My grandma taught me these traditional prayers, which I still say in Sicilian every night before sleeping, even now that I am old. The first prayer is:
I MI CURCU NE STU LETTU
I mi curcu ne stu lettu
C’è a Madonna supra u pettu
I dormu e idda viglia
Su c’è cosa m’arriviglia.
I SLEEP IN THIS BED
I sleep in this bed
There is Mary over my chest
I sleep and she watches over me
If something bad is going to happen she will wake me.
The second prayer is:
CCU GESU’ SUGNU
Ccu Gesù sugnu, ccu Gesù staiu.
Stannu ccu Gesù I paura un’aiu
Sacciu a curcata,
Un sacciu a livata,
L’arma mi sia sempri raccumannata
I AM WITH JESUS
I am with Jesus, I stay with Jesus.
As long as I am with Jesus, I have no fears.
I know I am going to sleep
But I don’t know if I will awake.
My soul is always commended
To the protection of Jesus.
Ettore Grillo author of these books:
– November 2 The Day of the Dead in Sicily
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind