Prayers for Thanksgiving, Charity, and Abundance


March 19 is the Festa di San Giuseppe or Saint Joseph’s Day. Legend is that in Sicily and southern Italy during the 10th century, a drought caused a severe famine. The faithful prayed to Saint Joseph to bring rain, and in return, they promised to hold a feast in his honor. Rain and recovery from hunger did come, and since then, Saint Joseph has been one of the most venerated saints south of Rome. Each year in preparation for the Feast, devotees build “tavolate” or altars in honor of the Saint.

I’ve written about the annual celebration and the tavolate in my article “Saint Joseph’s Day: Loaves for Thanksgiving, Charity, and Abundance” on the Inquisitive Eater at

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I read your article and learned a lot about this feast and Saint Joseph. Isn’t it fun to learn about something and then pass it along in writing? You’re going to have quite a book!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dana, You are a great cheerleader! I sincerely appreciate that!

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s