Feasts of the Seven Sisters: Madonna of the Baths in Scafati
Madonna dei Bagni
"Madonna of the Baths"
Sunday after Ascension
This Madonna is particularly associated with the healing waters found near her sanctuary, which harken back to pre-Christian rites. Here is a beautiful traditional invocation sung in her honor by Marcello Colasurdo:
A ritual for the Madonna of the Baths
If you can't make the trip out to Scafati this year, consider cleansing yourself using this traditional folk recipe, courtesy of the Santuario Madonna dei Bagni Facebook page.
Before it gets dark on the Vigil of the Ascension (that is, the day before Ascension), gather roses and mint. Combine with water in a basin. You may pray:
Maronna re’ Bagn
facile e acqua che scuri e che rose,
Puort l’ammor e
Santific e Purific