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
Feast Day: December 13
Patronages: Against Blindness
Against Eye Disease
Against Sore Throats
Against Spiritual Blindness
Stained Glass Workers
Places: Santa Lucia (Saint Lucy), Barbados
Begijnendijk, Flemish Brabant, Belgium
Santa Lucia Nicaragua
Eyes on a Dish
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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