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St. Joseph Altars
     

St. Joseph Altars

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by Kerri McCaffety (Photographer)
 

The beautiful and lively traditional marking of generosity as celebrated in New Orleans each March 19.

The tradition of St. Joseph’s Day began after a severe drought in Sicily in the middle ages. In desperation, people asked St. Joseph, their patron, to intervene. They promised that if rain came they would prepare a big feast in his honor. In gratitude

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The beautiful and lively traditional marking of generosity as celebrated in New Orleans each March 19.

The tradition of St. Joseph’s Day began after a severe drought in Sicily in the middle ages. In desperation, people asked St. Joseph, their patron, to intervene. They promised that if rain came they would prepare a big feast in his honor. In gratitude for prayers answered with rain, huge banquet tables were set up in public and poor people were invited to come and eat as much as they wanted. Today, special foods, linens, flowers, and statuary adorn the St. Joseph altars, built with three steps representing the Holy Trinity. Generosity marks this day, as it did the character of Joseph himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589801400
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2003
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
577,600
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Kerri McCaffety counts among her accolades a Gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers and an Author of the Year award from the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association. Her books with Pelican include Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons of New Orleans; The Majesty of St. Charles Avenue; Etouffée, Mon Amour: The Great Restaurants of New Orleans; Napoleon House; St. Joseph Altars; The Majesty of the French Quarter; Visions of the Vieux Carré; The Majesty of St. Francisville; and Let’s Walk the French Quarter.

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St. Joseph Altars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Lady_Reader More than 1 year ago
I have been wanting to get this book for the longest time. The recipes are the traditional ones found at all St. Joseph altars in the New Orleans area for generations. Yes, I am enjoying it.
Maryann55 More than 1 year ago
I love St. Joseph altars and this book honors them well. From simple altars to elaborate ones, the Sicilian tradition is shown with all its devotion and love. Traditional foods, fave beans, statues, breads, and cakes, this book has it all. St. Joseph would be proud!