Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Procession for the Feast of St Janarius in Naples

Processions have always been of interest to us here at NLM, as well as festal events tied to the liturgical year. As such, I simply could not resist publishing this photo which I found by way of Facebook, which shows the procession associated with the feast of the patron saint of Naples, San Gennaro (St. Januarius) as celebrated at the Cathedral of Naples on his feast day, today, September 19th. (St. Januarius is a bishop who is thought to have been martyred during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian circa A.D. 305.)

The splendid bust you see in the above photo is a reliquary bust of St. Gennaro which is kept in the chapel of San Gennaro in the Cathedral of Naples. Here is another view of it:

And here is another view of the procession also showing the reliquary of his blood:

You can read more about it this event of Neopolitan devotion here.

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