St. Joseph's Altar
Long ago the people
of Sicily were delivered from drought and famine through the
intercession of St. Joseph. In thanksgiving for the good harvest,
they prepared the first St. Joseph's Altar, also called a St.
Joseph's Table. The St. Joseph's Altar is set up in church halls or
private homes and blessed. It includes a colorful array of pastries,
breads, fruits, vegetables, fish, drinks, etc. Meatless spaghetti is
sprinkled with bread crumbs representing the sawdust of St. Joseph's
carpenter shop. Decorative dough and fig symbols also adorn the
altar, and bread itself is specially shaped.
1. Divide 2 loaves' worth of bread
dough into 3 equal portions.
2. Roll each into a 2-foot rope.
3. Pinch/ twist ropes together at one end.
4. Braid, then pinch/twist ends together.
Curve one end to
form “St. Joseph’s Staff.”
6. Place on non-stick baking sheet.
7. Let rise.
8. Bake at 325°F until golden.
When bread is
cool enough to touch, apply water with your hand to soften the