Monday, January 19, 2009

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San Cono

St. Cono was born in Teggiano in southern Italy in the 1100s. He became a Benedictine monk and went on to perform numerous miracles. His remains were later embedded in a statue in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Many ancestors of Teggiano, Sassano, and the Vallo di Diano region have adapted San Cono as their patron saint.

The history and the traditions that have been handed down know little of the parents; the father of Cono probably belonged to the Indelli (or Mannelli or De Indella) family and Cono's mother's name was Igniva. Since they were sterile, and of advanced age, they had not been blessed with the joy of a child. But Igniva and her husband had, according to the tradition, a vision of a light cone. When they consulted their vision with a priest, he said to them that it was a divine signal, announcing the conception to them of their longed son. The same priest proposed the name of CONO, in reference to the luminous cone of the dream.

Cono's infancy passed in full with a familiar atmosphere of attentions and religious spirit of the city traditions of Teggiano. In fact, the religious experiences began to manifest its influence on the young Cono that he began to attend the church of the Celestini Fathers, with the one purpose to remain in the world for consecrating service of God.

Although Cono was diligent with his studies and prayers at the convent, Cono's parents were against him staying there. In order to avoid of being removed from the convent Cono hid in a furnace that was used by the monks to prepare for the baking of the bread.

The fact that the flames of the furnace did not injure Cono was taken as a sign of divine intervention, and it was decided that Cono should continue his studies at the church.

At 18 years of age, on the evening of June 2, an unexpected light in the refectory of Cadossa announced the call to God. In the same night, Cono's mortal life stopped.

The Miracles of Saint Cono.

It took official miracles for Cono to be declared a Saint by the Catholic Church .

His first miracle was, being young, that being in the convent, without knowing it to his parents and when being these looking for to him, Cono hid within the furnace of the bakery with the firewood and ignition to avoid to be found and recognized.

When Cono was found in the furnace and he did not have any injuries, it was confirmed in the eyes of Cono's parents that the religious vocation of Cono was divine acceptance. From that moment onward, Cono lived permanently in the convent.

The second miracle makes reference to the fact that two neighboring towns disputed the possession of Cono's mortal remains. The dispute was resolved arranging his corpse in a cart with two oxen, leaving it at fork in the road between roads that led to Padula and Teggiano. Without any human intervention, the oxen immediately led the cart without stopping to the entrance of the Church of Teggiano where the body was buried on September 27, 1261).

The third miracle happened during a battle in which Teggiano was intensely bombed. When the population took refuge in the Church where Cono was buried, who was still was not official Saint, the local people of Teggiano implored protection from Cono. At certain moment a gun firing hit the temple and then the bell began to toll spontaneously, the tubes did not work anymore and the sky was darkened to night on the field of the attackers, who retired terrified.

The fourth miracle occurred during an earthquake that destroyed the town. The earthquake cracked the cupola of the temple, but avoided destroying the tomb of Cono.

This is the official history of the Catholic Church on which the Church considers a sanctity model, and to adjudge the title to Cono of Saint, since Cono has the necessary miracles, and understanding that a miracle, investigated for years by a special commission, cannot be explained by the logic or natural facts, but only by the expression of intervention of the supernatural or divine powers.

Finally on April 27, 1871 the Catholic Church declared Cono a Saint.

On the first Sunday in June, residents of Teggiano go to the town's cathedral and gather up the remains of their patron saint, San Cono, and escort them in procession around town. A stream of lambs and calves are herded along too, and bringing up the rear are a flock of young virgins, both male and female, wearing complex waxen. Festivals for San Cono are held throughout the world at different times of the year, including Brooklyn, New York, Buenos Aries, Argentina, Montreal, Uruguay, Canada, and in Venezuela. Dates celebrated include Sundays in June, which marks the patron festivity and the death of Cono, and September 27, which celebrates the transition of the remains of San Cono from Cadossa to Teggiano, the second Sunday in August, which remembers the pilgrimage to S. Maria di Cadossa and December 17th, which remembers the escaped danger from the earthquake of 1857.
Here is a letter St. Cono American Society that I received in 2001 talking about some of the traditions and festivals in Brooklyn.

Sources: DevociĆ³n a SAN CONO, Da Wikipedia, Cono da Teggiano, TV Oggi and Diocesi di Teggiano-Policastro

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