summer (Whit Embertide); and after the third Sunday in September in Autumn (Michaelmas Embertide).

An ancient tradition, Ember days are believed to have arisen from the early Church’s sanctifying of the old Roman agricultural festivals of sowing and harvesting (i.e. the feriae sementivaeferiae messis, and feriae vindimiales). Though probably older, the Liber Pontificalis (Book of Popes) ascribes a law ordering the fast to Pope Callixtus, who died in 222. In addition to focussing on God’s gifts of nature, they are traditionally popular days for the Rite of Ordination of priests and prayers for the poor and forgotten Souls in Purgatory. Due to the fertility aspects, Ember Days are also ideal for married couples to pray for lots of children and their safe delivery.

In celebration, I’m posting the anthem and prayer for Embertide from Blessed Be God: A Complete Catholic Prayer Book by Very Rev. Charles J. Callan, OP., S.T.M. and Very Rev. John A. McHugh, OP., S.T.M (Preserving Christian Publications, 2010). The accompanying photo of San Michele Arcangelo, courtesy of Andrew Giordano, was taken at the Chiesa di Santo Stefano in Molfetta, Puglia.

A Prayer for Embertide

Ant. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all He hath done for thee.
V. Lord, Thou hast been our refuge.
R. From generation to generation. 

Let us Pray
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that as year by year we devoutly keep these holy observances, we may be pleasing to Thee both in body and soul. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

September 22, 2020

Feast of San Maurizio and the Martyrs of Agaunum

San Maurizio Martire, ora pro nobis
We are your soldiers, O Emperor, but we freely profess that we are Christ’s servants. To you we owe military service, to Him the beginning of life itself. So for Him we are prepared to suffer every torment, and we will never give up our faith in Him! ~ St. Exuperius, Martyr and standard-bearer of the Holy Theban Legion*
September 22nd is the Feast of San Maurizio (St. Maurice) and his Companions, Legionnaires and Martyrs. Commander of the famed Theban Legion composed entirely of Christians, they were sent to Gaul in the 3rd century to help Emperor Maximian put down a rebellion. Refusing to offer sacrifices to idols or take an oath against Christians, the Holy Martyrs were mercilessly put to the sword at Agaunum, now Saint-Maurice, Switzerland. Patron saint and protector of soldiers, swordsmiths, armies, and infantrymen, San Maurizio is also the patron of the Holy Roman Empire, Montalbano Jonico in Matera, and the Italian Army's historic Alpini, a specialized mountain infantry corps. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Maurice. The accompanying photo of St. Maurice by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) and workshop was taken at the Last Knight exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2019.

Prayer to Saint Maurice

Saint Maurice, most blessed and honorable patron saint, you who fought so valiantly on the battlefield of faith, steadfastly opposed the tyranny of earthly rulers, boldly confessed faith in the one true God, and preferred to die by the sword rather than to betray your Lord, Jesus Christ, pray for us.

O holy martyr and loyal soldier of Christ, obtain for us the courage to persevere in truth, to be a light in the darkness of the times in which we live, and to defend the honor of the Church wherever it is opposed. Obtain also for us the grace to endure patiently all the trials and hardships of this life, and to carry our cross in the spirit of prayer and self-denial. In particular we ask you to obtain for us from God the following favor: [Mention your special request]. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.


* Quoted from The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints, Jacobus de Voragine, Princeton University Press, 2012, p.576

Celebrating the 94th Annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy, New York

San Gennaro, ora pro nobis
A look at Saturday’s 94th Annual Feast of San Gennaro at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood (113 Baxter Street) in Little Italy, New York. Evviva San Gennaro!

(Above & below) Before Mass, devotees carry the statue into the church
(Above & below) The Recessional
After Mass, San Gennaro was presented to the expectant crowd
(L) Departing the church grounds.
(R) Swaying side to side in time with the music

The procession makes its way through Little Italy
Members of the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge show their support
Our buddy Achille with the original society standard
(Above & below) The procession stops for donations along the way
Danny Vecchiano and the Giglio Band
A nice tribute was offered to our Armed Forces by
the WWII Monument outside DiPalo's Fine Foods store
 
(Above & below) The statue returns to the sanctuary
In addition to carrying the statue, the highlight of the day
was getting to venerate the relic of our glorious patron
Lifters take a commemorative photo with members of the Figli di San Gennaro
Members of the San Rocco Society and Sanfedisti
with the flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Enjoying our celebratory dinner at La Mela
Photos by New York Scugnizzo