Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Virginmartyr Lucy of Syracuse

Commemorated on December 13

Saint Lucy was born in Syracuse, Sicily during the reign of Diocletian. She distributed her wealth to the poor, and made a vow of virginity. Since she refused to marry him, a rejected suitor denounced her to the prefect Paschasius as a Christian, and she was arrested. She was sentenced to be defiled in a brothel, but with God's help she preserved her purity.

Then the pagans attempted to burn her alive, but she was not harmed by the fire. Finally, she was killed by a sword thrust to the throat.

The name Lucy (Lucia) is derived for the Latin word for light (lux), and so she is often invoked for afflictions of the eyes. There is a tradition that she was blinded by her torturers, and the church of San Giovanni Maggiore in Naples even claims to possess her eyes.

Today's saint should not be confused with St Lucy of Campania (July 6).


Wearing the radiant cloak of virginity And being betrothed to the Lifegiver Christ You forsook the love of your earthly betrothed O Lucy Virgin-Martyr Therefore as a bridal gift You have brought to Christ the outpouring of your blood You also intercede to Him for us all!


SAINT OR FEAST POSTED THIS DATE 2010(with 2009's link here also and further, 2008's, even 2007!)

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