The feast day for St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus, is March 19th.
During medieval times, according to legend, there was a terrible famine in Sicily. The villagers prayed for St. Joseph to intercede for them, to ensure successful crops. Their prayers were answered and the famine ended. To show their gratitude to God and St. Joseph, the villagers prepared a special feast of thanksgiving. This celebration became a tradition where families prepared huge buffets, often inviting the less fortunate people of the village.
Today many Catholic churches prepare “St. Joseph Tables” to honor St. Joseph. Often the table is a three-tiered display, symbolizing the Holy Trinity. A statue of St. Joseph is placed on the top tier; a special smaller table is set for the Holy Family at the front of the display. Many symbols are found on a St. Joseph’s Table: bread crumbs on spaghetti represent sawdust on a carpenter’s workshop floor; white lilies symbolize transformation and purity. Breads may be baked in the shapes of carpenter’s tools, canes or chalices and 12 fish represent the 12 apostles.Minestras, very thick soups, are often made of fava beans. Since fava beans survived the Sicilian drought and saved the people from starvation, blessed fava beans are often given out at St. Joseph’s Tables.
St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers and in some Catholic countries, notably Italy, Portugal and Spain, Fathers’ Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s Day. Wish someone a Blessed St. Joseph’s Day with a card from The Printery House.
Every March 17th those of Irish heritage, and those who are “Irish-at-heart, “observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods and the wearing o’ the green. Remember a special someone with a St. Patrick’s Day card. These beautiful Abbey Irish Petite Notes with magnificent nature photography and Gaelic words on the covers are blank inside for your original wee note.
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Summer is a popular time for weddings and wedding anniversaries. The Printery House offers a great selection of religious wedding anniversary Cards. Bless a special couple on their anniversary with a beautifully crafted card from The Printery House.
Meet Brother Christopher…one of our favorite characters featured on Printery House cards. He is a Benedictine monk who lives at the Abbey, where he does God’s work as a teacher, musician, and calligrapher.
Brother Christopher loves all God’s creatures—especially a little mouse named Benny, who also lives in the Basilica. They met when Brother Christopher was practicing the pipe organ and one of the floor pedals stuck, making a loud bass sound. Benny came to the rescue and managed to wiggle under the organ pedal, just enough to release it. That was the beginning of a great friendship–and now Benny pounces on the organ pedals at just the right times to help Brother Christopher play hymns!
When Brother Christopher writes cards using calligraphy, a specialty taught at the Abbey, Benny often dips his tail in the ink and adds a few words. If Brother Christopher is late for evening prayer, he’s just feeding and tending to all his little animal friends…especially Benny the Mouse.