St. Joseph Altar

The Saint Joseph Altar, an annual event at the Church of the Assumption, was held recently. The Saint Joseph Altar has its origin in medieval times during a famine in Sicily. The Sicilians invoked Saint Joseph to end the famine. Their prayers were answered and, in gratitude, they erected altars every year on the feast of Saint Joseph. They dedicated food, a most cherished possession, in honor of the Saint and for the sake of those who suffered in the famine. The pious practice continues even today. (Photograph by Renee Stirling)

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