16 September 2017 Mass For The Feast of San Gennaro

MASS FOR THE FEAST OF ST. GENNARO - September 16, 2017 @ 11 AM.

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Members of our Order and that of the Royal Order of Francis I are requested to attend the annual Solemn Votive Mass of San Gennaro at the National Shrine of St Gennaro, the Church of the Most Precious Blood, 113 Baxter Street, Little Italy, NYC. Church Mantle for either Order SHALL be worn.

San Gennaoro, the first Bishop of Naples and one of the city's Patrons is the Spiritual Protector of all Neapolitans and the Neapolitan Diaspora. When King Carlo di Borbone freed Naples and Sicily from foreign domination and declared it a sovereign nation, one of his first acts was to create the Order of St. Gennaro as the highest Order of Chivalry of the Two Sicilies. It remains the pre-eminent order of the Two Sicilies and the Royal Family today. 

This is our National Feast Day.

9/12/17: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

9/12/17: EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS:

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Mandatory Mass Observance for all members of the SMCSG. It commemorates the finding of the True Cross by St. Empress Helen (the mother of St. Emperor Constantine the Great).  
Members in NYC may attend Mass at 2 PM in celebration of the Bestowal of the Pallium on Cardinal Tobin at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Newark. SMCSG CHURCH MANTLE WILL NOT BE WORN.

Or, attend a Solemn Evening Prayer Service and Sung Vespers with our sisters and brothers of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre at 6 PM at the Church of Our Savior, 38th Street and Park Avenue, NYC. SMCSG and F I Members SHALL WEAR CHURCH MANTLE to the EVENING PRAYER.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent awarded the Royal Order of Francis I

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Tuesday 1 August 2017, H.R.H. Prince Charles of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders, conferred the honor of Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I to H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent for his important achievements in supporting sustainable development.

The Royal Order of Francis I is granted to those who distinguish themselves in the field of the sciences, the arts, and diplomacy, and does not require membership in the Roman Catholic faith as does Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George.

Among the many Knights and Dames of the Order number 14 Heads of State and numerous Cardinals, in addition to Archbishop of Cantebury, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, S.E. Ban Ki Moon, David Rockefeller Jr., and three Nobel Peace Prize winners: Rigoberta Menchú, S.E. Former Costa Rican President Oscar Sanchez and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

See the original article on the official site here.

4 July 2017 -- Warm Wishes on Independence Day!

Our Prior and Delegate extend their warmest best wishes to all our members on a Happy Independence Day - July 4th.  May all spend time with family and friends as we reflect on the contributions of so many to the creation and maintenance of the ideals of freedom since 1776.  We especially recall the  the sacrifices  of men and women in the armed services who have defended our way of life and continue to do so.  

 

May St George our Patron continue to Bless and guide our nation and all our peoples.  

1 July 2017 -- Happy Canada Day!

 

The Delegation extends it best wishes  today to our members who reside in Canada on the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.  

The "true North strong and free" is an example of progress, stability, civility and reconciliation of cultures.  May Canada and Canadians be blessed for ever by the intercession of St George our Patron.

Joyeuse fête du Canada!  Happy Canada Day!

 

 

29 June 2017 -- Delegation Congratulates HE Count Agostino Borromeo on Appointment

 

The Delegation congratulates our confratello, HE Count Agostino Borromeo,  General Governor of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher on his appointment as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory the Great by the Holy Father.  Count Borromeo is also a Knight of the Order of St Gennaro and a Knight Grand Gross of our  Sacred Order.  We thank him for his stewardship of our companion  Order of the EOHS and wish him all good health and happiness on his retirement.

22 June 2017 -- Order Chancellor Joins SMOM For Order Feast

6/22/17: Representing our Order as Chancellor, H.E. Sig. Cav. Pasquale Menna will be joining the NJ members of the Knights and Dames as well as Auxiliaries of the SMOM at the Mass for the Feast of St John the Baptist on June 24th at the Church of St Margaret in Spring Lake NJ followed by Dinner at the Spring Lake Country Club. Our Order joins the Knights and Dames of Malta on the great patronal day of St John.

5 June 2017 -- Save the Date! Closing Procession for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

6/5/17: Save the Date: The Annual Closing Procession for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at OL of Mt Carmel Parish and the Procession through the Ironbound Neighborhood in Newark shall be held at 5 PM July 16th, 2017. The Order shall participate as escort. Liturgy shall be in English. Principal Celebrant shall be HE the Most Rev. Bernard Hebda, Archbishop of Minneapolis-St Paul, former Co_adjutor Archbishop of Newark. Details will follow. Let us have a great turnout to welcome back Archbishop Hebda!

5 June 2017 -- Remembering Neapolitan Composer, Giovanni Paisiello

6/5/17: Remembering with gratitude the service to humanity of Giovanni Paisiello, proud Neapolitan composer of 94 operas and church anthems who returned to Heaven on this day in 1816. He wrote the original "barbiere di Seviglia" from the one that is better known today. His most enduring legacy is the inspiring, graceful, moving "Inno al Re" - the King's Hymn - the National Anthem of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The "Inno al Re" is played on a regular basis in the area of the Two Sicilies today as an expression of regional pride and to honor the rebirth of the Two Sicilies identity. 

It is generally played in the presence of members of the Royal Family of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and at ceremonies and investitures of the SM Constantinian Order of St George. The Delegate, as representative of the Head of the Royal House, may also be greeted with the Anthem.

1 April 2017 -- In Memory of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary

4/1/2017: Members of the Delegation and friends are requested to pause today and offer a silent prayer on the anniversary of the death today in 1922 of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary, the Peace Emperor of World War I.

"Almighty Father, you predestined Karl to be King and Father of many peoples. He lived his life in faithful submission to Your Divine Will. May he be raised to the Altar of Your Saints for evermore. May his life example inspire us all to be faithful stewards of Your creation and advocates for peace and reconciliation on earth. Blessed Emperor Karl, Pray for us."

The Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary was Beatified by St. Pope John Paul II.

14 March 2017 -- Obligatory Mass Day for Members of the Order March 20th.

3/14/17: Next Monday, March 20th, is an Obligatory Mass Day for Members of the Order. 

It is the anniversary of the death of HRH Prince don Ferdinando Maria di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, Duke of Castro. (The other 2 Obligation days are 4/23 the Feast of St George and 9/14 the Exaltation of the Holy Cross).

Members of the Order collectively in their local communities or individually are obliged to attend Holy Mass on the 20th of March since it is the Memorial Mass intention for Prince don Ferdinando and all other deceased Grand Masters and Sovereigns of the Order.

Details will be posted when regional information is provided. There will be an Official Mass in conjunction with the Missa Cantata for the Feast of St Joseph at the Church of OL of Mount Carmel, Newark, NJ as previously announced with Prayers offered for our deceased Grand Master. 

More information will follow.

22 February 2017 -- The Order Mourns the Death of His Eminence, Desmond Cardinal Connell

2/22/17: The US Delegation, our Prior, His Eminence Cardinal McCarrick and Delegate, Cav John M Viola, mourn the death yesterday of our esteemed confratello, His Eminence, Desmond Cardinal Connell, Archbishop Emeritus of Dublin, Primate of Ireland, Bailiff GC of Justice of our Order and our Chief Chaplain of Ireland. His Late Eminence since 2002 was a strong and visible participant in the life of the Order through the UK-Ireland Delegation. 

A message of sympathy and unity has been extended by the US Delegation to our dear confratelli of the UK-Ireland Delegation on all our behalf and especially by Cardinal McCarrick on the loss of a dear brother of the College of Cardinals.

13 February 2017 -- Appointment of Nob. Dr. Robert dei Baroni LaRocca as Vice Delegate

2/13/17: It is with great pleasure that the US Delegation welcomes its Vice Delegate. HE our Delegate, Cav. John M. Viola has appointed our confratello, Nob. Dr. Robert dei Baroni LaRocca as Vice Delegate effective immediately. He has been a long standing member of the Delegation, having been decorated as Commander in 1981; Knight Commander in the grade of Justice in December 2016 and served with loyalty and distinction during the term of Delegate David Garrison. LaRocca was a member of the National Council of the Order as the representative of HRH Prince Carlo di Borbone. 

He brings a wealth of information to the deliberations of the Order and a lifetime of dedication to the Sacred Order, its works and loyalty to the Royal House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.