NYC 1-3 Feb – a great Forty Hours, and an item for art lovers – Brumidi!

My trip to the nation’s Capitol has the painter Brumidi fresh in my mind.

Here is some great news sent from a friend in New York City about more work by Brumidi together with a sacred event everyone in the area of Manhattan will want to take in.


The Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan will celebrate the restoration of its monumental Mural of the Crucifixion by Constantino Brumidi with the first traditional Forty Hours’ Devotion in the Archdiocese of New York since the Second Vatican Council.

The Forty Hours Devotion will take place over the first weekend of February and conclude with a Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool on Sunday, February 3rd at 10 AM coram sanctissimo (in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament). There will be sign-up sheets at the back of the Church of the Holy Innocents for those who would like to commit to adoring the Blessed Sacrament in the Church during the periods of Exposition.

The Forty Hours Devotion begins on the First Friday of February, February 1st, at 6:00 PM with a Solemn Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament (in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite). This Mass concludes with the Exposition and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament. The First Friday All Night Vigil begins after this Mass and will continue until 4:00 AM.

The Forty Hours continues on the First Saturday of February, February 2nd, at 1:00 PM with a Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Candlemas (in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite). This Mass will include the blessing of candles and procession.

At 4 PM there will also be a Pontifical Mass (in the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, versus populum and in English) for the Solemnity of the Dedication of the Church celebrated by His Excellency Dominick Lagonegro, Auxiliary Bishop of New York at which he will bless the restored Mural.

The Forty Hours Devotion concludes on the First Sunday of February, February 3rd, at 10:00 AM with a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Faldstool coram sanctissimo for the Feast of the Dedication of the Church celebrated by His Excellency, James C. Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of Scranton. This Mass concludes with the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and Reposition.

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  1. Supertradmum says:

    Where there is 40 Hours Devotion, a great outpouring of grace can happen. Pray this great old devotion spreads across America and to England as well.

  2. Fr. Thomas Kocik says:

    What?! Mass in the presence of the exposed Sacrament? But… but Father! Vatican II… Eucharisticum mysterium… ‘static’ vs. ‘dynamic’ Presence… the Blessed Sacrament as the fruit of consecration… “Take and eat,” not “Take and gaze”… Oh, it’s all too much to take in at once!

  3. Fabrizio says:

    Brumidi also decorated the smallest marian temple in Rome, the “Madonna dell’Archetto”, which is found at walking distance from the Basilica dei SS. XII Apostoli (a few steps away from Piazza Venezia). The place is still today a place of Marian devotion, due also to the miracolous image venerated therein.

  4. Regulargrandma says:

    There is a similar Crucifixion mural in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The one at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral was painted in 1883 by Johann Schmitt, a member of the Institute of Catholic Art, and an an immigrant who settled in Kentucky. A few of his works reside in the Vatican museums. Green Bay’s mural is 28 x 40 feet, oil on plaster, and is noted for evoking much emotion from the 50+ figures in the piece.

  5. Montenegro says:

    On a recent business trip to NYC, I attended Mass in the EF at this church. Wonderful Mass and priest. Beautiful mural. Great to see in action the Holy Father’s desire to have the EF Mass integrated into a regular parish.

  6. Susan the Short says:

    Was the restoration of the mural necessary because some wreckovator had whitewashed it?

  7. Zephyrinus1 says:

    A wonderful Devotion.

    May many Graces be given to this Parish.

    in Domino

  8. Joseph-Mary says:

    I am envious; wish I could be there. In the past we were able to host a 40 Hours Devotion twice. Have sought it in my new parish but cannot get past the liturgy committee, the head of which said maybe adoration was not a charism of the parish…

  9. I was there this morning– very beautiful.

  10. Catholictothecore says:

    Our parish priest, God Bless him, started the Forty Hours Devotion seven years ago. We have it every year around the 15th of June. It starts on a Thursday evening with Solemn Mass and concludes Saturday morning with a Solemn Mass and procession of the Blessed Sacrament and reposition.

    Pester your parish priest if you do not have this because you do get wonderful graces with this beautiful Devotion.

  11. Steve T. says:

    Susan the Short,

    Hi, I’m a parishioner at Holy Innocents, and no, Deo gratias, our Brumidi mural was never whitewashed. The restoration was mainly necessary because of the cumulative effects of 146 years of incense and city pollution, although some years after Brumidi originally painted the mural, an overzealous pastor had some third-rate dauber overpaint some of the mural to make it better fit the oversentimentalized tastes of his Irish parishioners—such as to transform Mary Magdalen from a brunette into a redhead. Our pastor, Father Thomas Kallumady, has done a wonderful job establishing the Church of the Holy Innocents as the premier Traditional Latin Mass parish of the Archdiocese of New York, in part through such restoration. Now comes the hardest part; raising the money to pay off the work.

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