(mass times & church info last updated 03/23/2016)
Address: 109 Mulberry St. (front entrance at 113 Baxter)
Weekend Mass Times:
Sat: 5:30pm (English)
Sun: 2pm (Vietnamese)
Weekday Mass Times:
Mon-Fri: 7pm (English, during Lent & Easter only)
Rosary of Mercy:
Constructed: 1888 (renovated 1995)Links:
About the Organ
San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy (2009)
Church Postage Stamps
Congegration of the Most Precious Blood
San Gennaro (St. Janarius)
The Relic of San Gennaro
Feast of San Gennaro (NYC Street Festival)
Okay, okay, one more daily mass before I go.
"During the Feast of San Gennaro, which is held yearly in September, a celebratory Mass is held at [Church of the Most Precious Blood] on the last Saturday of September. Following this, the statue of San Gennaro is taken from its home within the church on a procession through the streets of Little Italy."
But you see the sign arching over the driveway entrance, so you know you're there, know everything is going to be okay.
Almost immediately you realize it's run by the Fanciscans.
And then signs begin pointing the way to the church.
It's a nice walk into the church.
It puts one at ease...
Gives one peace...
Relaxes and calms...
Wait for it...
You are there and it's a somewhat small, intimate place, good for morning prayer and reflection. It puts you in the best mood. You see another reminder of the Franciscans and remember what Jesus spoke to St. Francis, "Francis, repair My church..."
It's a Wednesday and there is a devotion after Mass to San Gennarro.
You never realized what a big deal San Gennarro is, but there is much devotion to him in this parish, for on this earth he accomplished a great deal. And you wonder to yourself how much you will ever accomplish in life. You make a note to remind yourself to come back to this parish in September for the San Gennarro festival and street procession. After Mass, you walk to the back of the church and pay a visit to the National Shrine...
You pray, you meditate, you hope.
The first reading sticks with you, and part of your prayer becomes asking the Lord to guide you to do the right thing with your life,
"The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; And I have not rebelled, have not turned back. I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting.
The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. He is near who upholds my right; if anyone wishes to oppose me, let us appear together. Who disputes my right? Let him confront me. See, the Lord God is my help; who will prove me wrong?"
This church and this Mass on this Wednesday of Holy Week has made you feel good, made you feel right, energized you. You chuckle to yourself quietly as you wander around this blessed place, someone has slipped Pio some money.
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After Mass today, before jumping on the subway I stopped in the AT&T building on the Avenue of the Americas. If you've never been by there before, it's surely not to miss. Beautiful art deco decor in the lobby - another world altogether from what I had experienced but minutes before.
additional photos...84th Annual San Gennaro Festival 2010...
I just came across this video from one of my favorite sites...