Saint Lucy

Feast Day - December 13

Patron Saint of the Poor and Eyes

Saint Lucy was born in Syracuse which was a Roman province under the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (r.284-305).  Emperor Diocletian mounted some of the fiercest persecutions of the early Church especially in the East of the Empire.  Lucy was a devout Christian and had taken vows of chastity. 

Rather than accept the hand in marriage of a lover who desired her for the sake of her beautiful eyes, she plucked them out, and sent them to him with this message: "Here hast thou what thou so much desirest; and for the rest, I beseech thee, leave me now in peace!"  Nevertheless, as the legend expressly tells us, her sight was restored to her the next day.  Her martyrdom, instigated by her rejected lover, was accomplished by a dagger thrust into her neck in AD 303.

Prayer of Saint Lucy
 

 


Saint Lucy, you did not hide your light under a basket, but let it shine for the whole world, for all the centuries to see. We may not suffer torture in our lives the way you did, but we are still called to let the light of our Christianity illumine our daily lives. Please help us to have the courage to bring our Christianity into our work, our recreation, our relationships, our conversation -- every corner of our day.  Amen
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