Sicily’s Altars For Saint Joseph

Because San Giuseppe, or St. Joseph, is the patron saint of carpenters, when the women of Salemi in Trapani province, Sicily are creating their loaves for the feast on March 19, they make bread in the shape of tools, like those pictured here: scissors, screws, and nails. On their altars, you’ll also see hammers, saws, and pliers made in honor of their protector. Here, also pictured among the laurel leaves that are a standard element of the altar architecture, you’ll find an angel.

Join Experience Sicily on Sunday, March 8 in New York City at Cacio e Vino restaurant to make your bread for Saint Joseph. It’s an act of prayer that will warm your heart. Reserve your spot at