is the ciciarata?
Cicerata is an italian name to express a meal of
an abundance of chick peas, pasta, and sauce.
This is the main course served at every yearly
festival. The meal represents the charity of
St.Francis to the local people of ambler, visitors
and friends of the society. The community is open
to participate in the meal without any cost. It
is also a tradition that reminds people that
Francis used the same meal to feed the poor of his
time. Much time and energy goes into the
preparation and making of the meal.
The Cicerata is enjoyed
as the pinnacle of the festival for St. Francis. The meal takes place in the
middle of the festival day.
The day starts out with attending mass at
St. Joseph's Church in Ambler.
The Mass is in honor of St.Francis with its homily
centered on Francis's message of love or
"charitas". After the mass, the community begins
is procession throughout the town of Ambler. The
procession starts at the church and ends at the
L.R.B. sons of Italy club on E.Butler pike in
Ambler where the festival meal is celebrated.
The festival lasts until the evening hours where
music, dancing and singing can be enjoyed.