St. Joseph’s feast day is very popular in our Italian community. The way it is celebrated here was brought to Gloucester by the immigrants from Sicily. Part of the celebration is to prepare a table with oranges, lemons, bread, and other foods which are especially traditional for this feast, as well as a sort of altar or shrine to honor St. Joseph, with images and candles. More details about the tradition can be found on the Catholic Culture website.
It is also part of the tradition – at least here in Gloucester – to have a priest or deacon visit to bless the St. Joseph’s Tables. It’s a new experience for me, and it’s great to get out to meet the parishioners in their homes (and take home “care packages” of bread, oranges, Italian pastries, etc.). I’ve also been taking some pictures as I go along, using my iPhone with the (totally addictive) Instagram app. Here are some of my photos of this quintessential Italian/Gloucester tradition:
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