Walk into the Light Vincent

In honor of my friend Vincent Titone, the president/chief-organizer of the New York Sicilian Meet-Up group who was laid to rest today, I post a photo of the apse of his favorite church in Sicily, Monreale Cathedral. Christ Pantocrator, the Savor, dominates the temple and gives his blessing in the Greek style: “I am the…

Cefalù’s Festa di Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione

Thursday, August 6 is a significant day in Cefalù. It is the town’s annual celebration of their patron saint, Santissimo Salvatore della Trasfigurazione (also known as Christ Pantocrator). The tradition stems from the celebrated cathedral, or duomo, of the town that was recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site (part of the Arab-Norman gems…