Today, March 19th, is the feast day of St. Joseph, the patron saint of the universal Church. In keeping with an old tradition brought by Italian immigrants from Sicily to New Orleans, Brother Martin, since the opening of the Branton Chapel in 2011, has hosted a St. Joseph Altar open not just to our school community but to the general public as well.
This celebration of St. Joseph’s Feast Day provides an opportunity for Catholics to express gratitude for good fortune in their lives. The St. Joseph Altar is a Sicilian tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. According to legend, Sicily was experiencing a severe drought, so citizens prayed to St. Joseph whose intercession relieved them of this famine. To show their gratitude, the citizens prepared a table with a special assortment of foods they had harvested.
We cannot host a St. Joseph Altar today, but we can still turn to St. Joseph and pray for his intercession during this time of pandemic.
Click below for this morning's prayer read by senior Student Minister, Bryce Pellegrin '20.