Saint Gennaro of Napoli Protector of Napoli Laminated Prayer Card Imported from Italy Buy together, get free shipping
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The Feast of San Gennaro, the patron saint and protector of the city of Naples, is celebrated every year on September 19. During the day, the vials are exposed to the public and the blood contained in them becomes liquid among the prayers of the faithful. A quick liquefaction is considered a sign of good luck while its delay or failure are taken as negative omens. The event is also replicated on December 16 and the first Sunday in May. Every year, all city officials attend the ceremony, including the mayor, the president of the province of Naples and the President of the Campania region. The celebration follows a well-defined program:
8.45 - opening the safe with double keys to take out the casket with the vials of the blood of San Gennaro; 9.00 - procession with the Cardinal and the deputation of the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro; 9.15 - The propitiatory prayers and the homily by the Cardinal start. Once the miracle takes place, twenty-one cannon shots are fired from Castel dell'Ovo.
According to tradition, the blood of San Gennaro melt for the first time when bishop Severus moved the saint's remains from Agro Marciano to Naples. On the way he met the pious woman with the two ampoules of the saint's blood: at the presence of the saint's head, the blood would melt. In 1389 there was a huge procession to witness the miracle: the liquid stored in the ampoules melted "as if the same day it flowed out of the saint's body." Today the ampoules are kept in a safe behind the altar of the Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro. Of the two vials, one is half-empty because part of its content was subtracted by King Charles III Bourbon, who took it to Spain. Three times a year, the faithful rush to witness the liquefaction of the blood.
Feast of San Gennaro in the United States The Feast of San Gennaro is a fair held in mid-September in Little Italy, New York. The heart of the festival is in Mulberry Street, and is characterized by parades, games and the typical sellers of sausages and donuts. The celebration begins with a religious procession that starts from the oldest church in the Italian neighbourhood. At the same time, a similar festival begins in the Italian neighbourhood in the Bronx. The festivities begin early in the morning and continue until late at night, ending 11 days later
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