Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Feast of St. Joseph

St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is mainly celebrated by Sicilians~~it is said that he brought the rains to a crop of fava beans that saved the population from starvation.
Sicilians who emigrated to New Orleans brought St. Joseph's feast day to the United States.

St. Joseph with the infant Jesus, painting by Guido Reni

Giving food to the needy is a St. Joseph's Day custom.
At home people place flowers, limes, candles, wine, fava beans, cakes, breads, and cookies on three-tied home altars.
 Foods are traditionally served containing bread crumbs to represent the sawdust of Joseph the Carpenter.

Three-tiered altar, Des Moines




This is a great season to be thinking of sharing with those who have less then us.


tammy j said...

beautiful picture that ~
you so seldom see one with just the baby and joseph. always just with mary. it's lovely.
there is something simple and mystical about a 'saint and fava beans.' i've learned something! xo

yaya said...

Growing up Catholic we always celebrated St.Joseph's Day and my Mom's church still does. She just donated a bunch of food for that purpose. Beautiful pics and great information!

helen tilston said...

A beautiful way to celebrate the feast of St Joseph. Wishing you the blessings of the day