Devotions of the Witch was born in an effort to reproduce, in pagan form, the missal I'd had when I was much younger, in the Catholic Church. As a young Italian-American woman, I was given a missal upon my confirmation in the church, that contained prayers and petitions dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and all the saints recognized by the church at that time. Not only did it contain prayers, but it also included a calendar of holy days, and a Litany of Saints that would be recited by the priest on special occasions, with the appropriate responses required by the faithful. I always loved the concept of remembering the sacrifice of the church's heroes and heroines in that manner. So I decided to create a pagan version of this once-beloved book.
I included many of the prayers I'd written upon the births of my children, and during their lives, those prayers I taught them at table, etc. Some of these were originally meant only to be my personal blessings upon my beloved children, but I wanted to share those feelings with others. I also created a calendar of holy days, including the days known to the world of the sacrifices of those who were harassed, tortured or even murdered in the name of their differences with the church. This I call the Litany of Martyrs. There are ancient hymns recorded in the book, and some new words to be sung to traditional melodies, in a format called 'filk'. The focus of these prayers and hymns is the many Goddesses known in both ancient Rome and modern Italy, and the martyrs are those who suffered within the confines of the ancient empire, through modern times in Italy.
I have received praise for this book:
A fan writes:
"Your prayer book has really struck a cord [sic] with me, it's lovely. I was also raised Roman Catholic."
Devotions for the Witch: Devozioni della Strega is available through my publisher, at http://stores.lulu.com/deliathecrone.