NYC EXILE – DAY 4: Of Sung Mass and Sunshine

It was another picture perfect day.

Before heading to Mass today I made sure to have a brief stroll in the park.

After Mass, eggs… Benedict, of course.

After Sung Vespers, several of us went to China Town (which is taking over Little Italy).  Our trek included a visit to Precious Blood, the National Shrine of San Genaro.

San Rocco.

There is a great presepio in the church.


It’s not often you see statues of Sts. Cosmos and Damian.

They are marvelously… what’s the word… kitschy?

We had a nice walk in the park.  The men were on one side, playing Chinese Chess, the woman on the other, playing cards.  There were a couple live combos playing folk music.  The trees are blooming.

Hand pulled noodles sounded like a good idea.

Afterwards, toast with condensed milk and tea.


A sweet end to a sweet day.  Several of us went and had a glass of Chartreuse afterwards, which is a celebratory stable among the Holy Innocents crowd.

Meanwhile, on Monday there will be at Holy Innocents at least a Missa Cantata if not a full Solemn Mass for the Feast of St. Mark.

Monday, April 25at 6:00 PM for Feast of St. Mark



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  1. Stephanus83 says:

    Thank you for your travel notes.

    I really look forward to visiting Holy Innocents some day. I actually attempted a visit the last time I was in NYC. I was in Manhattan last Jamuary for the annual Communion & Liberation hosted New York Encounter. The event is hosted a few blocks away, so I tried to go there on a Monday. Sadly, Holy Innocents was closed because that day was a federal holiday. Everyone needs their time off. The church remains on my list and I’ll see it the next time I’m in NYC.

  2. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    What a splendid presepio! Do you have any more details about it you can give us? (Is it old, or a superb example of continuity of tradition?)

    “They are marvelously… what’s the word… kitschy?” Sounds like a good choice of word. If the Blessed Hildegun of Schönau looked like that, I bet she would have been caught out. (Well, not if everybody at Schönau looked like that, of course…)

    And if there were a statuarial spectrum between the Sts. Cosmos and Damian and the presepio figures, then St. Rocco, with his discreet yet vivid bubo would be securely on the presepio side.

    Thank you for such a lively glimpse of The Church of the Most Precious Blood!

  3. acardnal says:

    Thank you for supporting the Carthusians by enjoying that post-prandial cocktail.

  4. acardnal: It was our duty.

  5. HighMass says:

    Father Z, an unusual question…..

    I was in New York in 1982 and was in the Church of the Most Precious Blood. Is the Statue of St. Francis of Paola(San Francesco di Paola) still in the church???

  6. wanda says:

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures. It looks like a splendid day. Churches, food, flowers, wonderful.
    Especially those noodles, mmm. I’ve seen them made on tv, it’s an amazing skill.

    Thanks again for taking us along. Safe travels and prayers for you.

  7. NoraLee9 says:

    Pater Z, salutem:

    There are statues of SS Cosmos & Damian in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, East 116th Street, NYC. They are also pictured in windows of the same church.

  8. Semper Gumby says:

    Remarkable presepio. The surprised gentleman feasting on watermelon is a nice touch.

  9. mburduck says:

    I’m glad you had such a splendid day in my native city, Father. Hopefully it will be as nice when I visit in a few weeks.


  10. Mike says:

    I had that heavenly liquor for the first time last Christmas. Truly wow.

  11. adriennep says:

    Gosh, since we travel vicariously with Fr. Z, it would be great to know the details (name) of the noodle and bun restaurant, much less the chartreuse place. We’d want to go there if we visit NYC. Father is fast becoming the best International Catholic version of those many food travel shows. Maybe he can post some destination itineraries of favorite places?

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