The 93rd Feast of the Three Saints will be held September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2016. Please join us for the fun and festivities as this year is shaping up to be spectacular.
The Feast will kick off with an opening ceremony starting at Lawrence City Hall at 6:30 pm on Friday, September 3, 2016. The St. Alfio Society members and Lawrence City dignitaries will march the traditional parade route through the old Italian neighborhood. The march ends at Holy Rosary Church, Corpus Christi Parish to say a personal prayer to the Saints in the lower Church. (Remember, you can visit the Saints throughout the weekend). The Friday night entertainment will begin shortly after. (Please see the entertainment schedule below.) Vendors will be open.
Saturday starts bright and early with our 3rd annual Run for Scholars 5k Road Race. (5k Canoli Run and Walk) The Feast will open at noon with entertainment and festivities.
The Torch Light Parade begins Saturday evening at dusk..around 7:30 PM. The Torchlight Parade honors the Three Saints as members of the Society march to Common & Newbury Streets. The parade culminates with fireworks and the playing of the Cantata.
Sunday at 10:00 AM - Mass in Honor of the Three Saints at Holy Rosary Church, Corpus Christi Parish. The public is invited to join in this Mass.
The Feast opens at noon.
Sunday 3:00 PM. Procession of the Three Saints. The statues of the Saints are carried in procession on the Vara from Holy Rosary Church. The procession will will return to the St. Alfio Society building on Common St. approximately 7:00 PM. Benediction will be at that time. There is also confetti shot from the rooftops and doves that are let go. It is quite the celebration.
7:45 PM the Saints are returned to the Church and there is more entertainment.
This three day celebration which takes place annually on Labor Day weekend, honors the Saints and helps raise funds for various local charities, scholarships for college-bound students, support of an orphanage and the Society's numerous volunteer activities and events. More than anything, it is a testament of faith for the three young men who gave their lives over 1,760 years ago and for the Society that remembers it.
Con Vera Fede! (With true faith!)
Viva Sant' Alfio!
The Feast of the Three Saints
The Feast is a celebration of our Italian-American heritage. For three days, Common Street from Union Street to Jackson Street is alive with music, food, people and their laughter. The Feast, now in its 93rd year, draws close to 75,000 visitors from throughout the New England area (and abroad) who partake in the various events.
Red, white and green colored lights illuminate the street and all the delicious and mouth-watering Italian foods available: Cannoli, Biscotti, Italian sausage, Pizza, Arancini (rice balls) and the ever-famous Sicilian delight of the Feast: Crispelli (plain, ricotta or anchovy-filled!).
Up and down the street people meet old acquaintances and renew friendships. Children’s laughter and squeals of delight fill the air as they win a toy or ride the amusements.
Friday evening begins with an opening parade of the St. Alfio Society members followed by free musical concerts at various locations. Saturday afternoon the festivities continue with musical acts, cooking demonstrations and the carnival games. Towards dusk the members of the Society gather to honor the Three Saints in the traditional Torchlight parade, ending with fireworks and the playing of the Cantata, the traditional three-part hymn in honor of the Saints.
Sunday morning there is a parade to the Church for a solemn Mass in honor of the Saints. The Mass is one of the highlights of the Feast, with the new Society candidates being sworn into the St. Alfio Society.
The Feast culminates with the procession of the Three Saints on Sunday afternoon. At exactly 3:00PM the bell rings, the confetti fires and the band plays the Marcia Reale, whereupon the statues of the Saints exit the Church and are brought upon the Vara. The procession takes place under a sky of confetti and streamers. Brightly colored bits of paper take flight and surround the onlookers and their children, who race to gather the streamers.
Children are hoisted up with offerings and pay their respects to the Saints, whose radiance touches everyone present amid the cheers shouted by all: “VIVA SANT’ ALFIO!”.
If you have any questions about the 2016 Feast Please Contact:
Feast Co-Chairmen Mike Morley at 978-382-2407