What Is a Malocchio Prayer in Italian?

What Is a Malocchio Prayer in Italian?An Italian malocchio prayer is part of a ritual to ward off the malocchio, commonly known in Italian folklore as the “evil eye.” According to superstition, the most effective time to pray is on Christmas Eve.

A diagnostic of whether a person has been cursed with the malocchio by someone else must be made before the prayer. Three drips of olive oil in a basin of water can be used to diagnose malocchio.

The evil eye is present if the oil creates an eye shape. Those present make the sign of the cross and recite the words “in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” as the drops separate. “Father, this prayer is being offered for (name), and I pray it works in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” the participants say three times.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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