Thursday, February 16, 2006
St. Joseph's Day a little over a month away
I went and got the mail today, and my new issue of Catholic Digest had an article on doing a St. Joseph day altar. I love doing these because of the fellowship that they foster.
For those not familiar with the tradition on March 19 it is an Italian tradition (mainly Sicilian, but some of southern Italy as well.) To erect a three level altar representing the Holy Trinity and the Holy Family and decorate it with food and religious items. We invite family and friends and share food and company.
I love to cook. My wife will sometimes not let me go grocery shopping because she says I go "Italian Chef" and buy too much :) I do try and feed an army.
Working in a college town, my wife and I often make food and invite the students we work with over. We call it our "feed a hungry student program."
Off and on over the next month I'll post some recipes and traditions for St. Joseph's Day, as well as some comments on St. Joseph himself.
It is important to remember that St. Joseph's Day, as all Christian holidays and feast days, have the glorification of Christ as their main objective. It is Joseph's obedience and fidelity to God's word and his loving care of Christ that makes him special to us.
Joseph has four special attributes:
Fidelity to Grace
His Interior Life
His Love for Mary
His Love for Christ
I'll do a post on each of these in the near future. So if you like Italian food, keep reading over the next month.
Virtual St. Joseph Altar (link)
St. Joseph's Day info (link)
St. Joseph's Day from Catholic Culture (link)
Posted by DavidNic at 11:47 AM