C-St. Joseph Altars

SKU: 8336  |  ISBN: 0001589801407

Here's putting your Catholic Faith and confidence in St. Joseph "on the table." A coffee-table book just in time for St. Joseph's feast day on March 19 (and his second one on May 1).

This is a photographic tribute displaying the rich Catholic cultural traditions behind the St. Joseph Altar, its spiritual significance, and its accompanying delicious dishes, focusing especially on the customs of America's Catholic immigrants.

In 140 huge color photographs taken in 30 different Catholic churches, homes, and eateries, Miss Kerri McCaffety, an award-winning American photographer, shows a sparkling array of elaborate St. Joseph Altars where flowers, candles, decoration, Catholic symbols, and pictures of lost loved ones crowd around statues of St. Joseph and other saints on three-tiered shrines piled with customary delicacies.

The book includes 20 recipes collected from St. Joseph Altar aficionados, including those for baked fish and various breads to recall Christ's Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes emblematic of the Holy Eucharist. Wines recall the Wedding Feast at Cana. Sticky buns resemble the pine cones Jesus is said to have played with as a child.

What are "fava beans," St. Joseph's promise that their keeper will never go hungry? A remarkably edifying text threads among the many charming and evocative photographs. Learn the history of the St. Joseph Altar and its manifestations in the Old and New Worlds. Read the prayers, blessings, and instructions associated with the best of St. Joseph's Altar. This might be your year to try the Catholic custom in your home or at your church. At least you'll enjoy knowing what it's all about.

144pp. 8" x 10". Clothbound hardcover with full color jacket.