October 31, 2020

Feast of St. Wolfgang of Regensburg

San Volfango di Ratisbona, ora pro nobis
October 31st is the Feast of St. Wolfgang of Regensburg (San Volfango di Ratisbona), Benedictine monk, missionary, hermit, and reforming Bishop. He is the patron saint of paralyzed people, stroke victims, people with stomach ailments, and carpenters.

Born circa 924 in the Duchy of Swabia in southwestern Germany, he was educated at the abbey of Reichenau. Moving to the abbey of Einsiedeln in Schwyz (in present-day Switzerland), he was ordained a priest in 968 by St. Ulrich and became the director of the monastery school.

Traveling to Hungary with a group of monks he helped evangelize the Magyars, converting many to the faith. In 972 Emperor Otto II appointed him Bishop of Regensburg in Bavaria, where he initiated reforms, built churches, and tutored the future Emperor St. Henry II. Despite his prestigious station, he continued to wear a simple monastic habit.

A piece of the tree where
St. Wolfgang preached and
baptized in Thalmässing, Bavaria
Towards the end of his life St. Wolfgang briefly withdrew to a secluded cell in the Salzkammergut region of Austria to live the ascetic life of a hermit. However, deeply loved by his flock, the recluse was reluctantly called back to his episcopate. In 994 the holy man fell ill and died in the Chapel of St. Othmar in Pupping, Austria. 
He was canonized in 1052 by Pope Leo IX.

Though many healing miracles have been attributed to him, he is perhaps best remembered as the Saint who tricked the Devil into building a church.

According to legend, a ferocious wolf fleeing from a hunter refused to help the Bishop build a church. In pursuit of the beast, the huntsman also refused to help. The Devil then appeared and agreed to build it in exchange for the first soul that entered the church. Upon its completion, the wolf still looking for a place to hide from the persistent hunter rushed inside the new church, thus foiling the evil one’s plan to snare a human soul.

In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Wolfgang of Regensburg. The accompanying photo up top is my makeshift shrine devoted to the saint. The picture of the tree relic was taken at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church rectory in Newark, New Jersey. Evviva San Volfango di Ratisbona!

Prayer to St. Wolfgang of Regensburg

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the examples of St. Wolfgang, Bishop of Regensburg, may effectually move us to reform our lives; that while we celebrate his festival, we may also imitate his actions. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Look upon our Weakness, almighty God, and since the burden of our own deeds weighs heavily upon us, may the glorious intercession of St. Wolfgang of Regensburg protect us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Vigil of All Saints

My shrine to my ancestors and the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Júdicant sancti gentes, et dominántur pópulis: et regnábit Dóminus Deus illórum in perpétuum. Ps. 32, 1 Exsultáte, justi, in Dómino: rectos decet collaudátio. V. Glória Patri.

The saints judge nations, and rule over people: and the Lord their God shall reign forever. Ps. 32, 1. Rejoice in the Lord, ye just: praise becometh the upright. V Glory.
 ~ Introit. Wis 3, 8
October 31st is the Vigil of All Saints Day. Popularly known as Halloween, or All Hallows' Eve, the celebration is the beginning of Hallowtide, a three day observance (Triduum) that includes the Feasts of All Saints Day on Nov. 1st and All Souls Day on Nov. 2nd. Traditionally a day of prayer, fasting, and abstinence, the faithful prepare themselves for the month of November, which is dedicated to the souls of the dead, and contemplate the reality of Hell and how to avoid eternal damnation.

In celebration, I’m posting the introit and the collect of All Hallows' Eve in Latin and English. The accompanying photo is my perpetual shrine devoted to my ancestors and the poor and forgotten Souls in Purgatory. The cast-iron skull serves as a memento mori, or a reminder of death, and rests on a miniature oriental rug that once decorated my mother's doll house; the Crucifixion nails are a reminder of Our Lord's sacrifice; the Rosary belonged to my paternal grandmother; the rose pin is a symbol of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower and our familial patroness; and the prayer card is for St. Gertrude the Great, patroness of Naples and devotee to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

The Collect of All Hallows' Eve

Dómine Deus noter, multíplica super nos grátiam tuam: et, quorum prævenímus gloriósa solémnia, tribue súbsequi in dsancta professióne lætitiam. Per Dominum.

O Lord, our God, multiply Thy graces upon us, and grant that joy may follow in the holy praise of those whose glorious festival we anticipate. Through our Lord.

Around the Web — Blessed Charles of Austria: Emperor-Father-Saint with Charles Coulombe

From the Dr. Taylor Marshall YouTube channel

The inheritor of a tradition of Catholic monarchy dating back to the Roman Empire, Bl. Charles struggled to update it sufficiently to survive in the modern world. A brave soldier coming to the throne during a war whose start he had no part in, he risked everything to bring the bloody conflict to an end. Betrayed on all sides by allies, enemies, and subjects, his deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacred Heart, and the Virgin Mary helped him to avoid hating those who wronged him. Devoted to his wife and children, Charles succeeded, with the help of his loving Empress, in leading a good Catholic family life despite everything. In a life filled with signs and miracles before and after his death, Bl. Charles managed to combine a life of deep piety with an intense practicality. After his death, his wife and children continued his work—her cause for beatification is now being considered.

Listen to podcast: Blessed Charles of Austria: Emperor-Father-Saint with Charles Coulombe

October 30, 2020

All Souls' Day Masses at the Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City

Feast of Sant'Angelo d'Acri

Sant'Angelo d'Acri, ora pro nobis
October 30th is the Feast of Sant'Angelo d'Acri (1669-1739), Capuchin priest, itinerant preacher and Wonderworker. Patron saint of missionaries and his native town of Acri in Calabria, he is sometimes called the "Great Apostle of Southern Italy" for his powerful sermons and the many conversions he worked throughout Calabria and Sicily. In celebration, I'm posting a prayer to Sant'Angelo d'Acri. The accompanying photo was taken during the 2015 Feast at Most Precious Blood Church (113 Baxter Street), in Little Italy, New York. Evviva Sant'Angelo!
Prayer to Sant'Angelo d'Acri
O God, you gave to your priest Sant'Angelo the grace to call sinners to penance through his words and miracles, grant through his intercession, that we may be sorry for our sins, and gain eternal life. 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

Also see: Around the Web: Blessed Angelo of Acri from Tradition in Action

All Souls Day at St. Pius X in Fairfield, Connecticut

Photo courtesy of the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny
For the Feast of All Souls on Monday, November 2, Father Richard Cipolla will celebrate a sung Requiem Mass at St. Pius X Church (834 Brookside Drive) in Fairfield, CT. at 7 pm.

October 29, 2020

A Prayer for Nice

Jeanne d'Arc, Philadelphia, PA
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of the October 29th Islamic terror attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice, France. May Saint Réparata, Saint Denis, Saint Joan of Arc and the Martyrs of Nice protect and watch over you. Martyrs of Nice, ora pro nobis.

A Prayer to St. Joan of Arc
In the face of your enemies, in the face of harassment, ridicule, and doubt, you held firm in your faith. Even in your abandonment, alone and without friends, you held firm in your faith. Even as you faced your own mortality, you held firm in your faith. I pray that I may be as bold in my beliefs as you, St. Joan. I ask that you ride alongside me in my own battles. Help me be mindful that what is worthwhile can be won when I persist. Help me hold firm in my faith. Help me believe in my ability to act well and wisely. Amen.

Reflections on NYC's Mother Cabrini Monument

Mother Cabrini statue by Jill and Giancarlo Biagi at Battery Park City Esplanade
Thanks to the ongoing lawlessness and comrade de Blasio’s inane policies (to put it mildly), I’ve been avoiding the city as much as possible. Not since Dinkins have I felt this unsafe riding the subway or walking the muraled streets of Manhattan. Nevertheless, risking a visit last Sunday for the 119th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo Martire in Little Italy, I decided to make the most of it and finally go see the new St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Memorial in Battery Park City.
Unveiled on October 12th by Governor Andrew Cuomo for Columbus Day, the bronze statue depicts Mother Cabrini on a large paper boat with two young Italian American orphans and/or immigrants. In full view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the well kempt and squatter free location is befitting the patron saint of immigrants. Ideally it should have been erected in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, so the good people of Sacred Hearts and St. Stephen’s Parish who overwhelmingly voted for her could enjoy it in relative safety, but I digress.

While the monument is better than I expected (see my Thoughts on the She Built NYC Monument Debacle), I’m sorry to say I’m not a big fan. As far as contemporary art goes, it’s fine; it just doesn't suit my taste. That said, I have plenty of friends who disagree and absolutely love it. At least I think we can all agree that it's better than the heinous “Medusa with the Head of Perseus” monstrosity that was installed the following day outside New York County Criminal Court in Lower Manhattan.

Quite frankly, my real problem with the monument is not artistic or the location, it's the association with Cuomo. Sure, it was his brainchild, but the Governor’s stance on abortion alone should have precluded him from having anything to do with this project. Yes we are all sinners, but abortion is irreconcilable with Catholicism; and to me, there is something perverse about having this hypocrite’s name engraved on a statue of a Catholic Saint.
Also, the project wasn’t done in good faith. Far from any true devotion to Mother Cabrini (the bad blood between the Governor and Mayor is well documented), it was clearly green lighted to score some cheap political points and to spite Mayor de Blasio, whose wife Chirlane McCray failed to uphold the results of her own statue contest and snubbed the undisputed winner to suit her own biased political agenda.
Mother Cabrini is absolutely deserving of any and all recognition for her saintly life and I would love to see more monuments dedicated to her and other Catholic heroes. However, right now this city is dying and every single penny should be spent on policing and rebuilding New York City’s crumbling infrastructure. Stop squandering resources on noxious social projects, ridiculous street murals, and unnecessary monuments in these shameless self-promoting vanity projects. Our beloved patroness would be appalled by the insufferable misuse of funding and the godlessness of the corrupt buffoons in charge.

~ Giovanni di Napoli, October 28th, Feast of Saints Simon and Jude

Solemnity of All Saints in Bath Beach, Brooklyn

October 28, 2020

Feast of the Holy Apostles Simon and Jude

Santi Simone e Giuda, ora pro nobis
Deus, qui nos per beátos Apóstolos tuos Simónem et Judam, ad agnitiónem tuo nóminis veníre tribuísti: da nobis eórum glóriam sempitérnam et proficiéndo celebráre, et celebrándo profícere. Per Dóminum.

October 28th is the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles and Martyrs. Born in Cana, Simon was a Jewish Zealot before his conversion to Christianity; and Jude, also known as Thaddeus (to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot), was the brother (or son) of St. James the Lesser, making him a relative of the Blessed Mother and our Lord Jesus Christ. 


Both received the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, which is why they are often depicted with tongues of flame on their heads. They travelled widely throughout the Middle East and Western Asia to evangelize and were martyred in Roman Syria circa 65 AD. St. Simon was sawed into pieces, while Jude was either hacked to death with an ax or beaten with a club. St. Simon is the patron saint of curriers, woodcutters, and tanners. St. Jude is the patron saint of desperate situations and lost causes.


In celebration, I’m posting a prayer in Latin and English. The accompanying photo of St. Jude was taken at the now-closed Saint Joseph’s Church (5 Monroe Street) in New York City. Evviva Santi Simone e Giuda!


Prayer


O God, Who hast granted us to come to the knowledge of Thy name through Thy blessed apostles Simon and Jude, grant us to celebrate their everlasting glory by advancing in knowledge and to improve by this celebration. Through our Lord.

Votive Mass of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the Generational Healing of the Family Tree

Our Lady of the Apocalypse, ora pro nobis
Friday, October 30th @ 
6:00 p.m. 
Confessions beginning at 4:45 p.m. 
(Rosary at 5:15 p.m.) 

The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents 
128 W. 37th St., New York City 
212-279-5861 

• Renewal of Baptismal Promises 
• Prayers of Deliverance 
• Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows 
• Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament 
• Anointing with Exorcised Oil 
• Blessing/Exorcism of Water, Salt, Oil and St. Benedict Medals (Medals available from Gift Shop in Parish Office; you must provide your own water, salt and oil) 

Please fill out the Genogram (available at the rear of the church near the bulletins or take from the bulletin insert) and return it by October 30th via the collection basket, Rectory Office, or any of the collection boxes in the church so it can be placed on the altar. 

Solemnity of All Saints in Bridgeport, Connecticut

October 27, 2020

Feast of San Gaudioso di Napoli

San Gaudioso, ora pro nobis
October 27th is the Feast of San Gaudioso di Napoli, patron saint of Rione Sanità, a neighborhood in the Stella district of Naples.
In 439 AD, the Vandal King Genseric exiled Septimius Celius Gaudiosus, Bishop of Abitinia (a town in the Roman Province of Africa), and a handful of followers for refusing to convert to Arianism. Cast out to sea in a rickety boat with no oars or sail, the vessel and its passengers miraculously landed safely across the Mediterranean at Naples.
Settling on the Capodimonte hill, San Gaudioso is credited with building a monastery, introducing the Rule of St. Augustine, and the translation of several relics, including that of Santa Restituta.
When he died (c.452 AD), the holy man was interred in a necropolis outside the city walls. Quickly becoming a place of devotion and veneration by locals, the catacombs were named in his honor. Abandoned in the Late Middle Ages due to mudslides (known as the Lave dei Virgini) and the removal of the saint’s relics to a safer location, the catacombs eventually opened again in the 16th century with the discovery of a 5th or 6th century Byzantine icon of the Madonna della Sanità, the oldest depiction of the Virgin Mary in Naples.
In addition to the icon and the tomb of San Gaudioso, the catacombs preserve several frescoes and mosaics dating from the 17th century all the way back to the Paleochristian era, including a painting of St. Peter introducing the deceased Pascentius to a third figure believed to be either St. Paul or Jesus Christ.
More recently, the renowned Neapolitan poet Totò (Antonio De Curtis, 1898-1967) composed the poem 'A Livella, which was inspired by a painting of Memento Mori (the Triumph of Death) in the catacombs.
In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to San Gaudioso di Napoli. The accompanying photo comes courtesy of the Catacombe di San Gaudioso. Evviva San Gaudioso!
Prayer to San Gaudioso di Napoli 
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the examples of San Gaudioso di Napoli may effectually move us to reform our lives; that while we celebrate his feast, we may also imitate his actions. Look upon our weakness, almighty God, and since the burden of our own deeds weighs heavily upon us, may the glorious intercession of San Gaudioso protect us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Feast of San Nestore Martire di Tessalonica

San Demetrio slaying Lyaeus

In the Byzantine Synaxarion, October 27th is the Feast of San Nestore di Tessalonica, Hero and Martyr. Born in the third century in Constantinople or Thessaloniki, Macedonia, he was a disciple of the Holy Martyr San Demetrio di Tessalonica.


According to tradition, San Demetrio was denounced as a Christian and arrested, perhaps to be used in the gladiatorial games in Thessaloniki. At the time, Christian captives were being forced to fight the hulking Vandal Lyaeus in the arena if no-one dared to face him of their own accord. With a penchant for impaling his opponents on spikes, it wasn't always easy to find someone willing to do battle with the notorious gladiator.


Looking to prevent the murderous brute from killing any more Christians, San Nestore visited his master in prison to get his blessing. Signing his forehead and chest with the sign of the cross, San Demetrio prophesied, “You will defeat Lyaeus, but you will suffer for Christ.”


As Lyaeus entered the arena to thunderous applause, Emperor Maximian silenced the crowd and introduced his champion. Making his usual wager to entice would-be challengers, the Emperor offered a huge reward to anyone who could defeat the allegedly invincible warrior in hand-to-hand combat.


Stepping forward, San Nestore volunteered to fight Lyaeus. The crowd roared with laughter at the sight of the diminutive youth. Attributing the boy’s foolhardiness to poverty and desperation, Maximian tried to dissuade him, claiming the clash would be suicide for one so small and weak. Underestimating the stripling’s determination, he offered San Nestore the purse without having to fight or risk his life.


Undeterred, San Nestore repeated his challenge saying he did not need or want the Emperor’s money; he just wanted to prove that he was better than Lyaeus. Curious to see what would happen, the Emperor allowed the seemingly mismatched combatants to fight. 


Facing off on a large platform surrounded by a pit filled with stakes, spears and other sharp weaponry, San Nestore crossed himself and invoked the name of God, which greatly irritated Maximian.


Narrowly dodging the gladiator’s relentless attack, San Nestore found a brief opening and mortally wounded the barbarian. Crumpling to the ground at the boys feet, the crowd began cheering for the Christian, which further drew the ire of the Emperor. Casting Lyaeus down from the platform into the pit, the fiend was impaled on the blood-stained spikes he so often used to slay his Christian victims.


Mortified, Maximian stormed out of the arena bristling with rage. First he had San Demetrio run through with a spear then, instead of rewarding the victor, he ordered his guards to capture the Christian hero and had him beheaded with his own sword.


In celebration, I’m posting the prayers to San Nestore from Byzantine Catholic Prayer for the Home [link will open PDF file]. They are meant for private use. The accompanying photo, courtesy of Cav. Charles Sant’Elia, is a Greek terracotta tablet with bas-relief depicting San Demetrio on horseback slaying Lyaeus. Though San Demetrio did not physically slay Lyaeus, it was through his prayers that San Nestore was able to defeat the fearsome gladiator. San Nestore di Tessalonica, ora pro nobis.


Troparia
Troparion
Tone 3 You took up the power of the cross from the great Demetrius and you ventured forth against the giant. His terrible strength did not save him, but he was struck down by you. They killed you for this, holy martyr, but your bravery ushered you in before Christ. O Nestor, pray for our peace and for mercy on us all!


Kontakion Tone 2 Having perfectly endured your martyrdom, you have inherited immortal glory. You have become a perfect soldier for the Master through the prayers of the great Demetrius. Join him, blessed Nestor, and pray without ceasing for us all. 


Stichera
O wondrous martyr Nestor, you girded yourself with the armor of Christ. Then you overcame Leo the emperor. By visible and invisible arrows you fettered Satan and put him to death, O greatly-gifted one. Because of that, Christ crowned you with the crown of victory. 

Glory be...now and ever...We implore you, our most pure Intercessor, never allow your sorely afflicted servants to perish. But hasten to snatch us from the forthcoming wrath and grief. O most holy and pure Theotokos, you are our rampart and invincible help.

October 26, 2020

Celebrating the 119th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco, in Little Italy, New York

San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco, ora pro nobis
Sunday morning, members of the Craco Society celebrated the 119th Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco, at the Shrine Church of the Precious Blood (113 Baxter St.) in Little Italy, New York. Mass was celebrated by Rev. Monsignor Nicholas Grieco, who spoke at length about our beloved San Vincenzo, San Maurizio and the rest of the glorious Theban Legion. Evviva San Vincenzo!

(Above & below) The statue and relic of San Vincenzo beneath the "Guariglia bye-altar" with the society's original banner and flowers
The statue was crafted by Pasquale Marrese in 1901
(L) Reliquary with bone fragment. (R) Upright statue with votive offerings
Fred and Joe with beautiful antique image of San Vincenzo
(Above & below) After Mass, devotees venerate San Vincenzo

Photos by New York Scugnizzo

Feast of San Gaudioso di Salerno

San Gaudioso Vescovo, ora pro nobis
October 26th is the Feast of San Gaudioso (640), seventh Bishop of Salerno. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Gaudiosus. The accompanying photo, courtesy of Andrew Giordano, was taken at the Basilica Cattedrale SS. Matteo e Gregorio in Salerno. Evviva San Gaudioso!

Prayer to St. Gaudiosus


Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the examples of St. Gaudiosus, seventh Bishop of Salerno, may effectually move us to reform our lives; that while we celebrate his festival, we may also imitate his actions. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


Look upon our Weakness, almighty God, and since the burden of our own deeds weighs heavily upon us, may the glorious intercession of St. Gaudiosus protect us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Photo of the Week: Equestrian Statue of HM King Ferdinando I di Borbone, Largo di Palazzo

Equestrian statue of HM Ferdinando I di Borbone, King of the Two Sicilies, by Antonio Canova (completed by Antonio Calì), Largo di Palazzo (Piazza del Plebiscito), Napoli. Photo by Andrew Giordano

October 25, 2020

Solemnity of Christ the King

Christ Pantocrator, Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily
The last Sunday of October is the Feast of Christ the King, which celebrates the authority of Our Lord Jesus Christ as King of the cosmos. In celebration, I'm posting A Prayer to Christ the King. The accompanying photo of Christ Pantocrator (Christ Almighty) was taken at the Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily.
A Prayer to Christ the King
O Jesus Christ, I acknowledge you as universal King. All that has been made has been created for You. Exercise all Your rights over me. I renew my Baptismal Vows. I renounce Satan, his pomps and his works; I promise to live as a good Christian. And, in particular do I pledge myself to labor, to the best of my ability, for the triumph of the rights of God and of Your Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, to You do I offer my poor services, laboring that all hearts may acknowledge Your sacred kingship, and that thus the reign of Your peace be established throughout the whole universe. Amen

Feast of San Gavino Martire

San Gavino Martire, ora pro nobis
October 25th is the Feast of San Gavino Martire (St. Gavinus), a Roman soldier martyred with his companions San Proto and San Gianuario in Porto Torres, Sardinia during the persecutions Emperor Diocletian in 304 AD. Widely venerated in Sardinia and neighboring Corsica, he is also the patron saint of Camposano near Naples.
 
In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Gavinus. The accompanying photo, courtesy of Anthony Scillia, was taken at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Evviva San Gavino!

Prayer to Saint Gavinus 

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the examples of St. Gavinus may effectually move us to reform our lives; that while we celebrate his feast, we may also imitate his actions. Look upon our weakness, almighty God, and since the burden of our own deeds weighs heavily upon us, may the glorious intercession of St. Gavinus protect us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco

San Vincenzo Martire, ora pro nobis
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
The fourth Sunday of October is the Feast of San Vincenzo, Legionnaire and Martyr. He is the patron Saint of Craco in Basilicata (Lucania). In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint Vincent.(1) The accompanying photo of the reclining statue of San Vincenzo and relic was taken at Most Precious Blood Church (113 Baxter St.) in Little Italy, New York. The picture of the standing statue was taken during the 2012 Feast of San Vincenzo Martire at now closed Saint Joseph's Church (5 Monroe Street) in Manhattan, the national shrine of San Vincenzo. For more on Saint Vincent's Feast Day please visit the Craco Society and the San Fele Society. Evviva San Vincenzo!
Prayer to St. Vincent,
Patron of Craco, Lucania


O strong and glorious St. Vincent, our distinguished patron, who had the honor of giving your life for loyal testimony to Jesus Christ, turn your loving gaze on us who by wise design of providence, are, the unworthy, fortunate guardians of your relics.

Teach us, oh, generous Martyr, the tenacity to do good in the way in which you serve as model, having preserved good intentions even when you were violently torn from the quiet life of our family.

Communicate with our souls a little of the great love which you showed evidence of in your lifetime. Pray to the Lord Jesus
that because the generosity of your love of the Cross, that our hearts will be evermore enkindled. Present to Jesus, sweet friend of our souls and crown of Martyrs our earnest desire to support courageously, like you, every suffering of our lives, Amen


(1) A Prayer to St. Vincent courtesy of the San Felese Society

October 24, 2020

Feast of San Raffaele Arcangelo

San Raffaele Arcangelo, ora pro nobis
Deus, qui beátum Raphaélem Archàngelum Tobiæ fámulo tuo cómitem dedísti in via: concéde nobis fámulis tuis; ut ejúsdem semper protegámur custódia, et muniámur auxilio. Per Dóminum.
October 24th is the Feast of San Raffaele Arcangelo (St. Raphael the Archangel), patron saint of travelers, happy meetings, matchmakers, healers and the blind. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Raphael in Latin and English. The accompanying photo of Tobias and the Angel (c. 1622) by Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, better known as Battistello, was taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Evviva San Raffaele Arcangelo!
Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel
O God, Who to thy servant Tobias when on his journey didst give blessed Raphael, the archangel, as a companion, grant us, Thy servants, that we may ever be protected by his guardianship and strengthened by his assistance. Through our Lord.

Christ the King Latin Mass at St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven, Connecticut

The Feast of Christ the King will be observed in a celebration of Solemn Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street in New Haven, on Sunday, 25 October, at 2:00 pm. Father Richard Cipolla, Pastor emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk will be the celebrant and homilist, and Father Robert Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford, will be the Deacon. Members of the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant and polyphony for the service.

Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in his Encyclical Letter of Quas primas of 1925. In this letter showed how laïcism and secularism, by organizing society without any reference to God, lead to the apostasy of the masses and the ruin of society because of their complete denial of Christ’s Kingship, which is one of the greatest heresies of our time. The Pope proposed this feast as an annual liturgical assertion of Christ’s divine right of Kingship as an effective means of combating this pernicious heresy.

By its position on the last Sunday in October, towards the end of the Liturgical Year and just before the All Saints Day, the feast of Christ the King comes at the climax of the celebration of all Christ’s mysteries and a kind of earthly anticipation of his everlasting reign over the elect in the glory of heaven.

Music for the liturgy will include William Byrd’s “Mass for Three Voices” and the Mass proper for the feast of Christ the King (“Dignus est agnus”), and organ music.

Upcoming Requiem Masses at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York City

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.

October 23, 2020

Feast of San Vero di Salerno

San Vero Vescovo, ora pro nobis
October 23rd is the Feast of San Vero (St. Verus), third Bishop of Salerno. His patronal Feast is commemorated on October 15th. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Verus. The accompanying photo, courtesy of Andrew Giordano, was taken at the Basilica Cattedrale SS. Matteo e Gregorio in Salerno. Evviva San Vero!

Prayer to St. Verus of Salerno


Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the examples of St. Verus of Salerno may effectually move us to reform our lives; that while we celebrate his festival, we may also imitate his actions. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


Look upon our Weakness, almighty God, and since the burden of our own deeds weighs heavily upon us, may the glorious intercession of St. Verus protect us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Eucharistic Procession and Patriotic Rosary in Kearny, New Jersey

October 22, 2020

Paying Our Respects to the Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Ambrosio at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Newark, New Jersey

Rest in Peace Monsignor; you will be sorely missed

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Unable to attend the wake or funeral, a few of us visited Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (259 Oliver St.) in Newark, New Jersey Tuesday morning to finally pay our respects and pray for the happy repose of the soul of the Very Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Ambrosio, Pastor and Knight Official of Ecclesiastical Grace of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. Fortunately, we were given the opportunity to explore the church and rectory’s many treasures, venerate some of the relics, and recall our many fond memories with Monsignor. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Requiescat in pace.

(L) Santa Giovanna d'Arco (Jeanne d'Arc). (R) Santa Caterina d'Alessandria
 (L) Madonna di Constantinopoli. (R) Sant'Alfonso Maria de Liguori 
(L) A beautiful icon of Our Lady in the sanctuary.
(R) Sacred Heart of Jesus bye-altar with Madonna del Rosario di Pompei
(L) Monsignor's private shrine to the Madonna di Montevergine.
(R) Bejeweled icon of Our Lady of Montevergine in the sanctuary 

(L) Bye-altar with the Bambino Gesu di Praga
(R) Monsignor's private shrine to the Infant of Prague
Various Saints, including Santa Maria Goretti, Santa Lucia Filippini,
Sant'Antonio da Padova, and San Sebastiano
(L) Various Saints, including San Giovanni Bosco, Beato Giovanni Battista Scalabrini, Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, and St. Marcellin Champagnat.
(R) Several Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War

Various Saints, including Santa Teresa di Gesù Bambino (St. Thérèse of Lisieux), Santa Teresa Benedetta della Croce (Edith Stein), San Simone Stock,
Santa Filomena di Roma, and San Tommaso D'Aquino
(L) Relic of the True Cross. (R) Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(L) San Gioacchino and Sant'Anna. (R) San Giuseppe
(L) San Gregorio Magno. (R) San Giacomo il Maggiore 
(L) Beata Maria Maddalena della Passione. (R) Beato Bartolo Longo
The church boasts several display cases filled with relics 
A collection of Carmelite relics
Blessed Andrea Calle González, Sister of Charity
martyred in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War

(L) Maria SS. del Carmine detta "La Bruna." (R) A piece of the tree
where St. Wolfgang preached and baptized in Thalmässing, Bavaria
Monsignor's private shrine to Blessed Emperor Karl I of Austria
and his beloved wife Servant of God Empress Zita
(L) Infant of Prague being restored in the church workshop.
(R) Monsignor's private statuette of the Bambino Gesu di Praga
Sacristan Eric Lavin was kind enough to show us Monsignor's
vestments with the coat-of-arms of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

Painted ceramic tiles from the Azores depicting St. Joseph with a young Jesus and San Michele Arcangelo in the church gardens