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Saint Lucy (of Syracuse)

AKA: Lucia; Lucie

Born: c. 283 in Syracuse, Sicily

Died: 304 in Syracuse, Sicily after being stabbed in the throat
Her relics are honored in churches throughout Europe

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Orthodox Church
Anglican Communion
Lutheran Church

Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Feast Day: December 13

Patronages: Against Blindness
Against Dysentery
Against Epidemics
Against Eye Disease
Against Hemorraghes
Against Sore Throats
Against Fire
Against Poverty
Against Spiritual Blindness
Martyrs
Peasants
Penitent Prostitutes
Poor People
Sick Children
Authors
Cutlers
Eyes
Farmers
Glass Blowers
Glass Makers
Glaziers
Gondoliers
Laborers
Lamp Lighters
Lawyers
Maid Servants
Notaries
Ophthalmologists
Opticians
Porters
Printers
Saddlers
Sailors
Salesmen
Seamstresses
Stained Glass Workers
Tailors
Upholsterers
Weavers
Writers
Places: Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy), Barbados
Begijnendijk, Flemish Brabant, Belgium
Italy
Mtarfa, Malta
Santa Lucia Nicaragua
Toledo, Spain

Representation: Cord
Eyes
Eyes on a Dish
Lamp
Swords
Woman Hitches to a Yoke of Oxen
Woman in the company of Saint Agatha, Saint Agnes of Rome, Barbar, Catherine of Alexandria and Saint Thecla
Woman Kneeling before the Tomb of Saint Agatha

Saint Lucy, a native of Syracuse in Sicily, was from her cradle educated in the Faith of Christ under the care of her widowed mother, Eutychia.  At an early age she secretly made a vow of virginity.  She accompanied her long-suffering mother to the tomb of Saint Agatha, and there her mother was cured of her disease.  Saint Lucy then disclosed to her mother the vow she had taken, and her mother, in gratitude for her recovery, left her free to follow her pious inclinations.

The young nobleman who had sought her in marriage was so enraged that he accused Lucy of being a Christian.  She was imprisoned, but God gave her grace to overcome the tortures she was made to endure.  About the year 304, during the fierce war waged against the Christians under Diocletian, Saint Lucy met her death by the sword.

Prayer: Lord, may the intercession of Your virgin and martyr, Saint Lucy, help us so that, as we celebrate her heavenly birthday on earth, we may contemplate her triumph in heaven.  Amen.

 

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