St. Lucy — Pray for Us!
Memorial of Saint Lucy
Saint Lucy was a young woman who lived from 283-304 in Italy. She was born in Sicily of a noble Greek family and was raised Christian by her mother, who was cured at the shrine of St Agatha in Catania, on the Eastern coast of Sicily. Lucy was very devout and vowed virginity at an early age and gave her wealth away to the poor. This angered the young man she was unwillingly engaged to and he denounced her to the Roman prefect Paschasius, the governor of Sicily. It was decided that her virginity should be violated in a shameful place. Lucy, with the Lord’s help, was immovable, proclaiming that those who live holy lives were temples of the Holy Spirit. When they built a fire around her, she was again saved. When these tactics failed, she was finally put to death by the sword. She was finally put to death by the sword. Her name appears in the second listing of saints in Eucharistic Prayer number I, also known as the Roman Canon. And, she is highly venerated in Sweden.
Art: Burial of St. Lucy, Caravaggio, 1608, PD-US author’s life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.