February 28, 2021

Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (March 1st — 7th)

The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents
128 West 37th Street, NYC 100018

Monday, March 1st - Feria of Lent, 3rd Class - Low Mass,  6:00 p.m. 


Tuesday, March 2nd - Feria of Lent, 3rd Class - Low Mass,  6:00 p.m. 


LENTEN SERIES: On the Tuesdays of Lent (March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th), Father Peter Stravinskas will lead us in reflections on the Holy Eucharist coming from sacred music, art and literature. The sessions will take place in the Parish Hall, following the 6 p.m. Mass. Meditation the Blessed Sacrament is always important, but it has special relevance during the holy Season of Lent. Make this program a key element in your Lenten observances -- and bring a friend.


Wednesday, March 3rd - Feria of Lent, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m. 


Thursday, March 4th - Feria of Lent with Commemoration of St. Casimir, St. Lucius I, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m. 

 

Friday, March 5th - Feria of Lent, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 


WAY OF THE CROSS: The devotion of the Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday of Lent here at Holy Innocents beginning at 12:45 p.m. (in between the 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. Masses) and also following the 6:00 p.m. Latin Mass. 


FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS 

Friday of this week, March 5th, is the First Friday of the month. The All-Night Vigil will be reinstituted here at Holy Innocents. The Schedule will be as follows: Following the 6:00 p.m. Mass there will be the usual Holy Hour of Reparation in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed throughout the night for adoration. Beginning at 9:00 p.m., every hour on the hour there will be a Rosary recited and/or brief devotions giving ample time for private adoration and silence throughout the night. Booklets and a detailed schedule will be provided for you at the Vigil. The Church Hall as well as the bathrooms will be open all night and there will be two Coffee Hours. The Vigil will close with Benediction and Holy Mass according to the Tridentine Rite in Latin at 6:00 a.m. 


As has been done over the last few months when we had all night adoration, on the First Friday the church doors will be closed shortly after the Holy Hour (around 8:15 p.m.) and will only reopen to let the people out of the church following the 6:00 p.m. Mass. If you need to leave during the night you must do so through the alleyway, and someone must accompany you to relock that door for everyone's safety. 


Saturday, March 6th - Feria of Lent with Commemoration of Ss. Perpetua and Felicity, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 1:00 p.m. 


FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS 

Saturday, February 6th, is the First Saturday of February. The First Saturday Devotions will take place following the 1:00 p.m. Mass, consisting of the recitation of the Holy Rosary, a guided 15 minute meditation on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, and Eucharistic Reparation and adoration in imitation of the Angel of Peace. 


The devotions last about one hour. Please plan on attending to answer the request of Our Lady to Sr. Lucia: “You at least try to console me.” 


EUCHARISTIC ROSARY PROCESSION TO PARKMED 

In connection with the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign, there will be a Eucharistic Rosary Procession to Parkmed NYC on Saturday, March 13th leaving at 11:30 a.m. from Holy Innocents Church. As is done each December 28th, the 20 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary will be prayed to and from the abortion mill as well as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be given at the clinic and again upon return to the church. The procession will return to Holy Innocents in time for the 1:00 p.m. Latin Mass. Please spread the word and plan to attend as a witness to the sanctity of human life in the womb. 


Sunday, March 7th - Third Sunday of Lent, 1st Class - Low Mass, 9:00 a.m., Chant Mass, 10:30 a.m. 


Source: February 28, 2021 Bulletin

February 27, 2021

Feast of San Gabriele dell’Addolorata

San Gabriele, ora pro nobis
February 27th is the Feast of San Gabriele dell’Addolorata (Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows), seminarian, mystic and Passionist brother of the Holy Cross. Protector of the Abruzzo Region of Southern Italy, he is also the Patron Saint of students, clerics and young people.
In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Gabriel. The accompanying photo was taken at St. Francis of Paola Church (219 Conselyea Street) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Evviva San Gabriele!
Prayer to Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
O Good Saint Gabriel, God inspired you to see the Passion of Jesus as it was reflected in the heart of Mary His Mother. By her side you stood beneth the cross of Jesus, gazing on Him as she did and learning the meaning of love. O Saint Gabriel, we wish, like you, to grow in love for God and all God’s people. Remember us in our trials, remember especially those who are young. Support us by your prayers all our days. And when this life is done may we join you in heaven in the company of Jesus and Mary. Amen.

February 26, 2021

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February 24, 2021

Feast of Beato Tommaso Maria Fusco

Beato Tommaso Maria Fusco, ora pro nobis
February 24th is the feast of Beato Tommaso Maria Fusco, Priest and Confessor. Born to a noble family in Pagani, Salerno on December 1, 1831, Tommaso was the seventh of eight children. Losing both parents at an early age, the children were raised and educated by their fraternal uncle, who was a priest and school teacher. Extremely pious, Tommaso entered the seminary in 1847 and was ordained a priest on December 22, 1855. Joining the Congregation of Missionaries of Nocera, he travelled around the Kingdom of Naples for a few years to preach. Opening a school of moral theology in his home, he also founded the Priestly Society of the Catholic Apostolate to support missions and the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood to care for orphans. He died in Pagani on February 24, 1891. 

In celebration, I’m posting a prayer for the Glorification of Blessed Tommaso Maria Fusco. Pictured are the front and back of my reliquary pin with second class relic (ex indumentis). Evviva Beato Tommaso Maria Fusco!


Prayer


O God, Father of life, in the Blood of Christ, your Son and our Redeemer, you manifested your love for the world, you established the new and eternal alliance, you made up for us source of all holiness. Accept this humble prayer: grant, if it is in your will, full glorification among your saints by the priest Tommaso Maria Fusco, and, through his intercession, the grace that I ask of you (mention your request here…) so that I too can put me in service of your plan of salvation and witness the charity of Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Observing Lenten Embertide

Blood of Christ, shed profusely
in the Scourging, save us
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 the Scourging at the Pillar was taken at the Shrine Church & Parish of the Holy Innocents (128 West 37th St.) in New York City.

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.

Happy Birthday Prince Carlo di Borbone!

HRH was born in Saint Raphaël, France on February 24, 1963 
Photo courtesy of Real Casa di Borbone
Happy Birthday Prince Carlo di Borbone – Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George! We pray that your special day be filled with the glory and wonder of God’s abiding love, and may you feel His presence throughout the coming year. Peace be upon you. 
Auguri!

February 22, 2021

Feast of the Chair of San Pietro Apostolo at Antioch

San Pietro Apostolo, ora pro nobis
February 22nd is the Feast of the Chair of San Pietro Apostolo (St. Peter the Apostle) at Antioch, a celebration of the first Pope’s foundation of the See of Antioch before going to Rome. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Peter the Apostle. The accompanying photo of Saint Peter Enthroned was taken at St. Ann’s Church in Hoboken, New Jersey. Evviva San Pietro!

Prayer to St. Peter the Apostle 

O Holy Apostle, because you are the Rock upon which Almighty God has built His church; obtain for me I pray you, lively faith, firm hope and burning love; complete detachment from myself, contempt of the world, patience in adversity, humility in prosperity, recollection in prayer, purity of heart, a right intention in all my works, diligence in fulfilling the duties of my state of life, constancy in my resolutions, resignation to the will of God and perseverance in the grace of God even unto death; that so, by means of your intercession and your glorious merits, I may be worthy to appear before the chief and eternal Shepherd of souls, Jesus Christ, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever. Amen.

February 21, 2021

Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (February 22nd — 28th)

The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents
128 West 37th Street, NYC 100018

Monday, February 22nd - Chair of St. Peter with Commemoration of St. Paul, 2nd Class - High Mass, 6:00PM 


Tuesday, February 23rd - Feria of Lent with Commemoration of St. Peter Damian, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00PM


LENTEN SERIES: On the Tuesdays of Lent (February 23rd; March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th), Father Peter Stravinskas will lead us in reflections on the Holy Eucharist coming from sacred music, art and literature. The sessions will take place in the Parish Hall, following the 6 p.m. Mass. Meditation the Blessed Sacrament is always important, but it has special relevance during the holy Season of Lent. Make this program a key element in your Lenten observances -- and bring a friend. 

Wednesday, February 24th - St. Matthias, Apostle, 2nd Class - High Mass, 6:00PM 


Thursday, February 25th - Feria of Lent, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00PM 


Friday, February 26th - Ember Friday, 2nd Class - High Mass, 6:00PM 


WAY OF THE CROSS: The devotion of the Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday of Lent here at Holy Innocents beginning at 12:45 p.m. (in between the 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. Masses) and also following the 6:00 p.m. Latin Mass. 


LENTEN INDULGENCE: Please note well that on Lenten Fridays, a plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who, after Communion, recite the “Prayer before a Crucifix.” 


Saturday, February 27th - Ember Saturday, 2nd Class - High Mass, 1:00PM 


Sunday, February 28th - Second Sunday of Lent, 1st Class - Low Mass, 9:00AM and Chant Mass, 10:30AM  


Source: February 21, 2021 Bulletin

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February 20, 2021

Feast of San Leone di Catania

San Leone di Catania, ora pro nobis
February 20th is the Feast of San Leone di Catania, Bishop and Wonderworker (thaumaturge). Patron saint of Rometta (ME), Longi (ME), Sinagra (ME) and Saracena (CS), he was renowned for his compassion, charity and many healing miracles.
Though kind and generous, the beloved Bishop was not one to be trifled with. According to popular legend, a wicked and troublesome magician named Heliodorus (Eliodoro) would regularly harass San Leone and cause disturbances during Mass. Sowing confusion and doubt among the laity with black magic, the fiend repeatedly refused San Leone’s requests to cease and repent.

Fed up with sorcerer’s impudence, and fearful for the wellbeing of his parishioners, San Leone ordered a bonfire built in the piazza. Dragging Heliodorus by his collar, together they leaped onto the burning pyre. Consumed by the flames the charlatan was immolated, leaving behind a pile of smoldering ash. Dusting off his omophorion (shoulder vestment), San Leone returned to the church unscathed and triumphant.
In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to San Leone di Catania. The accompanying image of San Leone defeating Heliodorus is in the Chiesa del Santissimo Crocifisso Santa Maria di Licodia in Catania. Evviva San Leone di Catania!
Prayer to San Leone di Catania
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the examples of San Leone di Catania may effectually move us to reform our lives; that while we celebrate his festival, 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 Leone protect us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

February 19, 2021

Feast of the Crown of Thorns

Lord Jesus, have mercy on us

The Holy Crown is for the faithful soul a source of merit.. [it] will merit for you a crown of glory... A single soul performing her actions in union with the merits of My Holy Crown may gain more than many others. ~ Jesus to Sr. Marie Martha Chambon

The first Friday of Lent is the Feast of the Crown of Thorns, Festum susceptionis coronae Domini. Originally instituted in 1239, after the solemn translation of the holy relic from Constantinople to Paris by St. Louis IX of France, the feast spread throughout Europe and was kept on various dates. Eventually adopted at Rome as a double major in 1831, it is observed on the Friday following Ash Wednesday. In celebration, I’m posting The Crown of Thorns Prayer. The accompanying photo of the Crown of Thorns and Holy Nails was taken at the Church of St. Boniface (109 Willoughby St.) in Brooklyn, New York. Viva Cristo Re!


The Crown of Thorns Prayer


Dear Lord, I am grieved when I consider Thy sad condition when Thou wore the Crown of Thorns upon Thy holy Head. I desire to withdraw the thorns by offering to the Eternal Father the merits of Thy Wounds for the salvation of sinners. I wish to unite my actions to the merits of Thy Most Holy Crown, so that they may gain many merits, as Thou hast promised. Amen.

The "Prayer Before a Crucifix" Lenten Indulgence

The Return Crucifix at the Shrine
Church of the Holy Innocents
Please note well that on Lenten Fridays, a plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who, after Communion, recite the “Prayer before a Crucifix.” 
Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus, while before Your face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and implore You to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Your five wounds, pondering over them within me, having in mind the words which David Your prophet said of You, my Jesus: “They pierced My hands and My feet; they numbered all My bones.”

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. Etc., for the intentions of the Holy Father. 
Source: The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents (128 W 37th St., NYC) February 23, 2020 bulletin

February 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday (Mercoledì delle Ceneri)

Corajisima at the Casa della Cultura
in Palmi, Calabria (Photo courtesy of
Calabria: The Other Italy)
Remember man that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the period preceding Easter devoted to fasting, abstinence and penitence in memory of the forty days Our Lord Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness. A day for contemplating our mortality, crosses are ceremonially drawn on the forehead with blessed ashes made from the burned palm fronds from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. The ashes remind us that life is fleeting and that we need to repent and turn our hearts towards God. In celebration, I’m posting A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

The accompanying photo of Corajisima, the mourning wife of Carnevale, is a traditional Southern Italian rag doll personifying abstinence during the Lenten season. She holds a spindle and distaff, which represents the passing of time during the 40 days of penitence. Beneath her hangs a lemon (sometimes an orange, potato or onion) with seven feathers stuck in it. Each Sunday a feather is removed, counting down the weeks. The final feather is plucked on Easter, signaling the arrival of spring and the Resurrection.

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Gracious God, today begins a period of inner reflection and examination. The days stretch before me and invite me inward to that silent, holy space that holds your Spirit. This special time beckons me to see my life through Christ's eyes and the truth and reality of your love incarnate. Give me the grace to enter the space of these days with anticipation of our meeting. And, when I open my soul to your presence, let your loving kindness flow over me and seep into the pockets of my heart. I ask this for the sake of your love.

February 16, 2021

Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus

Chapel inside Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey

By offering My Face to My Eternal Father, nothing will be refused, and the conversion of many sinners will be obtained. ~ Our Lord to Sr. Mary of St. Peter

O Lord, show us Thy Face & we shall be saved
Martedì Grasso (Shrove Tuesday) is the Feast of the Holy Face of Jesus. Revealed to Sr. Mary of St. Peter by Our Lord in the 1840s, the express purpose of the devotion was to make reparation for the many insults Jesus suffered in His Passion as well as the neglect, sacrileges and profanations of the Blessed Sacrament today. In celebration, I’m posting The Golden Arrow, an act of reparation and praise dictated by Our Lord to Sr. Mary of St. Peter. The accompanying photo (above) of the chapel with life-size replicas of the Holy Shroud of Turin and mosaic of the Holy Face was taken at Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey. The image (Right) of the Holy Face is from St. Veronica's veil, or Sudarium, kept in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Viva Cristo Re!

The Golden Arrow


May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most incomprehensible and unutterable Name of God be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth, by all the creatures of God, and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.

Fat Tuesday and the Death of Carnevale

Ragù Napoletano, my family's traditional Fat Tuesday dinner 
The celebration of Carnevale (Latin for “farewell to flesh”) concludes on Martedì Grasso, or Fat Tuesday. In anticipation of the austerity of Lent, revelers partake in final indulgences before fasting and penitence. In Southern Italy the day is typically marked with parades, fireworks and plenty of merrymaking. Large meals consisting of local delicacies, meat and other items eschewed during Lent are greedily enjoyed one last time before the fast. In Naples, the festivities traditionally culminate with the ritual “death” of Carnevale ('A morte 'e Carnevale). Laid out to rest on a decorated funeral bier, a straw effigy personifying the dissolute season is drawn in procession through the crowded streets. Between laments, laughter and revelries, the figure of the self-indulgent Carnevale is immolated and reduced to ashes on a funeral pyre, singling the end of the festive period. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer for Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday Prayer
Lord, give us grace to inaugurate with holy fasting the defenses of Christian warfare, so that we who are to fight against spiritual wickedness, may be helped and strengthened by self-denial.

Feast of Santa Giuliana di Nicomedia (St. Juliana)

Santa Giuliana, ora pro nobis
February 16th is the Feast of Santa Giuliana di Nicomedia (c.285-c.305), Virgin and Martyr. Protector of Frasso Telesino (BN) and Frattamaggiore (NA), she is the patron saint of pregnant women and the sick. 
According to tradition, Giuliana was born to a noble family in Nicomedia. She converted to Christianity and refused to marry her betrothed, who was a pagan. Denounced as a Christian, she was tortured and eventually beheaded during the great persecutions under Emperor Diocletian. She was only 18 years old. 
Her remains were to be transferred to Rome, but ended up at Cuma when the ship sank off the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. [Alternate versions claim she was originally from Cuma and the Nicomedian birth and translation were later embellishments to her story.] 
In 1207 the saint’s relics were translated to Naples, after Cuma was conquered by the Neapolitans. They are currently preserved in the crypt of San Guglielmo at the Santuario di Montevergine in Avellino. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Juliana of Nicomedia. Evviva Santa Giuliana!
Prayer to St. Juliana of Nicomedia
Lord God, You gave St. Juliana the crown of eternal joy because she gave her life rather than renounce the virginity she had promised in witness to Christ. Encouraged by her generosity, help us to rise out of the bondage of our earthly desires and attain to the glory of your kingdom. 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 

February 15, 2021

Rules of Fasting and Abstinence

From antiquity, Christians have practiced penance on Wednesdays (the day Our Lord was betrayed) and Fridays (when Christ was crucified). Wednesdays and Fridays remain days of penance in most Eastern Catholic Churches (and among the Orthodox), and in some monastic and religious communities of the Roman Church. Catholics observe Fridays as weekly penitential days on which abstinence from meat and other forms are expected as the norm.

Days of Abstinence (obliges one to abstain from flesh meat. This does not apply to dairy products, eggs, or condiments and shortening made from animal fat. All cold-blooded animals may be eaten (e.g., frogs, clams, turtles, etc.)) 


Current Law: Obligatory at age 14 until death on Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Fridays including Good Friday. Recommended on Holy Saturday but not required. 


Traditional: Obligatory at age 7 until death on Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Fridays including Good Friday as well as on Saturdays including Holy Saturday, and Lenten Embertide (Wednesday, February 24th, Friday, February 26th, & Saturday, February 27th; partial abstinence Monday thru Thursday [meat can be eaten at the principal meal on these days.]) 


Days of Fasting (One full meal is permitted and two other meals may be taken which, when combined, are less than a full meal; no eating in between meals but liquids are allowed, including milk and fruit juices.) 


Current Law: Applies to Catholics aged 18 to 59 inclusive, on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday only. Recommended on Holy Saturday but not required. 


Traditional: All days of Lent including Holy Week except Sundays and Feasts of the 1st Class: March 17th (St. Patrick); March 19th (St. Joseph); March 25th (Annunciation). 


The more ancient (traditional) practices of fast and abstinence, while not obligatory, are praiseworthy. To be excused from fasting/abstinence for pregnancy, hard labor, hypoglycemia, diabetics, etc., one should request a dispensation form his/her pastor. The obligation to fast and abstain is a serious one and should not be taken lightly! Penance serves to rectify our self-centeredness, to make up for sins (our own and those of others), to strengthen our wills and to guide us in the steps of our Savior. It can be a very pure form of love for God, and can be offered up for the conversion of sinners and the relief of the souls in Purgatory. 


Source: February 14, 2021 Bulletin

Photo of the Week: Detail of the Triumphal Arch at the Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino) (3)

Detail of the Triumphal Arch at the Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), Napoli.
The Renaissance masterpiece commemorates the arrival of Alfonso I
to Naples in 1443.
 
Photo by Andrew Giordano

February 14, 2021

Feast of San Nostriano di Napoli

San Nostriano Vescovo, ora pro nobis
February 14th is the patronal Feast of San Nostriano, Bishop of Naples. A stalwart defender of the Faith against the Arian, Manichean and Pelagian heresies, he famously gave refuge to persecuted Christians fleeing the conquest of North Africa and the sacking of Carthage by the Arian Vandals. San Nostriano is also commemorated on August 16th, after the discovery of his relics in a stone urn in the now deconsecrated Chiesa San Gennaro all’Olmo on August 16, 1612.

In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Nostrianus. The accompanying photo, courtesy of Andrew Giordano, was taken at the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta in Napoli. Evviva San Nostriano!


Prayer to St. Nostrianus 


O Glorious St. Nostrianus, 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

Feast of Sant'Antonino di Sorrento

Sant'Antonino Abate, ora pro nobis
February 14th is the Feast Day of Sant'Antonino Abate (Saint Antoninus of Sorrento), protector of Campagna (SA) and Sorrento (NA). 
Born circa 550 AD in Campagna, a small town in the Province of Salerno, Sant'Antonino entered a local Benedictine monastery (some sources say it was the Abbey of Monte Cassino). Forced to flee due to pillaging Lombards, he withdrew to Castellammare di Stabia where he lived as a hermit on Monte Aureo (now Monte Faito), the highest peak of the Lattari Mountains. Following a vision, he erected a sanctuary on the mountain top in honor of Saint Michael the Archangel with the help of his friend Saint Catellus (San Catello Vescovo). Popular among the people of Sorrento, Sant'Antonino eventually succeeded Saint Catellus as abbot of the Monastery of Sant'Agrippino.
Sant'Antonino is reputed to have performed many miracles, including saving Sorrento from Saracen attacks in 1354 and 1358. It is said that he was buried, according to his dying wishes, within the city's ancient walls, thus making them impregnable. During a Lombard attack, the section containing the saint's remains withstood the assault. Legend tells us that Prince Sicard of Benevento was haunted (and beaten!) in his dreams by Sant'Antonino's cudgel wielding apparition until he lifted the siege. 
The Saint, however, is best remembered for rescuing a young child from a giant cetacean. According to the legend, several children were playing along the seashore when a sea creature sprung up and swallowed the boy whole. The child's distraught mother immediately sought help from Antonino. A crowed followed the holy man to the coast, where he called on them to pray for the child's safety. Miraculously, the monster returned and immediately released the frightened, but unharmed, child from its gaping maw.
In celebration, I'm posting a Prayer to Sant'Antonino Abate. The accompanying photo of Sant'Antonino Abate by Tommaso Solari was taken in Piazza Tasso during my 2007 visit to Sorrento.
Prayer to Sant'Antonino Abate
Glorious Sant'Antonino, beloved patron of Sorrento, you served God in humility and confidence on earth. In common supplication we turn to you, holy Father Antonino, our gentle patron, asking you to protect this city by the aid of your intercession. May its people be ever devoted to Christ and to you, by serving God and by loving and honoring you. Amen

Feast of San Valentino Martire

San Valentino Martire, ora pro nobis
February 14th is the Feast of San Valentino (Saint Valentine’s Day), Bishop and Martyr. He is the patron saint of happy marriages, love, courtship and beekeepers, as well as protector of citrus crops and protection against epilepsy and plague. Widely venerated across Southern Italy, he is the principal patron of San Valentino Torio (SA), Vico del Gargano (FG), Abriola (PZ), San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore (PE) and Mafalda (CB), among others. In celebration, I’m posting a Prayer to Saint Valentine. The accompanying photo was taken from an old ad promoting the feast in Vico del Gargano. Evviva San Valentino!
Prayer to Saint Valentine
Dear Saint and glorious martyr, teach us to love unselfishly and to find great joy in giving. Enable all true lovers to bring out the best in each other. Let them love each other in God and in God in each other. Amen.

Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (February 15th — 21st)

The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents
128 West 37th Street, NYC 100018

Monday, February 15th - Ss. Faustinus & Jovita, Martyrs, 4th Class - Low Mass, 6:00PM


Holy Innocents will offer the opportunity to consecrate oneself to St. Joseph during this Year dedicated to him. The Consecration Day ceremony will take place on his Feast Day, March 19th following the 12 noon and 6:00 p.m. Masses. The book by Marian Father Donald Calloway Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father is needed for this and is available in the Gift Shop in the Parish Office. The 33-day preparation begins on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15! Also, there will be weekly one-hour gatherings in the Parish Hall for those who wish on the following Saturdays following the 1:00 p.m. Mass as a summary of the readings and to pray together to St. Joseph: February 20th & 27th, March 6th & 13th. You do not have to attend these meetings in order to make the Consecration, but you must keep up with the daily preparation. 


Tuesday, February 16th - FEAST OF THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS, Votive Mass of the Holy Face of Jesus, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00PM 


Eucharistic Holy Hour of Reparation in honor of the Holy Face of Jesus every third Tuesday of the month following the 6:00 p.m. Mass. Next Holy Hour: February 16—Feast 


Wednesday, February 17th - Ash Wednesday, 1st Class - Low Mass, 8:00AM and High Mass, 6:00PM 


ASH WEDNESDAY 

Wednesday, February 17th 

HOLY MASSES 

7:00 & 7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. (Latin Low Mass) 12:15, 1:15
6:00 p.m. (Traditional Latin High Mass) 

DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY ASHES 

7:30 - 9:00 A.M 11:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. 5:00-7:00 P.M. 

CONFESSIONS 

7:30-8:30 A.M. 12 NOON - 1:30 P.M. 5:00-6:00 P.M. 

EXPOSITION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT 

9:00 a.m., until 12 noon and 2:00—6:00 p.m. 


Thursday, February 18th - Thursday after Ash Wednesday, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00PM  


Friday, February 19th - FEAST OF THE CROWN OF THORNS, Votive Mass of the Holy Crown of Thorns of Our Lord Jesus, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00PM 


WAY OF THE CROSS: The devotion of the Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday of Lent here at Holy Innocents beginning at 12:45 p.m. (in between the 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. Masses) and also following the 6:00 p.m. Latin Mass. 


LENTEN INDULGENCE: Please note well that on Lenten Fridays, a plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who, after Communion, recite the “Prayer before a Crucifix.” 


Saturday, February 20th - Saturday after Ash Wednesday, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 1:00PM 


Sunday, February 21st - First Sunday of Lent, 1st Class - Chant Mass, 9:00AM and 10:30AM  


Source: February 14, 2021 Bulletin