This evening I made my Saint Joseph’s bread for the altar that I will construct for Thursday’s event that Experience Sicily is hosting with GoSicily Sicilian Cooking Experience and Babylon Mercantile & Cookshop. It’s going to be an outstanding day and evening!
I’ve been making bread loaves for San Giuseppe for many years now. And once in the rhythm of kneading the dough and then shaping it, it truly is a meditation. This loaf is a palm. This shape represents Jesus. It will be placed next to a staff that represents Saint Joseph, and a wreath that represents Santa Maria, the Madonna. The three together symbolize the Holy Family. Making loaves is a practice of thanksgiving and prayer that is observed all over Sicily and in many parts of Southern Italy. It is an illustration of the abundance one has received or one is seeking.
Saint Joseph’s Day is March 19. Viva San Giuseppe!