St. Joseph’s Table blessing – photos

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:

Too bad I gave up desserts and sweet snacks for Lent...

Another altar

Parishioners with St. Joseph's bread

Yet another St. Joseph Table


About Matthew Green

I am a translator, origami artist/teacher, and photographer, a blogger, former philosophy professor, and I love to sing. You can see my photos on Flickr and buy prints of some of them on Fine Art America. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter (@mehjg), and in various and sundry other social media sites on the web.
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  1. Pingback: Feast of St. Joseph home altars in Gloucester « New England Journal of Aesthetic Research

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