Saint Onuphrius was an Egyptian monk that lived in absolute solitude in the desert for sixty years to purify his soul, feeding on dates and drinking water from a miraculous spring. His skin was parched and sunburned and his very long hair covered his whole body.

Saint Onuphrius is the protector of the city of Palermo. The celebrations in his honor last for one week every year.

The Sicilian girls who want to find a husband and those who have lost something address the following prayer to him:

Santu Nofriu, pilusu-pilusu

Tuttu amabili e amurusu

Pi’ li vostri santi pila

Facitimi sta grazia

Diccà a stasira

Saint Onophrius, hairy, hairy,

Very lovable, and loving.

By your holy hair,

Grant me this favor

By this evening.

Yesterday, I went to Lake Pergusa to do jogging. After I finished my workout and was about to open my car, I realized that I had lost the key. It happened while I was doing exercises with the apparatuses by the lakeside. At that moment, I was very worried. Then, I invoked Saint Onuphrius and asked him to make me find my lost key. Miraculously, I found it!

Was it a miracle by Saint Onuphrius? I think so.

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

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