Virtual Altar in Catholic Digest
March 1, 2013
The St. Joseph Altar is an old tradition in Sicily. You can visit The Virtual St. Joseph Altar online (Virtual St. Joseph Altar) to learn more about its history. There are three tiers to the altar, representing the Trinity and the three members of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Usually a statue or picture of St. Joseph is placed on the top tier.
The breads and pastries found on the St. Joseph altar are usually shaped as all sorts of symbols. The lily, ladder, hammer, nail, saw, sandals, cane or staff, are all symbols of St. Joseph. Other symbols include the cross, palm, grapes, wreaths, and twists for our Lord. Defrost a bag of frozen dinner rolls, and your children will have so much fun shaping symbols with the dough! Bake the finished creations and place on your own St. Joseph altar!
Thanks, Catholic Digest!