April 30, 2021

Feast of Santa Caterina da Siena

Santa Caterina da Siena, ora pro nobis
April 30th is the Feast of Santa Caterina da Siena (1347-1380), Virgin, Mystic, Stigmatic, Dominican tertiary, and Doctor of the Church. Invoked against fire, sickness, sexual temptation, and miscarriages, she is also the patron saint of nurses, firefighters and those who are derided for their faith. In 1999, along with St. Gertrude of Sweden and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (St. Edith Stein), she was proclaimed co-patroness of Europe by St. Pope John Paul II, thus joining St. Benedict of Nursia, and Saints Cyril and Methodius as the continent's special protectors. In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to St. Catherine of Siena for expectant mothers. The accompanying photo was taken at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Franklin Square, Long Island. Evviva Santa Caterina da Siena!

Prayer to St. Catherine of Siena for expectant mothers

Humble virgin and Doctor of the Church, in thirty-three years you achieved great perfection and became the counselor of Popes. You know the temptations of mothers today as well as the dangers that await unborn infants. Intercede for me that I may avoid miscarriage and bring forth a healthy baby who will become a true child of God. Also pray for all mothers, that they may not resort to abortion but help bring a new life into the world. Amen.

Celebrating the 100th Wedding Anniversary of Filomena Breglio and Giuseppe Maria Toscano

Celebrants outside Most Precious Blood Church in Little Italy, New York
Photo courtesy of Tony Montemuro
Today [Tuesday, April 27th], we commemorate the 100th wedding anniversary of Filomena Breglio and Giuseppe Maria Toscano—our maternal grandparents. 

It’s an American Story...made in Italy! 

Joe came to American in 1899 under permission of the King of Italy- Umberto I, to what he expected were “streets paved in gold” -- together with his mother Maria Antonia, dad Giovanni, sister Angelina and brother Domenico. 

Approximately 5 years later, Giovanni was killed during a workers’ organization protest on the docks of the lower east side. While it made Nonna question America and why they were here (wearing black for the rest of her life—over 50 years later), it made Joe determined to do and be more. 

Filomena and Giuseppe Toscano
Joe dropped out of school at age 14 to provide for his family. First, he worked at Eisner’s Clothing factory—leaving nights to go to the public library to read newspapers and teach himself English. By the way, he had NO accent. 

Later in 1918, Joe served his country (not his former country) in WWI. He shared with me when the government asked him if he had any problem fighting against his country. He replied, “I’m fighting for MY country when I serve.” They immediately enlisted him. 

Thereafter in 1920, he met Filomena Breglio at a local pharmacy after which they began a courtship...part of which was a deal. It was a “three-fer”—when you marry me, you get me, my mother and my little brother too! “Minny” (as he called her) lovingly agreed and continued to care for them and her own children for years after. She was, after all, used to a crowd—being one of 18 children. 

Together Joe and Minny had 4 children—Frances who is currently 99, and those children now gone, Catherine, Helen and Marie (aka Maria Antonietta—a theme). 

While Minny cared for Nonna, Dom, and her own children, Joe initially worked as a runner on Wall Street and finally at the Post Office—green truck #15119 remaining with the Post Office until retirement. 

They first lived in what is now China Town, then on Avenue B by Tompkins Square, and later at #3 Avenue C in Brooklyn. They spent their final years living with Fran and husband Dan in Jamaica. 

Filomena and Joe had 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren by their final ages of 80 and 92. 

Filomena often admonished others: “don’t worship the stars (celebrities), worship the saints.” Who were the saints they appreciated most?—St. Rocco, St. Veronica, St. Francis, St. Joseph, Santa Maria, and San Antonio! (the theme continues). 

Their focus during life was simple—education, faith, family, and love of country—the USA, whose streets weren’t, in fact, paved in gold, but which YOU could YOURSELF pave with industry, hard work, education and determination. “You can become anything you want in America!” they’d often say. 

They might be embarrassed by the attention today, but it is a well-deserved testament to them and their legacies which we now honor. 

With gratitude and thanksgiving for them, their lives, their examples, and the sacrifices they made which have benefitted us all, these 100 years later. 

May God continue to bless them and keep them and their children with a special blessing for Frances on her upcoming 100th birthday! 

Grazie mille ed baccioni per i nostri nonni Filomena e Giuseppe!! Rendiamo grazie a Dio perche e una cosa buona e giusta!

~ Submitted by Tony Montemurro, April 29, Feast of San Severo di Napoli

April 29, 2021

Feast of San Severo di Napoli

San Severo di Napoli, ora pro nobis
April 29th is the Feast of San Severo di Napoli, Bishop (363-409), Confessor and Miracle worker. Credited with founding several churches in Naples, including the Basilica di San Giorgio Maggiore, San Severo also built the monumental Battistero di San Giovanni in Fonte, the oldest baptistery in Western Christendom. It is often alleged he had San Genaro’s relics translated from Pozzuoli to the catacombs of Naples, but that honor actually belongs to Giovanni I, the city’s fourteenth Bishop.

According to an eleventh century account of the saint’s life, San Severo brought a dead man back to life to save his wife from an unscrupulous creditor. Threatening a poor widow and her young children with slavery, the man claimed her deceased husband put them up as collateral for a loan. Unable to convince the man to reconsider, San Severo brought him and several witnesses to the late husband’s sepulcher, and raised him from the dead. Confronted by the husband, the fraudster was forced to admit he lied about the debt and quickly made himself scarce.

Together with the Madonna del Soccorso and San Severino Abate, he is the patron saint of San Severo in Provincia di Foggia, Apulia. 

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

Prayer to St. Severus of Naples

O Glorious St. Severus of Naples 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

Novena & Consecration to San Michele Arcangelo

The Archangel Michael smiting Lucifer, 16th century painting by Giovanni Angelo d'Amato da Maiori, Duomo di Ravello, Campania. Photos by New York Scugnizzo
April 29th — May 7th (Feast of the Apparition, May 8th)

Consecration to St. Michael

St. 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, 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.

St. 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.

San Michele Arcangelo by Renato Rossi,
Vietri sul Mare, Salerno
Novena Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His people, I turn to thee with confidence and seek thy powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who made thee so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer. Thou dost know the value of my soul in the eyes of God. May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty. Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me. I desire to imitate thy loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and thy great love for God and men. And since thou art God's messenger for the care of His people, I entrust to thee this special request: (Here mention your request).

St. Michael, since thou art, by the will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in thy prayers. I earnestly trust that if it is God's holy will, my petition will be granted.

Pray for me, St. Michael, and also for those I love. Protect us in all dangers of body and soul. Help us in our daily needs. Through thy powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death and reach Heaven where we may praise and love God with thee forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

April 27, 2021

Feast of the Madonna di Monserrato

Madonna di Monserrato, ora pro nobis
April 27th is the Feast of the Madonna di Monserrato, Patroness of Catalonia, Spain and Vallelonga in Provincia di Vibo Valentia in Calabria. According to tradition, the miraculous wooden statue of Our Lady was carved in the 1st century by St. Luke and brought to Catalonia from Jerusalem by St. Etereo, disciple of St. James and first Bishop of Barcelona.

In the 8th century, the statue was hidden in a grotto atop Mount Montserrat in order to protect it from being desecrated by the invading Umayyad infidels who were laying waste to the Visigoth Kingdom of Hispania.

Lost over time, the secret location was eventually discovered in 880 AD by shepherd boys tending their flock. Reporting strange lights and Seraphic music emanating from the mountain to the Bishop of nearby Manresa, they uncovered the small statue in a cave. Unable to remove it from Montserrat, a Benedictine sanctuary was built on the mountain to enshrine the statue in accordance to Our Lady's wishes.

Devastated during the Napoleonic Peninsular War (1807-1814), restoration of the monastery began in 1844. Damaged again during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), many of the monks were executed by the Republicans. Anticipating these savage attacks, the sacred image was hidden before the murderous swine could destroy it. Returned to the chapel, the Basilica was restored and monastic life returned, keeping the holy mountain a major destination for pilgrims today.

A prayer card with a photograph
of the Madonna dl Monserrato
statue in Craco Vecchio
Naturally, the devotion to La Moreneta, the Dark Little One, as she is affectionately called by the Catalans, spread with Spanish expansion and found its way to Southern Italy. For example, in the hilltop town of Craco Vecchio in Basilicata there is a private 16th century chapel and cemetery dedicated to the Madonna di Monserrato. The Crachesi in turn brought their devotion with them to America and at the beginning of the 20th century helped restore the old chapel by sending donations back to the old country. Her feast is celebrated in Craco on the third Sunday in September. 

In Vallelonga, the Feast of the Madonna di Monserrato is also celebrated on the second Sunday in July. While the town's devotion to her can be traced back to at least the 1550s, the commemoration has existed since 1783 when Our Lady miraculously saved the townspeople from a violent earthquake. 

In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to Our Lady of Montserrat. The accompanying photo of La Moreneta was taken at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola (980 Park Avenue) in New York City. The image of the prayer card comes courtesy of the Craco SocietyEvviva Maria!

Prayer to Our Lady of Montserrat

My Lord Jesus Christ, who has been pleased to give into the hands of Thine Immaculate Mother Mary distribution of the graces merited for us by thy Life, Death and Resurrection; and Who hast answered the recommendations of Her Loving Heart by favors granted to numberless saints and sinners at Her Shrine of Montserrat; listen, I beseech Thee to her pleadings on my behalf: And do Thou, O Mother of Jesus – Mine also – present my plea before His Throne for all the graces that I need, but especially for the favor I now implore... [Mention your intentions here...] May His glory and the renown of Thy intercession be everywhere known and extolled. Amen.

April 26, 2021

Photo of the Week: Sarcophagus Lid of Unknown Knight in the Cathedral of Salerno

Believed by some to belong to the Norman Duke Ruggero Borsa (1060/61–February 22, 1111), son of Duke Roberto il Guiscardo (c.1015—July 17, 1085)
Photo by Andrew Giordano

Announcing the Feast of the Madonna del Sacro Monte at Holy Face Monastery in Clifton, New Jersey

April 25, 2021

Feast of the Madonna Incoronata

Madonna Incoronata, ora pro nobis
The last Saturday of April is the Feast of the Madonna Incoronata (Our Lady Crowned), an ancient tradition dating back to the beginning of the 11th Century A.D. In celebration, I'm posting Praise to the Queen of Heaven (Salvi Rigina), a traditional Marian prayer from Prayers and Devotional Songs of Sicily, edited and translated by Peppino Ruggeri.(1) The accompanying photo was taken at St Lucy's Church, National Shrine of Saint Gerard in Newark, New Jersey.
According to tradition, the Count of Ariano got lost while hunting in the forest near the River Cervaro in Foggia, Puglia. He took refuge in a nearby cottage when the woods turned unusually dark. At dawn the Count noticed a bright light shining through the trees. Drawn to the mysterious radiance, the Madonna appeared before him wearing a magnificent crown and levitating above a large oak tree. She revealed a statue of the Black Madonna perched in the branches. Awestricken, the Count promised to build a chapel to house her miraculous image.
Soon after, a shepherd named Strazzacappa, who was grazing his oxen close by, was also drawn to the light. Immediately recognizing the vision as the Blessed Mother, the humble herdsman set up a makeshift votive lamp with his caldarella in her honor beneath the tree. It is said that the oil was not consumed by the flame.
The Count fulfilled his vow and news of the miracle spread far and wide. The shrine quickly became a popular destination for devotees and those making the pilgrimage to the nearby Sanctuary of the Archangel Michael at Monte Sant'Angelo in the Gargano peninsula. Today, after several renovations, the Basilica Santuario Madre di Dio Incoronata is a major religious center visited by thousands annually. The Black Madonna and a branch from the oak are still on display. Ave Maria!
Praise to the Queen of Heaven

Hail to you Mary, Mother of Mercy
Life, sweetness, and spring of joy
In you we trust when in trouble or pain
To you we come when we are in tears
In affliction your comfort we obtain.

Hear our pleas, our sweet defender
Virgin Mother with all sorrow laden
To our God you prayers direct
Because our actions have no effect
The door of paradise open to all
When death for comes to call. Amen.
(1) Prayers and Devotional Songs of Sicily, edited and translated into English by Peppino Ruggeri, Legas 2009, p.139

Feast of the Madonna delle Armi

The interior of the Sanctuary
April 25th is the Feast of the Madonna delle Armi,* patroness of Cerchiara di Calabria, an ancient town in the province of Cosenza, in northeastern Calabria. The accompanying photos, courtesy of Olivia Cerrone, were taken at the Santuario Santa Maria dell Armi on the slopes of Mount Sellaro above Cerchiara. Built in the fifteenth century over the ruins of the Byzantine era monastery of S. Andrea, the sanctuary houses a sacred stone depicting the Blessed Mother and Child.
According to tradition, in 1450 a group of hunters from nearby Rossano were tracking a stag through the oak woods of Mount Sellaro. As they closed in on their prey the animal ascended the rocky ridge and squeezed into a small cave in the side of the mountain. The huntsmen followed the deer into the crevice, but to their surprise the animal was nowhere to be found; instead they discovered a set of wooden tablets depicting the Holy Evangelists. Excited about their discovery the hunters decided to take the icons back to Rossano. 
Stone with the Madonna and Child
The next day, however, the icons were missing. The men returned to the cave and were surprised to find the tablets exactly where they first discovered them. Three times the Rossanesi tried to bring the tablets back to town, but each time they would miraculously translate back to the cave. Finally, they decided to build a chapel outside the grotto to protect the icons and allow pilgrims to visit them.
During construction of the sanctuary an oval stone unsuited for the structure kept finding its way into the hands of a mason. Fed up with the troublesome stone the mason struck it with his mallet, splitting it perfectly in two. Incredibly, one side revealed the image of the Blessed Mother and Child, the other Saint John the Baptist. Sadly, the half with St. John is missing (some believe it was smuggled to Malta). In 1750 the Duke of Monteleone had an ornate silver reliquary made to properly display the sacred stone.
Over the centuries, many miracles have been attributed to the relic. The most famous taking place on April 25, 1846 when the desperate townspeople of Cerchiara invoked the Virgin Mary to help save their failing crops from the oppressive heat. Our Lady of the Cave immediately answered their prayers, saving the harvest and preventing a famine. Grateful for her divine grace, the locals celebrate the Blessed Mother's intervention to this day with a spectacular festival in her honor. 

In celebration, I’m posting a prayer to the Madonna dell armi in Italian. The prayer comes courtesy of the Santuario Madonna delle Armi.

Preghiera alla Madonna delle armi 

Vergine  purissima, fiore di consolazione, luce del meriggio adorna di tutte le gemme, ci insegni l’umiltà del  cuore. Davanti alla Tua immagine impressa su una pietra da mano non umana, per secoli venerata, fedeli devoti, ti invochiamo. Madre  del silenzio, ci parli di speranza. Tu, nell’ombra dell’Altissimo, hai detto il tuo eccomi e sei  redentrice insieme al Tuo Figlio Gesù, sole di giustizia giudizio per il mondo. Madre della Chiesa, in tua compagnia, rimaniamo nell’amore anche sotto la croce, quando tutto è perduto. Madre dei peccatori, ci richiami nel tuo abbraccio se andiamo per sentieri traversi smarriti dalle tenebre del dubbio e ci attendi, maestra della pazienza. Tu, Vergine dell’attesa, riempi i nostri giorni dell’opera dello Spirito Santo. Egli, con il Padre e il Figlio, ci genera come fratelli ci nutre di vita eterna ci sostiene nell’attesa del Signore quando verrà nella gloria per attirarci alla vita eterna. Amen

* Armi is said to be a corruption of the original Greek name for the grotto, Των αρμων or Tōn armōn.

Feast of San Marco Evangelista

San Marco Evangelista, ora pro nobis
April 25th is the Feast of San Marco Evangelista (St. Mark the evangelist), patron saint of notaries. Widely venerated across Southern Italy, he is the principal protector of San Marco Evangelista (CE), San Marco Argentano (CS), Futani (SA), San Marco in Lamis (FG), Rionero in Vulture (PZ), and Pacentro (AQ), among others. In celebration, I'm posting a prayer in honor of Saint Mark. The accompanying photo of San Marco was taken at the Basilica Santa Trofimena in Minori. Evviva San Marco Evangelista!
Prayer to Saint Mark
O Glorious St. Mark, through the grace of God our Father, you became a great Evangelist, preaching the Good News of Christ. May you help us to know Him well so that we may faithfully live our lives as followers of Christ. Amen.

The Greater Rogations

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
April 25th is the Greater Rogations, or Litania Major (Major Litanies), a day observed with fasting, abstinence, public prayer and solemn processions. The processions were called litania because participants traditionally recited various litanies while wending their way around the parish. However, in 1601 Pope Clement VIII suppressed the public use of numerous invocations and the Litany of the Saints became the norm. Rogation is simply the English form of the Latin rogatio, which comes from the verb rogare, which means “to ask.”

Though it shares the day with the Feast of San Marco Evangelista the two commemorations are not directly connected. An ancient tradition dating back to pagan times, the custom, like Ember Days, supplanted an old Roman festival (in this case the Robigalia) with a sanctified Christian observance. It was revitalized in the 6th century by St. Pope Gregory the Great to invoke God’s mercy and ask for a bountiful harvest.

The Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Ascension Thursday are the Lesser Rogation Days, or Litania Minor (Minor Litanies). First introduced in Gaul in the 5th century by St. Mamertus of Vienne to appease Our Lord and protect against natural disasters such as fire, earthquakes and blight, the three days in time became universal and helped prepare the faithful for the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Similarly, they are kept with fasting, processions and prayer.

In celebration, I’m posting the anthem and prayer for Rogation Days 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 painted ceramic tiles depicting a procession was taken in Vietri Sul Mare, Salerno.

Prayer for Rogation Days

Ant. Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you; for every one that sketch receiveth and he he that seekers finders, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

V. He heard my voice from His holy temple.

R. And my cry before Him came into His ears.

Let us pray

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we, who in our affliction confide in Thy loving kindness, may be ever defended by Thy protection against all adversity. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

April 24, 2021

Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (April 26th — May 2nd)

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

• Monday, April 26th - Our Lady of Good Counsel with Commemoration of Ss. Cletus and Marcellinus, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, April 27th - St. Peter Canisius, Confessor & Doctor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Wednesday, April 28th - St. Paul of the Cross, Confessor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.


To continue to celebrate the Year of St. Joseph, there will be a Triduum of prayers in his honor leading up to the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker (May 1st) beginning Wednesday, April 28 up to and including Friday, April 30. The devotions will take place following the 6:00 p.m. Latin Mass on those days, taking the place of the usual 5:50 p.m. Novena Prayers as well as the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 

• Thursday, April 29th - St. Peter, Martyr, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Friday, April 30th - St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Saturday, May 1st - St. Joseph the Worker, 1st Class - High Mass, 1:00 p.m.


Saturday, May 1 is the First Saturday of the month. The First Saturday Devotions will take place following the 1:00 p.m. Mass, consisting of the recitation of the Holy Rosary, and a 15 minute meditation on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary. 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.”

First Saturday Intention: To make reparation for the blasphemy of those who insult Our Lady directly in her sacred images. 

• Sunday, May 2nd - Fourth Sunday after Easter, 2nd Class - Low Mass, 9:00 a.m. and Chant Mass, 10:30 a.m.


The annual crowning of the statue of Our Lady will take place next Sunday, May 2, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass which will also include the chanting of the Litany of Loreto. 

Source: April 25, 2021 Bulletin

April 23, 2021

Feast of San Giorgio Martire

San Giorgio Martire, ora pro nobis
April 23rd is the Feast of San Giorgio Martire (St. George the Martyr), patron saint of valor, chivalry and soldiers. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, San Giorgio is the principal protector of Reggio Calabria (RC), Modica (RG), Ragusa (RG), Prizzi (PA) and Barano d'Ischia (NA), among others. As a devotee and Knight of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, the feast has an additional special significance to me. In celebration of the great warrior saint, I'm posting a Prayer to Saint George. The accompanying photo of the statue of San Giorgio, protector of Testaccio in Barano d'Ischia, was taken at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary and Saint Stephen's Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Evviva San Giorgio!
Prayer to Saint George
Faithful servant of God and invincible martyr, Saint George; favored by God with the gift of faith, and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ, thou didst fight valiantly against the dragon of pride, falsehood, and deceit. Neither pain nor torture, sword nor death could part thee from the love of Christ. I fervently implore thee for the sake of this love to help me by thy intercession to overcome the temptations that surround me, and to bear bravely the trials that oppress me, so that I may patiently carry the cross which is placed upon me; and let neither distress nor difficulties separate me from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Valiant champion of the Faith, assist me in the combat against evil, that I may win the crown promised to them that persevere unto the end. Amen

April 22, 2021

Masses for the Feast of San Giorgio Being Offered by the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George

San Giorgio, ora pro nobis
On Friday, April 23rd Masses will be celebrated at the following churches for the Solemnity of St. George the Martyr, principal patron of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. Knights and dames are invited to assist in mantle, and clergy in choir dress.

• Brooklyn, NY: St. Cecilia Chapel (Divine Mercy Parish), 84 Herbert Street. 8:30 am.

• Chicago, IL: Shrine of Christ the King: 6401 S Woodlawn Ave. 11:00 am. (12 pm EST, will be livestreamed here). 

• Houston, TX: Annunciation Church: 1618 Texas Ave. 12:10 pm. 

• New Orleans, LA: Old St. Patrick Church, 724 Camp Street. 11:30 am.

• Roswell, GA: Epiphany of Our Lord Church: 2030 Old Alabama Road. 7:00 pm.

• Sulphur, LA: St. Francis de Sales Oratory, 802 South Huntington Street. 8:00 am. 

Source: Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George American Delegation

April 21, 2021

Feast of Sant’Anselmo d’Aosta

Sant'Anselmo d'Aosta, ora pro nobis
April 21st is the Feast of Sant’Anselmo d’Aosta (or St. Anselm of Canterbury), Mystic, Benedictine monk, scholastic philosopher, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Doctor of the Church. In celebration I’m posting a prayer by St. Anselm. The accompanying photo was taken at the Church of St. Anselm in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Evviva Sant'Anselmo d'Aosta!

Prayer by St. Anselm

O my God, teach my heart where and how to seek You, where and how to find You. You are my God and You are my all and I have never seen You. You have made me and remade me, You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess, Still I do not know You. I have not yet done that for which I was made. Teach me to seek You. I cannot seek You unless You teach me or find You unless You show Yourself to me. Let me seek You in my desire, let me desire You in my seeking. Let me find You by loving You, let me love You when I find You. Amen

April 19, 2021

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April 18, 2021

Novena to Our Lady of Montserrat

Madonna di Monserrato, ora pro nobis
Pray novena for nine consecutive days, April 18th to April 26th, in preparation for the Feast on April 27th. Evviva Maria!
O God, Giver of all good things, who didst choose Montserrat as a glorious Shrine for the Mother of thy only begotten Son, and through her intercession there hast granted favors without number to those who sought them there: bow down thine ears now to our petitions as we kneel and pray before Her image. Thou Who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen

Mention your request here…

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…

Our Lady of Montserrat, Pray for us.
* Photo of undated woodcut depicting the Madonna di Monserrato in Craco Vecchio, Basilicata comes courtesy of the Craco Society.

April 17, 2021

Upcoming Tridentine Masses at The Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents in NYC (April 19th — 25th)

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

• Monday, April 19th - Feria/Votive Mass of the Holy Trinity, 4th Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, April 20th - Feria/Votive Mass of the Holy Angels, 4th Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Wednesday, April 21st - St. Anselm, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Thursday, April 22nd - Ss. Soter & Caius, Popes & Martyrs, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Friday, April 23rd - St. George, Martyr, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.

• Saturday, April 24th - St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 1:00 p.m.

• Sunday, April 25th - Rogation Mass/Third Sunday after Easter, 2nd Class - Low Mass, 9:00 a.m. and Chant Mass, 10:30 a.m.


Next Sunday, April 25 is the Feast of St. Mark and traditionally the Greater Rogations or "Major Litanies", which shall be observed here at Holy Innocents at the 10:30 a.m. High Mass. The Litany of the Saints will be sung during a procession around the church prior to the Mass, which will be penitential Mass celebrated in violet vestments. This is a special Day of prayer instituted by the Church to appease God's anger at man's transgressions, to ask protection in calamities, and to obtain a good and bountiful harvest. Please plan on attending to witness another one of the treasures of our Holy Catholic Faith's Liturgy. The 9:00 a.m. Low Mass will be that of the Third Sunday after Easter. 

Source: April 18, 2021 Bulletin

April 16, 2021

Around the Web: Baroque in Kentucky

The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew by Mattia Preti
Donated by King Francesco I of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
Reprinted from The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny

New York, Boston, Philadelphia and … Bardstown? Furthermore, what could be the connection between this not-very-well-known Kentucky town and Naples, Italy? And what are its remote links not just with one, but two Catholic chivalric orders?

Bardstown, KY today is a quaint town – population 13,000 – with numerous buildings from the 1770’s onwards. It resembles Litchfield or Farmington, CT, Deerfield or Salem, MA – all localities once important in preindustrial America but subsequently bypassed by economic progress and therefore fortunately preserved. Bardstown, however, has unique Catholic significance. For it was to this region that Catholic settlers came to establish a new community west of the Alleghenies.  These first Catholics, moreover, were in large part descendants of the original English Catholic population of Maryland. Continue reading

April 15, 2021

Malta Walk NYC

MALTA WALKS Thursday, April 22nd at 6:30PM:
Now more than ever, the homeless population is most evident and in need of our generosity. We would like to invite volunteers to meet on the North East side of 34 Street and Park Avenue to distribute pre-made bags for the homeless. Pre-made bags will include sandwiches, hand sanitizer, toiletry kits, individually wrapped masks, snacks and water. Email
francesca.t.tempesta@gmail.com to participate.

April 14, 2021

Novena to San Giorgio Martire

San Giorgio Martire, ora pro nobis
Prayers by Rev. Bonaventure, O.F.M. to be recited for nine consecutive days, April 14th — 22nd (Feast on April 23rd)

Preparatory Prayer

Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saying, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Prayer in Honor of St. George

O God, who didst grant to St. George strength and constancy in the various torments which he sustained for our holy faith; we beseech Thee to preserve, through his intercession, our faith from wavering and doubt, so that we may serve Thee with a sincere heart faithfully unto death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of St. George

Faithful servant of God and invincible martyr, St. George; favored by God with the gift of faith, and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ, thou didst fight valiantly against the dragon of pride, falsehood, and deceit. Neither pain nor torture, sword nor death could part thee from the love of Christ. I fervently implore thee for the sake of this love to help me by thy intercession to overcome the temptations that surround me, and to bear bravely the trials that oppress me, so that I may patiently carry the cross which is placed upon me; and let neither distress nor difficulties separate me from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Valiant champion of the Faith, assist me in the combat against evil, that I may win the crown promised to them that persevere unto the end.


My Lord and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

* For more on St. George and the Fourteen Holy Helpers, I highly recommend Project Gutenberg's free ebook, Mary, Help of Christians and the Fourteen Saints Invoked as Holy Helpers, compiled by Rev. Bonaventure, O.F.M. It has instructions, legends, novenas and prayers, with thoughts of the saints for every day of the year. Pictured is my makeshift shrine to glorious San Giorgio with miniature flags of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.