Well this years Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians began, what makes it nice is it's right outside my door and this year the saints statue greats me as I exit my apartment! Each feast in New York City (and other Italian-American cities throughout the U.S.) have a patron saint. So, so did my "FESTE ITALIANE" need one! Hence St. Anthony Abbot. I included the chapels devoted to them as well as the carrying the statue through the cities' streets! Traditions that have gone on for ages! Please not this meant the statue had to be removable! And note parishioners love to leave flowers, light candles and leave money! All done with this my newest addition to the feast!
And I included the two men who sculpted it (my newest moc figures) Frank & his twin brother Gus! (And yes they did the St. Michael outside the WINTER CHAPEL (found elsewhere on 'mocpages'!) I even have pictures of St. Anthony himself - he was an Egyptian Monk. the flowers he holds as well as the bell symbolize he was a virgin a celebate man!
I've ended it with some pictures of people carrying the statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel through the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn New York and an old picture of Tutti Ferrer the most beloved Italian singer who made famous the theme song of the feast: O Gilio O Paradiso. The Lily of Paradise! And a copy of the advertizement of the PBS Documentary on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. I have enjoyed sharing a major part of my life with you!
About this creation
For one year I will honor, remember and respect the victims of 9-11. Each of my creations will have a 9-11 memorial starting off the page. I'd like to give a big handshake, hug, kiss to all the people here on MOCpages that remembered by creating WORLD TRADE CENTER buildings done in LEGO you too honor the fallen of 9-11 GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!
Egyptian icon of St. Anthony Abbot holding scroll - note papyrus in the background, two things on my statue.
Greek Orthodox icon of him note floral pattern staff!
Outdoor shrine St. Domenic recieves the rosary from Mary (holding Jesus).
Men pinning money to the statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (The Bronx) note floral arch background thats lighted just like mine. Also note I copied the colors of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Tan, White, dark Gray and Brown!
A young lady in Boston pinning the money which goes to Catholic Charities!
The men of the 'pranza' the team of 100 to 125 men who carry and dance with the 'Gilio o Paridiso' the Lily of Paradise Statue. Each year their t-shirts change both color and design. Trust me it's not s easy as it may look!
The corner where the statue of "Our Lady Help of Christians" rests this year. Each year she's in a different spot!
Full length view of the statue at the feast.
A close up of the booth for the statue!
A close up of the statue of "Our Lady Help of Christians"!
The close-up of the plaque actually soccorso means: help, assistance, aid so the translation is not bad...they just add Christians!
Again the pinning of the money note the $100 bill (just like mine)!
My version of the parade!
A poster announcing the dates of the feast 18 days in July, July 16th being the feast day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The one in Brooklyn is unique because it celebrates St. Paulinus of Nola as well! 2 for the price of one!
Vincenza in her book "The Journey of the Italians in America" makes mention of the feasts!
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel late 50s The Bronx uses a car to parade the statue. I chose this to show you ust how traditional the feast is!
Taking the statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel through the streets of Brooklyn, again note fence like mine and the greenery!
A photo from the late 1950s showing the band and the beloved Tutti Ferrer whose theme song "O GIGLIO O PARIDISO" for the feast hit he charts and is in many albums! He had a wonderful voice and is sorely missed!
Poster announcing the debut of the PBS Documentary "HEAVEN TOUCHES BROOKLYN IN JULY" I know and met Tony DeNonno and was in the WLIW studio the night it debuted!