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Traditions: St. Joseph Feast Day March 19

St. Joseph Feast Day is a traditional Italian holy day: Seven days before the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) which commemorates the Annunciation (Gabriel's visit to Mary announcing that she is to give birth to the Messiah), we meet St. Joseph, her spouse. To honor the carpenter, much of the food includes breadcrumbs, representing sawdust. Giving food to the needy is a St. Joseph's Day custom.
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St. Joseph's Table: An Age-Old Tradition • Saint Joseph is one of the most beloved saints among Italian-Americans. As the patron of workers and the protector of the family, he is honored with a feast on March 19. • According to legend, there was a famine in Sicily many centuries ago. The villagers prayed to St. Joseph, foster-father of the Infant Savior, and asked his intercession before the throne of God. Their prayers were answered. With the ending of the dreadful famine, a special feast…


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